St. Joe tops National Prep field again

March 01, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Top-ranked Mount St. Joseph (141.5 points) won its third National Prep wrestling title in the six-year tenure of coach Paul Triplett, topping an 81-team field of private schools Saturday at Lehigh University.

Third-ranked Shane McCarthy (145, 37-2) was the Gaels' only champion, but with runners-up top-ranked Kevin Neville (152, 38-3) and top-ranked Danny DeVivo (160, 36-3), the Gaels had their most finalists under Triplett.

McCarthy (two pins, three decisions), Neville and DeVivo were Maryland Scholastic Association champs last weekend. Also placing for the 18-time MSA champion Gaels were MSA runners-up Paul Scott (135, 34-9), who was third, and Jake Lissau (103, 31-13), who was fourth.

Loyola's two-time MSA champ Dave Daniecki (189, 35-3) was a runner-up for the second straight year. No. 2-ranked Daniecki, who was third as a sophomore, holds Loyola's school record with 93 victories.

Gilman's MSA champ, Gerard Harrison (119, 35-1), was a runner-up after losing his title bout, 8-6, to Calvert Hall graduate Greg Knox (Peddie School). Calvert Hall's two-time MSA champ, No. 3-ranked Brendan James (135, 32-4), also placed second, and MSA champion teammate Gino Amasia (103) was third.

Meanwhile, among public schools, Southwestern senior Keir Hicks (145, 25-2) made history by becoming the city's first 4A-3A, Region IV champion Saturday at Meade High.

Hicks used two decisions and a title-bout major decision, including a 5-1, semifinal win over county champ Mike Hines (Old Mill). Hicks' teammate, Dorian Paul (103), was fourth.

"It feels pretty good, but I could have done better," said Hicks, a City-Wide runner-up who was third in last week's MSAs. "We had some serious practices last week."

No. 14 Walbrook (12-0, 108 points), the two-time MSA B Conference champion, qualified six of nine wrestlers -- among 19 overall from the city -- for a third-place finish in its inaugural venture into state competition.

Anne Arundel's four-time state champ Old Mill won its ninth regional crown with 204 points, followed by No. 12 Arundel (116).

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

Stokely trailed 5-0 in the second period of his semifinal against Old Mill's No. 2-ranked Marc Procaccini, when he reversed Procaccini and nearly pinned him. Procaccini held him off to win, 14-9.

Poly's fifth-seeded Rashaad Kitchen (171), a City-Wide runner-up who was third in the MSAs, wrestled to a runner-up finish, losing, 6-3, to Arundel's third-ranked Greg Booth. Kitchen overcame deficits in victories of 7-5 and 10-5, respectively, over Walbrook's fourth-seeded Forrester and South River's sixth-ranked county champ Jaron Hairston, the No. 1 seed.

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

Qualifying with runner-up efforts in 4A-3A, Region I were Mervo heavyweight Junius Myers (23-3) and Northern's Paul Johnson (125, 25-3), each a City-Wide champ. Lake Clifton's Kendrick Goden (140) was fourth.

In 2A-1A, Region III, Forest Park's Omar Villanova (189, 29-3) and two Dunbar wrestlers, Bruce Pendles (112, 26-2) and Armondo Thompson (130), were runners-up. Their teammate, Martius Harding (160, 24-6), was third and Forest Park's Pierre Ford (152, 31-2) was fourth.

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