Identical twins pin success on best of sibling...

January 22, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Identical twins pin success on best of sibling rivalry

Wrestlers supply home criticism

Identical twin brothers who wrestle have their own worst critics close to home.

"If I lose, Dan tells me how dumb I looked, and what I should have done," said Arundel's Don Waters (125), who is older and heavier, but less experienced than twin brother, Dan.

"He can't beat me," said Dan (119). "There's no way -- ever."

Northeast's Mike Kusick berated his twin Marty for what he considered a lackluster effort, a recent 8-7 decision of DeMatha's top-ranked Todd Beckerman (28-1, 24 pins).

"You were terrible," said Mike, inches from Marty's face as Marty walked off the mat. "There was no way it should have been that close."

"I didn't like it at first," said Marty. "But after thinking about it, he was right."

But beyond the criticism, wrestling twins have some advantages over other wrestlers.

One is the scouting reports on common opponents -- just ask the Kusick twins.

After being told what to look for against Frederick's 4A-3A state champ Tim Novak, whom Marty Kusick beat, 8-5, last season, Mike pinned Novak in a wrestling tournament over the summer.

Justin -- considered the better of Randallstown's Grodnitzkys -- was pinned by Franklin's Jerry Hudson, who later struggled in an win over his twin, Brandon.

"I was even beating him with a few seconds left," Brandon, 17, said. "But he got some questionable back points."

And a twin always has a full-time sparring partner nearly his own size who can match him move for move.

"Our styles are so similar. We know each other so well that it forces you to try new things, do the unexpected," said Ken Seavey (140-145), an Old Mill senior who is 10 minutes older and heavier than Kevin (130-135).

Boys' Latin's Mike Harrison (125) said, "I can't think of any difference between the way we wrestle."

"We're both pretty aggressive," said Ashley (119), who is three minutes younger. "We like to take the first [takedown] shot and we both use the legs."

"We had it all planned out," said Marty, recalling a junior league championship wrestling bout against Mike. "We said we'd go out and basically play around, you know? Put on a show."

Mike, who is older by two minutes, didn't go along with the ruse. He flattened Marty in 40 seconds.

"It was just instinct," said Mike, 16. "Pinning him was the first thing I thought of."

Marty never has forgotten the humility of that day. Mike, however, feels no remorse.

"It's not like he'd have beat me," said Mike. "He can't beat me."

In five competitions, Marty never has won, the closest being a 9-8 loss.

Each was a freshman Anne Arundel County champion last year, with Marty (27-1-1) winning a regional crown and placing third in the state tournament. Mike (28-2) was a regional and state runner-up.

"It was disappointing because we wanted to win four state titles," said Mike. "But my brother told me I wrestled a good match."

Said Marty: "We were like, 'There goes our four titles,' but I think we can both be three-time champs."

The Seaveys

The Seaveys, who are seniors with "A" averages, began competing in wrestling just two years ago to beef up their college resumes. Neither had played an organized sport before wrestling.

"It's an extracurricular activity," said Ken, who was fourth in Anne Arundel County last year.

"We didn't know how good Old Mill's program was [four-time state champion]. We had no idea we'd make the kinds of contributions we're making now."

Kevin, a co-captain this year, was an Anne Arundel County runner-up last year and placed fourth in the regional tournament.

"Last year, we both lacked intensity," said Kevin. "I'm picking up the intensity a little more, looking more for the pin. Ken's more satisfied with winning decisions, but he's getting better."

In a 54-12 victory against South River two weeks ago, Kevin had a pin in 3:42 and Ken's came in 3:41.

"They're styles are so similar," said teammate Rick Oleszczuk, who wrestles at either 135 or 140 pounds. "Kenneth helps me work on my takedowns. Kevin helps me on mat wrestling."

The Harrisons

The Harrisons are virtually indistinguishable to the first-time viewer, but their speech patterns differ.

"I tend to talk faster," said Ashley, who is more outgoing.

Both juniors, the Harrisons began wrestling in the fifth grade.

"We can wrestle and not fight that often," said Mike. "It's not really fair to say who's better. Ashley's had tougher guys so far."

Ashley has lost close decisions to Aberdeen's state champion Zack Fowl and Gilman's third-ranked Gerard Harrison.

"I wrestled [St. Paul's fifth-ranked] Steve Truitt three times last year [and went 1-1-1]," Ashley said. "My brother lost to him once this year."

The Harrisons say they'll both get much better.

"We usually go jogging the night before matches," Ashley said. "If I lose, he tells me what I did wrong, what I should improve."

The Waters

Admittedly brash and cocky like the Kusicks, Dan Waters began wrestling as a freshman, Don as a sophomore.

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