Arundel, South River friends are foes alike Wrestling notebook

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

Arundel's Greg Booth and South River's Jaron Hairston have a few things in common.

First of all, they're both seniors who are good friends.

They are also both highly ranked 171-pounders by the Maryland State Wrestling Association, with Booth at No. 3 and Hairston at No. 5.

And each is coming off of big wins in weekend tournaments.

Booth improved to 16-1 with three wins in the Arundel Tournament, including a 7-3 title bout decision over McDonough's sixth-ranked Chris Brown, a wrestler who was third in last year's 4A-3A state tournament.

Booth, who recorded his 12th and 13th pins Saturday, was also the champion of the Dec. 29-30 Arundel Holiday Invitational tournament, including a 6-4 overtime decision of Wilde Lake's sixth-ranked Mike Green. His only loss came in an overtime loss at 189 pounds to Loyola's third-ranked Dave Daniecki.

Hairston, who owns a 6-4 decision of Chris Brown, breezed through South River's tournament with a pin and technical falls of 15-0 and 17-2 to increase his overall record to 14-1 with nine pins and three technical falls.

Hairston's only loss of the season came in the title bout of the Lackey Tournament, 6-5, to Springbrook's fourth-ranked Mike Sniffen after holding a 4-0 lead.

Hairston is also the champion of the Frederick Douglass tournament, taking just 1:59 to finish Douglass' Greg Lawrence, who was coming off of a victory over Wilde Lake's Green.

Another thing that the two wrestlers have in common is that they'll both be facing perhaps their toughest opponents of the season: Each other.

"I know it's going to be close -- neither one of us really expects a pin," said Hairston, who is still trying to get over the flu. "If someone gets pinned, it'll happen because someone gets caught."

Neither wrestler has swapped strategies with the other.

"We really don't talk that much about wrestling when we talk to each other," Booth said. "We just kind of share information on other people that we've both wrestled. We really don't discuss where our own strengths and weaknesses are."

Booth beat Hairston twice last year, but expects to see a vastly improved opponent when they square off a week from Friday in a Jan. 29 tri-meet with Severna Park.

"I would expect that having wrestled a lot in the past, with a lot of close matches, this won't be any different," said Booth, a county and regional runner-up.

"This is not the first or the last time that I think we'll be seeing each other," Hairston said. "It'll probably be in the countys, regionals and states, too."

RTC Two days earlier, however, Booth, who was fourth in the state last year, may have to get past Old Mill's second-ranked state champion Marc Proccacini. Proccacini, a county and regional champ, normally competes at 160, but has hinted he'll move to 171 to face Booth next week.

A year ago, Booth dropped to 160 from 171 pounds and lost to Proccacini.

* Before No. 2 Old Mill can begin thinking about No. 10 Arundel, however, the four-time, defending 4A-3A champion Patriots, ranked No. 6 by the MSWA, must contend with DeMatha in this Friday's tri-meet at North County.

DeMatha has won the Metro Conference championship seven times.

The Stags, ranked No. 10 by the MSWA, are coming off a couple of excellent tournament efforts -- including a win at the Aberdeen tournament two weeks ago. They were runners-up in the Arundel tournament Saturday, overcoming a nine-team field that included No. 4 Northeast (third place) and Charles County's McDonough (fifth), which are ranked No. 7 and No. 3 by the MSWA respectively. Host Arundel, ranked No. 10 in The Baltimore Sun poll, placed seventh.

* Southern (164.5 points) had an exceptional tournament weekend at South River, earning second place behind champion Chopticon (188.5) with champions in Nathaniel Boothe (125) and Harold Glenn (135).

Senior Sherrard Neal (130) was a runner-up, freshman Tyrone Neal Jr. (119) and Robert Moreland (171) were third, and Greg Ihnat (160) was fourth.

South River (fifth) was led by Hairston, third-place finishers Travis Murdoch (112) and Jamie Reid (130) and fourth-place winners Gene Reid (103) and Tim Ballard (125).

The charge of DeMatha's Stags begins with top-ranked, 103-pounder Todd Beckerman (29-1), a Crofton resident whose record includes 24 pins (21 in the first period).

Beckerman, a world champion in Sombo wrestling, pinned Quince Orchard's David Chee in 1:47 of their title bout of Saturday's Arundel tournament. Beckerman is also the champion of the Aberdeen, Maryland Invitational, Annapolis, Frederick Douglass, Lackey and Herndon, (Va.) tournaments.

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 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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