Glenelg's Chaconas rolling over opponents Wrestling notebook

February 01, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Glenelg's Shawn Chaconas is on a roll.

The Gladiators' 160-pound senior has reeled off nine straight victories since losing in the title bout of the Francis Scott Key Invitational to the host team's fourth-ranked Ed Null, 10-6. His latest victory came in the Gladiators' 55-9 loss to Oakland Mills Saturday, where he edged the Scorpions' Geoff Henderson, 4-2, in overtime.

In Henderson, Chaconas faced a muscular wrestler who had beaten No. 6 Northeast's regional champion, Al Grunder, in the title bout of the Arundel Holiday Tournament. Henderson was a Lackey tournament runner-up who also held his own in two decision losses to McDonough's No. 2-ranked Chris Hawkins.

"Henderson beat him [Chaconas] three times last year and I told him that Henderson might bump up to wrestle him again," said Glenelg coach Jeff Kent. "Shawn did a lot of wrestling over the summer and it's starting to show."

Chaconas (13-2) also owns an 8-5 victory over Wilde Lake's Robert McGrain, another county title contender.

He was a champion in the South River Invitational, using a 33-second pin, a 4-1 decision and a fall in 1:12 of the title bout.

In addition to easily winning the overall match, however, the Scorpions were spoilers in their own right with sophomore Wade Mitchell (112) scoring a 4-1 upset over the Gladiators' defending county champion, Steve Cho.

"Wade took him down right to his back and could have pinned him," said the Scorpions' second-ranked Adam Seidman (140, 20-1), who also won to improve his county-high career mark to 111-13.

Oakland Mills coach Steve Carnahan is pleased with his Scorpions' progress -- they've won three straight matches after an 0-6 start and are earning the respect of area coaches.

"We seem to be getting better and better," said Carnahan. "We hope to win the rest of our matches and go 6-6."

Bearing down

Hammond's 10th-ranked squad hasn't lost a beat since beating Wilde Lake (7-3) and Oakland Mills (3-6) in the same week.

In victories over Edgewood of Harford County, 68-5, and county rival Centennial, 59-9, the Bears lost a combined two bouts.

"We're looking good," said Hammond coach Bill Smith, whose club improved to 10-1.

The way things are going, the Bears could duplicate their single-defeat season of a year ago in addition to dethroning Oakland Mills as the county tournament champion.

"There's a lot of confidence with this team," Smith said. "They're working real hard, drilling well and starting to really hone their skills. There's a lot more self-confidence here now than there had been in the past."

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