Falcons' Kuch aims for the top Is a contender for state 4A-3A title Wrestling notebook

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

In case you hadn't noticed, Severna Park's Jamie Kuch (112, 17-5) is a contender for a 4A-3A state title.

The muscular wrestler was coming off of a 14-4, dual-meet victory over Old Mill's Jason Bryant before building a 5-0 lead on Northeast's No. 2-ranked Marty Kusick (112, 23-0) en route to a 13-5 loss in the title bout of Saturday's Broadneck Invitational.

He pinned Richard Montgomery's Noe Diaz (18-2) in the semifinals and also took a 7-2 decision over Riverdale Baptist's Phil Meenan, who was a county runner-up and regional champion at Arundel last year.

Along with Kusick's twin brother, Mike (119, 22-1), who is planning to drop to 112 for the states, the majority of the MSWA's ranked 112-pounders are competing in the 2A-1A category.

Kuch, Bryant and Thomas Stone's Lackey tournament champion, Quincy Dames, appear to be early contenders -- and Bryant and Dames are considering a drop to 103.

Showdown looms

St. Mary's (10-3, 9-0) will need to be fighting mad if it's going to take the B Conference title from visiting Walbrook (11-0, 9-0) in their showdown tomorrow.

The Saints were two-time champs before being dethroned by the Warriors, who are coming off of a 41-24 victory over B Conference rival, Mervo (6-3).

An end, or a beginning?

No. 3 Old Mill's 33-24 loss to No. 2 North Carroll (10-0) Friday night signaled the end to a 31-match winning streak, but coach Mike Hampe cautions that it doesn't mean the end to the Patriots' (10-1) reign

as four-time state champions.

They're still ranked No. 4 by the Maryland State Wrestling Association, one spot up from Northeast, which is ranked No. 5 by both the MSWA and The Baltimore Sun.

And two of his wrestlers, Kevin Seavey (130) and Rick Oleszczuk (135) will be ranked sixth in their respective weight classes when the MSWA's rankings are released this week. The Patriots' Marc Proccacini (160) and Todd Hultgren (152) are ranked No. 2 and No. 5, respectively by the MSWA.

"Saturday's practice went great," said Hampe, whose 18-year dual-meet victory record dropped to 185-23-3. "But when you've been winning as long as we have, everything's a test. We just leave all of the emotion out of it, analyze it and learn from it. We hate losing, but it's not devastating."

History backs up Hampe's statements.

Broadneck's 31-28 dual-match win over the Patriots on Jan. 25, 1991, ended its win streak at 33 and forced a three-way tie for the county dual-meet title between the Bruins, the Patriots and Annapolis.

But the Patriots went on to dominate from there. They set state (130.5) and county meet (203.5) records for points, had a team-record seven regional finalists (six champions) and became the first three-time, 4A-3A state champs.

Also, the Layman brothers, Brent (135) and Brian (160), became the state's fifth set of siblings to win titles in the same year.

History, however, means little to Northeast's 23rd-year coach Al Kohlhafer, who won the county's first state title in 1976.

Kohlhafer's Eagles (12-0) hope to duplicate North Carroll's feat in Friday's showdown at Old Mill, but first the Patriots meet potent No. 14 Chesapeake (9-4) tomorrow.

Northeast's Steve Smiddy (130) moved into a tie with Seavey as the MSWA's sixth-ranked 130-pounders, which should make for an interesting battle on Friday. The Kusick twins, Marty (112, 23-0) and Mike (119, 22-1) are ranked No. 2 in their respective weight classes.

Another interesting note about Friday's match is that former Old Mill wrestler, Bill Royer, will be by Kohlhafer's side as an assistant, while Kohlhafer's former pupil, Walt Puller, assists Hampe. Puller was a state champion at Northeast in 1976, and Royer was a two-time county champion and placed third in the state for Old Mill in 1984.

Cochran update

Annapolis' ex-state champion Chip Cochran has a 17-2 record as a 150-pound, post-graduate wrestler at Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J.

Cochran recently finished second in the West Point Prep tournament, with his only loss coming by a decision against a teammate in the title bout. His other loss came by 13-7 to a three-time Minnesota state champion.

Among his victories, Cochran, a former second-team All-Metro pick, has four major decisions and a 16-0 technical fall.

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