Old Mill rallies past Northeast

February 21, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Old Mill coach Mike Hampe wouldn't have wanted it any other way.

With his team trailing upstart Northeast 179.5-154 after Friday's semifinal round, Hampe knew that the Anne Arundel County championship would come down to the fi- Wrestling

nals last night at South River, which featured five head-to-head bouts between his Patriots and the Eagles.

It did. And Old Mill won, giving the Patriots their ninth consecutive county championship.

"We were very pleased with the situation in the finals because we wanted to go head up with [Northeast]," said Hampe, whose team outlasted Northeast 221-194.5.

"You don't want to win by backing into it and fortunately my seniors and my sophomores, they're very experienced kids, and they did a very nice job."

Old Mill's Jason Bryant (103) defeated Northeast's Dale Bowers in the first of five head-to-head battles between the Patriots and JTC the Eagles.

Rick Oleszczuk (135) of Old Mill defeated Northeast's Matt Jewer, 5-0, the same score that he defeated him in their dual match.

In the 145-pound final, Old Mill's Mike Hines avenged an 8-5 regular-season loss to the Eagles' Jason Grunder with a 9-2 victory.

Old Mill completed their sweep of the final bouts against Northeast with Todd Hultgren (152) defeating Bill Katzenberger and Marc Procaccini (160) defending his county championship by recording a major decision over Al Grunder, 11-3.

Ken Seavey, the only Patriot who didn't face a Northeast wrestler in the final, edged Meade's Michael Walker for the 140-pound title.

Marty Kusick (112) and twin brother Mike (119) both successfully defended their county titles for the Eagles.

After splitting matches earlier this season with Northeast's Steve Smiddy, Southern's top seed Sherrard Neal took a 2-1 lead in their rivalry with a 5-2 victory that earned him the 130-pound title. Neal repeated the feat that his father and coach Tyrone Neal achieved in 1972 and 1973, making them first father-and-son combination to win county championships.

North County got its first county champion when senior Corey Fowlerhung on to defeat Arundel's John Noon in the heavyweight match.

Arundel's Greg Booth took a 3-1 overtime victory over Chesapeake's Chuck McConnell in the 189-pound bracket.

Northeast's string of bad luck in the finals wasn't reserved for Old Mill opponents. South River's Jaron Hairston defeating Jeremy Funk at 171.

"Northeast, good God are they tough," said Hampe. "For a small school they did outstanding. I can't say enough about them."

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