Mt. St. Joseph's Neville enjoys playing heavy 152-pound county resident pins down opponent at 189 Wrestling notebook

January 18, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Kevin Neville, a Mount St. Joseph wrestler who is a county resident, has learned his lesson about coming to practice over his required weight of 152 pounds.

Wrestling at 189 pounds against John Carroll last week, Neville (18-2) picked up his 11th pin, but it wasn't Wrestling notebook

easy for the top-ranked, defending Maryland Scholastic Association champion.

"I took a forfeit against [Archbishop] Curley, but I got the guy from John Carroll on his back in about 15 seconds," said Neville, a first-team All-Metro pick. "He bench-pressed me off of his chest like I was nothing, but I ended up pinning him in about a minute and 15 seconds. It was kind of fun."

* In the 17-team South River Invitational over the weekend, Glenelg had one place winner in the top four -- but it was Shawn Chaconas (160), who was first.

Chaconas, a senior, used a 33-second pin, a 4-1 decision and a fall of 1:12 in the title bout to improve his overall record to 9-2 with six falls and one technical fall.

It was his fifth straight victory since a runner-up finish in the Francis Scott Key Invitational, where he dropped a 10-6 decision to Key's fourth-ranked, Carroll County champion, Ed Null.

Chaconas faces an equally tough challenge this week, taking on Wilde Lake's Robert McGrain tomorrow. On Thursday, he will likely have a difficult time against defending county dual-meet champion Hammond.

* Adam Seidman's effort in Saturday's Arundel wrestling tournament was outstanding.

The 140-pound, three-time county champion and Oakland Mills senior not only eclipsed Howard County's career victory total of (106, previously held by Jeff Rosenberg of Oakland Mills, but he captured his third straight Arundel tournament title, 6-4, in overtime over a defending New Jersey state champion. Seidman now has 108 career wins.

The performance of his heavyweight teammate, 6-foot-3, 230-pound Justin Wethington, was nearly lost amid all the hoopla over Seidman.

The solidly built Wethington (9-4) upset the No. 1 seed, Arundel's previously unbeaten John Noon (17-1, 13 pins) in the semifinal before facing Raul Davila of St. Benedict's in the title bout.

Davila had pinned his two previous opponents, including a seven-second fall in the first round. But after a fierce battle, Wethington planted Davila 32 seconds into the final period for the crown.

With his performance, Wethington showed few side effects from an early-season football injury to his left fibula.

"It was the first game of the season against North County, and it hurt his prospects for Division I football," said his father, Ray Wethington, whose son carries a 3.25 grade-point average and scored 1100 on his Scholastic Aptitude Test.

"He was third-team All-American just on what he did as a junior," said Ray Wethington. "He was looking forward to a great football senior year."

Football is still in his future.

He recently made a visit to Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., and has interviews planned at Pennsylvania, Columbia and Wake Forest universities.

Meanwhile, Wethington continues to make great strides on the mat.

He had early losses to a couple of 275-pound wrestlers who pinned him -- Walt Whitman's top-ranked Emil Dolzeal and Francis Scott Key's Mark Smith.

He avenged his loss to Smith, hung tough in a 6-4 loss to Riverdale Baptist's third-ranked Blaine Gasch and lost to Aberdeen's then-unbeaten 275-pound county champion, Aaron Wanless.

With Wethington in the lineup, it appears that the Scorpions' tradition of producing powerful heavyweight state champions -- like Monte Spencer and Quinton Gough -- is on steady legs.

Top 15

1. Mount St. Joseph (4-0) 105

2. Old Mill (3-0) 98

3. North Carroll (7-0) 86

4. Northeast (9-0) 80

5. Boys' Latin (4-0) 70

6. Francis Scott Key (6-0) 66

tie. Owings Mills (9-0) 66

8. Gilman (5-1) 65

9. Randallstown (7-1) 49

10. Hammond (7-1) 45

11. Dundalk (6-0) 33

12. Aberdeen (8-1) 29

13. Arundel (6-2) 15

14. Chesapeake-AA (3-4) 09

tie. Wilde Lake (7-1) 09

Other teams receiving votes, with record and points in parentheses: Overlea (3-2, 4), Dulaney (3-2, 2), EVT (5-2, 1), South Carroll (6-3, 1).

How the poll is conducted: The members of The Baltimore Sun's board of coaches for the 1992-93 season are: Dick Slutzky, Aberdeen; John Mayberry, Broadneck; Steve Carnahan, Oakland Mills; Dick Bauerlein, North Carroll; Jeff Langrehr, Randallstown; Paul Triplett; Mount St. Joseph; Lem Satterfield, The Baltimore Sun.

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