Tournament championship keeps Hammond rolling along Smith says team pointing to county meet Wrestling notebook

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

Defending county dual-meet champion Hammond is building momentum after recent wins over county tournament champ Oakland Mills and then-No. 14 Wilde Lake.

To win Saturday's Edgewood tournament, Hammond (198.5 points) placed 12 Wrestling notebook

wrestlers in the top four of their weight classes with five champs, to edge Cecil County's Rising Sun (197).

Hammond's Pat Brennan (189, 14-2) pinned his Rising Sun opponent at 3:32 of their title bout to secure the title.

"He was up, 9-1, so he had the major decision we needed to win by a half point," said Hammond coach Bill Smith. "We were down 8 1/2 points going into the consolation finals and we only won three of six there. Our backs were against the wall for the finals."

Sophomore Mike Chang (112, 11-6) trailed his Rising Sun opponent, 7-6, before a third-period takedown and subsequent back-points earned his title, 10-8.

Junior teammate Danny Proulx (119, 15-3) followed with a 10-3 decision, but Hammond's John Motley (130) dropped his title bout to Edgewood's Dave Schimmel (16-1).

Josh Stokes (145, 14-2) followed with Hammond's most impressive effort. Stokes (nine pins) decked all of his opponents, including a second-period fall over Howard's sixth-ranked Jason Shefrin (16-2, 16 pins) in the title bout. County champ Mac Goudy (171, 14-3), won, 6-4 in overtime, over Edgewood's Tim Beach (13-1).

Hammond's Erin Woodward (152), who was taking a Scholastic Aptitude Test in Beltsville, arrived five minutes after his first-round match was ruled a forfeit. he had no problem taking third place, along with teammates Amit Kapoor (103) and Brian Law (125).

Nakia White (140), Jimmy Weston (160) and heavyweight Jimmy Jackson were fourth for Hammond.

"This gives us confidence. The kids are starting to peak," said Smith. "The drive is to keep our dual-meet record intact and prepare for the county tournament."

County residents Danny DeVivo and Kevin Neville, top ranked at 160 and 152 pounds, respectively, by the Maryland State Wrestling Association, scored three victories each to help lift top-ranked Mount St. Joseph (7-0) to a quad-meet sweep at Montgomery County's Bullis Saturday.

The Gaels' biggest win came by 42-21 over Riverdale Baptist of Prince George's County, the MSWA's top-ranked team in front of No. 2 Mount St. Joseph.

The Gaels also downed Bullis, 48-21, and Altoona (Pa.), 36-24.

Neville bumped up two weight classes, where he notched a 6-4 overtime victory over Riverdale Baptist's No. 2-ranked Greg David (25-3), the Crusaders' best wrestler with a two-year 70-5 record.

"There was a lot of pressure on me because I said I wanted to go up. I knew my match would be the turning point either way," said Neville, whose 21-2 record includes 11 pins and a technical fall. "When I won, it felt like there was 100 pounds taken off of my shoulders."

DeVivo (20-2) took 54 seconds to finish the Crusaders' Jake Barry, once ranked sixth by the MSWA. Columbia resident Russell Fecteau (125) built a 7-2 lead on Riverdale Baptist's sixth-ranked Phil Meenan before pinning him in three minutes.

Fecteau nearly upset Bullis' fourth-ranked John Tam before losing, 15-14.

Almost there

In 1987, Dick Messier coached DeMatha to an upset of Aberdeen, ending a three-year dual-meet winning streak.

Friday night in Millersville, the Halethorpe resident watched his Stags (6-2) fall short of upsetting four-time state champion, Old Mill, ranked No. 2 in The Baltimore Sun poll and No. 6 by the MSWA.

DeMatha led, 26-12, with four bouts left, but the Patriots (6-0) scored three pins and a major decision to increase their dual-meet streak to 27 straight wins with a 34-26 decision.

The Stags -- ranked No. 10 by the MSWA -- were without starting heavyweight wrestler, Decun Jamgochian, a promising football player who was taking a college visit.

"With him [Jamgochian], it might have been a different story," said Messier, whose Stags are seven-time Metro Conference champions. "But I think that all of our kids wrestled well and I'm glad Old Mill gave us the opportunity."

Strong showing

Westminster coach Solomon Carr got nearly everything he wanted out of his Owls at Saturday's Friends Tournament -- except first place in the team standings.

His fifth-ranked, 145-pound wrestler, Neil Brennan (21-2), swept through his weight class.

Another Owls champion was Brad Shisler (135, 16-6), who won by default over Loyola's two-time Maryland Scholastic Association champion, Tim Spielman.

After suffering an ankle injury on Shisler's takedown attempt early in the bout, Spielman couldn't continue.

Carr said Matt Warner (103) was another champion for the Owls. Ray Green (third) placed at 103, and Ben Earhart (125) and Dennis Jennings (152) placed fourth.

Overall, however, the Owls were runners-up in the 18-team field to Loyola, a team Westminster vanquished in an earlier dual meet.

"I'm pleased with the effort," said Carr, whose Owls are 4-5 in dual meets. "I would have liked to come in first place, but it didn't go that way."

Next up for the Owls: a visit from third-ranked Carroll County rival North Carroll tomorrow night.

Top 15

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

2. Old Mill (3-0) 98

3. North Carroll (8-0) 80

4. Northeast (11-0) 76

5. Francis Scott Key (7-0) 67

6. Owings Mills (9-0) 66

7. Boys' Latin (5-0) 60

8. Gilman (5-1) 57

9. Randallstown (7-3) 56

10. Hammond (8-1) 48

11. Dundalk (6-0) 38

12. Aberdeen (8-1) 33

13. Arundel (7-2) 18

14. Chesapeake-AA (4-4) 09

15. Overlea (5-1) 06

Other teams receiving votes, with record and points in parentheses: Oakland Mills (2-6, 2), Wilde Lake (7-2, 2), EVT (5-2, 2), South Carroll (6-3, 1), Perry Hall (6-3, 1).

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