Howard makes move on Edgewood

January 07, 1993|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

If the season's first month is any indication, Howard's wrestling program, which has languished in the county's lower division for years, might be on the verge of a comeback.

And if last night's 47-28 victory over visiting Edgewood is a valid barometer, the Lions could be making their move soon.

The Lions recorded seven pins, including six in the first period, to improve their record to 5-1. They also did it despite a two-week layoff.

"This is the best team we've had since I've been here," said senior 125-pounder Mark Grinspoon, a four-year performer who has wrestled well through the bad times. He finished second in last year's county tournament.

"We've got young people who have been improving since the first day. They're picking up moves quicker than I ever did," said Grinspoon. "We should do extremely well this year. I think we're going to win the counties."

Grinspoon (8-2) did his part last night. He needed only 21 seconds to pin Edgewood's Chad Haden.

Seniors Josh Tzucker (140), Josh Shefrin (145) and John Wiland (152) also did their jobs. Tzucker improved his record to 10-1 by pinning Tim Mohr in 23 seconds. Shefrin, maybe the team's biggest surprise, needed 89 seconds to pin Russ Robai and remain undefeated with 10 pins in 10 matches. Wiland advanced to 10-1 with a first-period pin of Greg Cherry. Junior Seth Eldridge, another returnee, improved to 8-2 by pinning Eric Wench in 77 seconds.

The rest of the victory belonged to the freshman duo of T. J. Dameron (112) and Chris Poling (119). Dameron tied the match at 6 by pinning Stephan Campagna in 53 seconds. Poling won the evening's only dramatic match, when he erased a 6-0 deficit by pinning Eric Nelson midway through the third period.

Edgewood produced four pins. Robert Loss pinned freshman Robert Watson in the 103-pound class. Mihn Dang, a state finalist last year, remained unbeaten with a first-period pin of Brian Weeber. Tim Beach (171) pinned Eric Paskin in the first period. And John Cephalis finished the Rams' scoring with a third-period pin of freshman Frank Tortella, who suffered his first defeat of the season.

Howard in no way resembled a team used to losing. Before the Lions pounded the Rams, they unveiled new uniforms, thanks to a successful raffle organized by the team's parents.

"These kids have done everything I've asked of them. We've got a new class of wrestlers in this year, and now we've got some established stoppers. And the parental involvement has been unbelievable," said Howard coach Fred Bullock.

"There is a difference between a good team and a championship team. Right now, Howard is a good team. I'm very pleased."

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