St. Joe leads MSA tournament Wrestling

February 20, 1993|By Jeff Seidel Anne Arundel County

Top-ranked Mount St. Joseph was in a familiar position -- first place -- after last night's semifinal round and will try for its 18th straight Maryland Scholastic Association wrestling tournament championship today at Poly.

The Gaels led with 257.5 points. No. 8 Gilman stood second with 170. No. 6 Boys' Latin (169) was third.

All five of Mount St. Joseph's top-seeded wrestlers made the title round and eight made it overall. Top seeds Tyran Dungee (130, 28-7), Shane McCarthy (145, 31-3), Danny DeVivo (160, 30-2), Kevin Neville (171, 31-2) and heavyweight Dave Sunderland (30-2) go for championships today.

Also for Mount St. Joseph Jake Lissau (103, 26-10), Paul Scott (135, 28-7) and Joe Aiosa (140, 3-3) survived their semifinal tests. Aiosa, seeded eighth, knocked off top seed Shawn King (Calvert Hall) in the quarterfinals.

"We had a good semifinal round," said Mount St. Joseph coach Paul Triplett. "The kids came out fired up. They've been in this situation before. They handle it better than a lot of other teams."

David Inkman (119), Russell Fecteau (125) and Seth St. Vincent (152) remain alive in the consolation rounds for the Gaels.

Gilman and Boys' Latin each placed three wrestlers in the championship round.

For Gilman, Gerard Harrison (119), Mark Shavers (152) and heavyweight David Shapiro advanced to the finals for Gilman.

For Boys' Latin, Ashley Harrison (119), twin brother Michael (125) and Jim Quinn (130) made the title round. Northeast's sixth-ranked 130-pounder Steve Smiddy edged Old Mill's co-sixth-ranked Kevin Seavey, 7-6, in their semifinal bout to buoy Northeast (179.5) to a lead over No. 3 Old Mill (154), which is going for its ninth county tournament title and its fourth straight at South River.

"We got embarrassed by Old Mill the last time," said Smiddy, referring to the Eagles' 37-13 dual-meet loss to the Patriots (12-1).

Smiddy faces Southern's top seeded Sherrard Neal (20-4), with whom he split bouts earlier.

Northeast advanced nine of 12 wrestlers to the finals compare to six of 10 for the Patriots. There were three head-to-head semifinal bouts, with Smiddy edging Kevin Seavey (24-5) and teammate Marty Kusick (112, 26-0) downing Phil Schliefer, 14-4. The Patriots' Ken Seavey (140) beat Northeast's Ron Kaztenberger.

Northeast's Jeremy Funk (171,12-5) edged the Patriots' Wil Willingham in an earlier quarterfinal and major decisioned No. 2 seed Rob Moreland (Southern). He'll meet South River's sixth-ranked Jaron Hairston, who has 15 pins.

The two squads will wrestle head-to-heads final bouts at 103 135, 145, 152 and 160. Old Mill's Jason Bryant (103, 26-4) meets the Eagles' Dale Bowers (21-5, 14 pins). Fifth-ranked Todd Hultgren (152) pinned Northeast's Bill Kaztenberger earlier, so Kaztenberger is looking for revenge. The Patriots' defending state champion Marc Proccacini (160), will face Northeast's regional champ, Al Grunder.

The Eagles' Jason Grunder (145, 23-5) faces Old Mill's Mike Hines. Northeast's Matt Jewer (135, 21-8) upset Chesapeake's top seed Steve Davis, 6-2, to earn a rematch with the Patriots' sixth-ranked Rick Oleszczuk (21-3).

Ken Seavey's title bout opponent, Meade's Mike Walker, upset Chesapeake's top seeded Rob Zittle and Arundel's No. 4 seed Mark Chesla.

Northeast's county champ, Marty Kusick, meets Severna Park's Jamie Kuch (20-5, 11 pins). His county champ twin brother, Mike (119, 25-1), had a tough 7-6 win over Glen Burnie's Jay Queer and faces Arundel's Dan Waters (23-3), a 4-2 upset winner over Southern's No. 2 seed, Tyrone Neal Jr.

Broadneck's fifth-ranked Charlie Bennett (125, 25-3) meet Chesapeake's Ron Alexander (22-4). At 189, Chesapeake's Chuck McConnell avenged an earlier loss with his 8-5 victory over Old Mill's Don Patterson. He will face Arundel's third-ranked Greg Booth in the title bout.


Lem Satterfield

Howard County

For Hammond, the 24th Howard County Wrestling Tournament was business as usual.

The Golden Bears, the tourney's clear-cut favorite, had 88 point through the quarterfinals and consolations at Atholton. Tied for the area's No. 8 ranking with Gilman, they lead Oakland Mills (74), Howard (73), Wilde Lake (68.5), Glenelg (55.5), Centennial (44), Atholton (42.5) and Mount Hebron (29).

Hammond, 13-1 overall and 7-0 in county dual meets, rompe through the afternoon quarterfinals, winning 11 of 12 matches with seven pins, one decision and four forfeits. Chris Parker, a 140-pounder, lost Hammond's only match to Glenelg's Eric Daxon.

Golden Bears pins went to Amit Kapoor (103), Brian Law (125) John Motley (130), Erin Woodward (145), Josh Stokes (152), Jimmy Weston (160) and Pat Brennan (189).

Glenelg's Andy Marshall (130), the third seed, delivered a marginal surprise, routing Wilde Lake's No. 6 Tom Mazzo, 14-0. And at 152, Oakland Mills' Kimani Smith (No. 3) almost shocked Howard's tough Seth Eldridge (No. 6), before falling, 7-6.

Despite the lead, Hammond coach Bill Smith is cautious.

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