Edgewood's leaders: seniors plus Schimmel Sophomore teams with Dang, Beach

January 31, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Seniors Minh Tri Dang and Tim Beach are the leaders of Edgewood High School's wrestling team, but sophomore David Schimmel has been attracting the attention.

Each had just one loss before yesterday's tri-meet at Hammond, but Schimmel gets an asterisk.

The sophomore, who came up through the Edgewood recreation program, had a good season a year ago (27-4), including a third in the regionals for the second straight year. He started this year at 119, and was 3-1 through his first four matches, with two falls.

At that point, first-year head coach Mark Zvitkovitz moved Schimmel to 130 pounds -- state finalist Dang was entrenched at 125 -- and neither coach nor pupil was prepared for subsequent results.

Schimmel pinned one foe and decisioned two others in winning the 130-pound title in the John Carroll tournament and hasn't been stopped yet. His 130 record is 14-0 with seven falls.

"I didn't think he could do it this successfully," said Zvitkovitz, who had been the team's assistant coach the previous two years, "but he has shown great improvement. He went to the states last year and is building on that experience."

Schimmel himself is surprised by the record.

"I didn't think I'd do as well as I have," he said. "Still, I'm comfortable at 130, because I'm used to wrestling guys more my size -- those that are physically comparable."

At the same time, he is thinking about dropping back to 119 for the postseason meets, because, as he said, "By the regionals and states, those 135- 140-pounders will be dropping down, too."

Dang (14-1 with six falls) came to wrestling naturally, as an older brother, Minh Chau, and a cousin, Ty Long, competed for Edgewood.

"Six weeks ago, after I beat a Delaware champion [Kevin Butswinkas of St. Mark's], I felt I could beat anybody," he said.

Then came what may have been the best tri-match pairings of the season. Aberdeen's Zack Fowl, top-rated in the state at 119, moved up to 125 and defeated Dang, No. 1 in the state at 125, and Brian McCarthy of Joppatowne, No. 6 in the state at 125, in hotly contested matches.

"After Zack beat me, that brought me back to reality," Dang said. "I was ready for him, but you can't get up for every match. `D Sometimes, you may take someone more lightly than you should, but you still go in trying to do your best."

Beach is 14-1 with six falls at 171 pounds, his only loss coming in last week's Edgewood tournament, when he rallied from 1-4 to tie in regulation, then lost in overtime, 6-4, to Mac Goudy of Hammond.

"At 171, you see more brute strength and less technical efforts, but I consider myself a technical wrestler," Beach said.

"Starting out, everybody wants to go undefeated, but not many do it. Since losing, I've worked much harder this week."

In his previous two seasons, Beach placed third and second in the county meets and twice got third in the region.

A three-sport athlete, Beach started at end and was the place-kicker on the football team, and is considered a solid college lacrosse prospect as a midfielder.

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