Walbrook qualifies 6 for states Class 4A-3A wrestling

February 28, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Just when you think you've done enough -- you haven't. Making demands on his team, says No. 14 Walbrook's coach Wavie Gibson, is a sure method of improvement.

His philosophy worked in yesterday's Class 4A-3A Region IV tournament at Meade. Gibson's two-time Maryland Scholastic Association B-Conference champion Warriors (12-0, 108 points) qualified six of nine wrestlers -- with 11 overall from the city -- for a surprising third-place finish for their inaugural venture into next weekend's state meet.

Four-time state champ Old Mill won its ninth regional crown with 204 points, followed by Arundel.

Top seed and Baltimore City champ George Chandler (130, 26-3) was a runner-up after a 6-5 title-bout loss to Old Mill's sixth-ranked county champ, Kevin Seavey. City champ Mark Hollingsworth (140, 18-3) was pinned in 5:19 of his title bout with Kevin Seavey's twin brother, Ken.

"I think we should have done better than we did," said Chandler. "I think after a week of practice, we'll do a lot better next week."

Walbrook's Jamil Stokely (160, 24-5) and Howard Robinson (189) were third, and Kevin Muldrow (135) and Kevin Forrester (171) were fourth.

Poly's Rashaad Kitchen (171), a City-Wide runner-up who was third in the MSAs, wrestled to a runner-up finish from the fifth seed. He overcame deficits in victories over Walbrook's fourth seed Forrester, 7-5, and South River's sixth-ranked county champ, Jaron Hairston, 10-5.

Southwestern's Keir Hicks (145, 25-2) became his school's first regional champ, using two decisions and a title-bout major decision. He won his semifinal, 5-1, over Anne Arundel County champ Mike Hines (Old Mill).

Edmondson's Parris Riddick (103, third) and Aaron Jackson (112, fourth) both qualified, but the Redskins' top seed City-Wide champ, Maurice Simmons (135, 22-2) was eliminated after losses to North County's Dave Thomas and Howard County champ Bill Chedester of Centennial.

Stokely trailed 5-0 in his semifinal against Old Mill's No. 2-ranked state champ Marc Procaccini, when he reversed Procaccini and nearly scored a second-period pin.

Procaccini wrestled defensively the rest of the way for a 14-9 decision. "I was disappointed with the way Jamil let him walk through for takedowns," said Gibson. "After getting put on his back, Procaccini wrestled a smart match."

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