Loyola's Smith falls in ranks, but not on mat Despite 23-1 mark, MSWA decides senior doesn't rate # Wrestling notebook

January 25, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Loyola wrestler Greg Smith is frustrated and confused by his fall from the Maryland State Wrestling Association rankings, but it hasn't affected his performance on the mats.

The 140-pound Dons' senior was ranked No. 4 by the MSWA at the start of the season and fifth after his only loss, 4-3 to Calvert Hall's No. 6 Shawn King.

But at 23-1 with 12 pins and a technical fall, and Wrestling notebook

ith tournament titles at Smithsburg, two at Friends and another at Meade, Smith was slightly miffed at not being listed in the latest MSWA rankings.

With four pins at Saturday's Friends Invitational, Smith has recorded six straight falls.

Teammates Jason Gibson (119) and third-ranked, Maryland Scholastic Association champion Dave Daniecki (189) also were first at Friends, with two-time MSA champion Tim Spielman (135) finishing second and sustaining an ankle injury that could end his high school career.

At the Smithsburg tournament last month, Smith had hoped to face the host team's top-ranked, state runner-up Doug Batey, but Batey moved up to 145. He also looked to avenge his loss to King in Friday's dual-meet victory at Loyola, but King also jumped to 145.

"He [King] weighed in at 140, and I felt ready," said Smith, whose Calvert Hall substitute lasted 21 seconds. "When he didn't come out, I was disappointed. Angry. Psychologically, it'll hurt him when we meet in the [MSA tournament]."

Smith, whose four-year, cumulative grade point is above 4.0 (on a 5.0 weighted grading scale), has received a nomination from Sen. Barbara Mikulski to the Naval Academy and awaits the school's decision.

On the rebound

Edgewood's defending Harford County and regional champ, Minh Dang, says losing for the first time may have been just what he needed.

Entering a Jan. 12 tri-match with Aberdeen and Joppatowne, Dang was 9-0 with titles in both the North East (Cecil County) and John Carroll tournaments. He owned victories over Delaware state champion, Kevin Butswinkas (St. Mark's), and St. Paul's fifth-ranked Steve Truitt.

But Aberdeen's two-time state champ, Zack Fowl, the top-ranked 119-pounder, moved up to snatch a 3-2 victory from Dang, who rebounded an hour later with a 7-5 overtime win over Joppatowne's Brian McCarthy.

"I didn't wrestle my best, but it [losing] did me some good," said Dang, 17. He has since won three straight, including a pin of Howard County runner-up Mark Grinspoon (Howard High) in the title bout of Saturday's Edgewood tournament.

Dang (26-4 last year) dropped last year's 2A-1A state title bout, 8-6, to Owings Mill's Corey Setlen (32-1).

"I've faced some tough guys this year," Dang said. "I'm taking it match by match."

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