Eagles win 1st tourney in more than a decade

February 07, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

No. 6 Northeast turned yesterday's Broadneck Bruin Invitational into a dress rehearsal for Friday night's dual-meet showdown against No. 2 Old Mill (10-1).

The Eagles (12-0, 217.5 points) placed all 13 wrestlers to easily outdistance runner-up Thomas Johnson (120.5) and win their first tournament in more than a decade.

Northeast's No. 2-ranked Kusick twins, Marty (112, 23-0) and Mike (119, 22-1), Steve Smiddy (130, 20-3) and the Katzenberger brothers, Ron (140, 16-7) and Bill (152, 12-2), were individual champions.

Runners-up were Dale Bowers (103, 19-4), the Grunder brothers, Jason (145, 20-5) and Alan (152, 18-6), and heavyweight Dan Defenbaugh, with Chris Morrow (125), Matt Jewer (135) and Ken Fowler (189) placing third, and Jeremy Funk (171) fourth.

"We won the [14-year-old Arundel] holiday tournament the first couple of times," said Northeast coach Al Kohlhafer, whose 23 seasons include Anne Arundel County's first state title in 1976. -- "But what we did years ago doesn't mean anything compared to what we're doing now."

Marty, who like his brother is a defending county champion, trailed, 5-0, after Severna Park's Jamie Kuch (17-5) took him down to his back in the first period.

"I was ready since I knew he had been doing good lately, but he was bigger than me and better than last year," said Marty, whose come-from-behind 13-5 victory included eight back points.

Mike earned a 5-1 decision over Southern freshman Tyrone Neal Jr. (18-7), who upset Mardela's three-time county champion, Danny Purnell, 11-6, to reach the final. Smiddy's 3-1 title bout decision of Tyrone's older brother, senior Sherrard (19-4), avenged an earlier loss.

"I knew I needed to be in better shape," said Smiddy, a junior.

Sophomore Ron Katzenberger won, 7-3, over Richard Montgomery's Devin Nasvaderani after scoring four points in the final 29 seconds, and senior Bill Katzenberger won, 11-7, after overcoming a 5-4 second-period deficit with a five-point reversal of South Carroll's Matt Crill.

Broadneck's Charlie Bennett (125, 19-3) earned a 9-4 decision over Queen Anne's Jason Warnick (21-2, 18 pins).

"Warnick pinned everybody else, and to tell you the truth, I thought he'd kick my butt," said Bennett. "I proved to myself that I can wrestle at a higher weight class and get the same results."

Broadneck's other finalist, junior Demetrius Herrold (171, 13-4) had 12 first-period pins but dropped a 15-7 decision to Thomas Johnson's Adam Hoffman.

In his 7-5 overtime loss to Mardela's Chris McCartan (17-1), Jason Grunder led, 5-3, before McCartan's buzzer-beating takedown took the bout into overtime, where he scored the bout-winning takedown.

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