Mount St. Joseph hits new high MSWA moves Gaels to top spot in poll

February 08, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

A Mount St. Joseph team that includes four county wrestlers has taken the top spot in the Maryland State Wrestling Association's rankings.

The Gaels, 9-0, made the jump on the basis of an impressive dual-match victory over the former No. 1 squad, Prince George's County's Riverdale Baptist. Riverdale Baptist dropped to No. 7.

County wrestlers Kevin Neville (171), a senior, and Danny DeVivo (160), a sophomore, are ranked No. 2 and No. 1 respectively in their weight classes, with Neville having vacated his No. 1 spot at 152 to seek tougher competition.

Also county residents are juniors David Inkman (119) and Russell Fecteau (125). All four of the wrestlers are expected to contend for Maryland Scholastic Association titles when the Feb. 17-20 tournament begins.

A true Gladiator

Glenelg's Shawn Chaconas (160, 17-3) had his 11-match winning streak ended, but not without a battle.

The Gladiators' wrestler met Riverdale Baptist's fourth-ranked Greg David, the former No. 2-ranked 171-pounder, in the Friends' tournament semifinal and never gave ground in a 13-4 loss to the eventual champion.

Chaconas, who placed third, hadn't lost since dropping a 10-6 decision to Francis Scott Key's fifth-ranked Ed Null (21-1) in the title bout of the Francis Scott Key tournament.

"I thought his effort against David was pretty good. He was very motivated for the match," said Glenelg coach Jeff Kent, who watched Chaconas' teammates Jeff Feaga (103) and Steve Cho (112) place fourth.

"He never got put on his back," Kent said. "Considering the quality of wrestler David is, I'm hoping that Shawn has reached another level."

Chaconas got a pre-match, pep-talk from a friend, Mount St. Joseph's Kevin Neville, who had edged David, 6-4, in an overtime bout earlier this season.

"I told Shawn that this was a chance to make a name for himself," said Neville, who worked out with Chaconas during the summer. "I told Shawn to be physical with Greg and he was. Shawn worked with us all summer long and he did real well."

Moving up

Hammond's wrestling team, which wasn't in The Baltimore Sun's preseason Top 15, debuted at No. 10 a few weeks ago and moved up one spot this week to No. 9.

The defending county dual-meet champion Bears (11-1) continued to impress at Saturday's Friends tournament. Although no team points were kept, Hammond had more top-four finishers (eight) than any of the other 18 teams, including Riverdale Baptist, the former top-ranked MSWA team.

Erin Woodward (140, 20-2) was the Bears' only champion, cruising to a 7-2 victory over Kenwood's Billy Burke (16-5), a champion at an earlier Boys' Latin tournament.

The Bears' Mike Chang (112, 16-8) dropped a 7-2 decision to North Harford's Brandon Moore, a defending Harford County champion and regional runner-up. The Bears' Pat Brennan (189) also was a runner-up.

Finishing third were John Motley (130, 20-5), Mac Goudy (171, 21-4) and heavyweight Jimmy Jackson (10-4), with Brian Law (125) and Josh Stokes (145, 20-4) placing fourth.

Goudy dropped a 3-0 semifinal decision to Carver's Kama Owens (16-3), the tournament's eventual runner-up, before pinning his way through the consolation rounds. Among Goudy's victims was Randallstown's Jerry Thomas, who earlier this year went the distance in a 5-0 loss to McDonough's Chris Brown (third in the state) and is expected to contend for the Baltimore County title.

Motley beat an opponent from Gonzaga, 8-2, for third place -- avenging an earlier 6-5 semifinal loss.

Coach Bill Smith called Danny Proulx (119) "the guy who wrestled the best, but didn't place."

Proulx held his own in the tournament's toughest weight class before being eliminated, 2-1, by Riverdale Baptist's Phil Meenan. Meenan, an Arundel High wrestler last year, was an Anne rTC Arundel County runner-up, a regional champion and placed third in the 4A-3A state tournament.

The Bears tackle an improved Howard squad tomorrow.

Top 15

1. Mount St. Joseph (9-0) ... 105

2. North Carroll (11-0) ...... 95

3. Old Mill (10-1) ........... 81

4. Owings Mills (14-1) ....... 70

5. Northeast (12-0) .......... 64

tie Francis Scott Key (9-1) .. 64

7. Boys' Latin (7-1) ......... 63

8. Gilman (6-2) ....... ...... 57

9. Hammond (11-1) ..... ...... 54

10. Randallstown (8-3)........ 48

11. Dundalk (10-0) ........... 42

12. Aberdeen (10-1) .......... 30

13. Arundel (9-3) ............ 24

14. Chesapeake-AA (5-4) ...... 10

15. Overlea (8-1) ............ 07

Other teams receiving votes, with record and points in parentheses: Oakland Mills (4-6, 2), Wilde Lake (9-3, 2), EVT (8-3, 2), South River (6-3-1, 1), Perry Hall (6-4, 1), Walbrook (11-0, 1), St. Mary's (10-3, 1).

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