Patriots' Hultgren goes up and still puts 15 foes down Old Mill star looks to avenge 3 losses Wrestling notebook

February 15, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Old Mill's fifth-ranked Todd Hultgren (152, 21-5) has been the spark to the Patriots' fire.

The top seed for this weekend's county tournament, Hultgren sacrificed for the team by wrestling up at 160 pounds all year and still decked 15 opponents. His pin total ties him with sophomore teammate Don Patterson (189, 19-4).

Among Hultgren's losses this year are a 10-3 decision to then-top-ranked Kevin Neville (Mount St. Joseph) and a 4-2 loss to third-ranked state champion Johnny Montgomery (Randallstown).

Hultgren, who placed third in both the county and regional tournament's last year, is on a mission to erase the memory of three critical losses from a year ago.

The most controversial came in the first round of the state tournament as Hultgren -- who led, 11-7, with under a minute left -- lost, 13-12, in overtime to McDonough's Chris Hawkins. Hawkins, ranked No. 2 at 152 this year, went on to a runner-up finish to Annapolis' Chip Cochran.

Hultgren also lost, 6-5, in last year's county semifinals to Northeast's Al Grunder, the eventual runner-up. He had easily beaten Grunder in an earlier match.

In last year's regional semifinals, Hultgren lost to 7-6 loss to Queen Anne's Jason Mackey, 7-6. Mackey (160, 19 pins) was 23-1 after edging Grunder in the title bout of the Broadneck tournament.

Round 2?

In a Jan. 27 feature on Arundel's 23-year wrestling coach Buddy Hepfer, Old Mill's 18th-year coach Mike Hampe said, "Around here, we call [Hepfer] 'The Grandfather.' "

And before a dual meet that night -- in which Hampe's third-ranked, four-time state champion Patriots downed Hepfer's No. 13 Wildcats, 40-21 -- Hampe poked fun at Hepfer by hanging a highlighted copy of the article above the scales at the pre-match weigh-in.

Hepfer, 48, launched his counter-attack against Hampe, who turns 47 on Sunday, at yesterday's seeding meeting for this weekend's county tournament.

For the record, said Hepfer, pointing to his own light brown hair, DTC Mike's got more gray on his head -- and no one calls me 'The

Grandfather' but Mike."

The two friends may have to settle their differences on a fishing trip they are planning for after the season.

Next year, however, they'll continue their race for career dual-meet victory No. 200: Hampe is 187-23-3; Hepfer is 187-74-4.

Hepfer's 11-3 Wildcats this year surpassed his expectations, especially in winning the Arundel Holiday tournament over a nine-team field that included No. 11 Dundalk and West Virginia state runner-up Independence High.

Gophers unearthed

Glen Burnie's program has been in the hole the past couple of seasons, but coach Bruce Sider has found cause to celebrate this year's 5-8 squad.

"We beat Broadneck this year. It's my 14th season and I can't ever remember beating Broadneck," Sider said. "It was real nice because it was our first dual-meet win. It was all individual until then and it was nice to enjoy a team win."

A big reason for the Gophers' success is 245-pound heavyweight Paul Musil, who is the No. 2 seed for this weekend's county tournament and who "is in better condition after dropping 15 pounds from last year," Sider said.

Among the victories for Musil is a 7-1 decision over Chesapeake's Chuck McConnell, who pinned Musil in 55 seconds earlier in the season.

Sider said first-year wrestler Darrell Miner (152), Mike Abbott (140) and freshman Jay Queer (119) "have pretty much carried us this year."

Bruins rebound

Broadneck's 10th-year coach John Mayberry isn't overjoyed about this year's 7-7 finish, which included the first losses to Southern and Glen Burnie since early in his tenure.

But the year had its bright spots -- like fifth-ranked former state champion Charlie Bennett (125), freshman Todd Betz (119) and junior Demetrius Herold (160).

Bennett, the top seed for this weekend's county tournament, edged Queen Anne's sixth-ranked Jason Warnick (21-2, 18 pins) for the Feb. 6 Bruin Invitational tournament title. Betz finished third in the tournament, including a 25-second pin of South Carroll's Jeff Irvine, who was a runner-up at South Hagerstown, fourth at Chesapeake's Invitational, and third in Carroll County last year.

After pinning 14 wrestlers at 171 pounds, Herold -- a runner-up at the Broadneck tournament -- will wrestle as the No. 4 seed at 160 pounds for this weekend's county tournament.

Top 15

)1. Mount St. Joseph (12-0) 105

2. North Carroll (13-0) 94

3. Old Mill (12-1) 82

4. Owings Mills (14-1) 68

5. Francis Scott Key (12-1) 66

6. Boys' Latin (11-1) 65

7. Northeast (12-1) 59

8. Gilman (7-3) 57

tie. Hammond (11-1) 57

10. Randallstown (10-3) 51

11. Dundalk (12-1) 40

12. Aberdeen (10-1) 28

13. Arundel (11-3) 22

14. Overlea (9-1) 12

15. Walbrook (12-0) 08

Other teams receiving votes, with record and points in parentheses: Chesapeake-AA (8-5, 3), Oakland Mills (6-6, 2), Wilde Lake (9-3, 2), EVT (8-4, 2), Perry Hall (6-4, 1), Howard (11-4, 1).

How the poll is conducted: The members of The Baltimore Sun's board of coaches for the 1992 season are: Dick Slutzky, Aberdeen; John Mayberry, Broadneck; Steve Carnahan, Oakland Mills; Dick Bauerlein, North Carroll; Jeff Langrehr, Randallstown; Paul Triplett; Mount St. Joseph; Lem Satterfield, The Baltimore Sun.

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