Neville, DeVivo help St. Joe to title Gaels capture National Prep meet

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.

Neville and DeVivo, Howard County residents, were Maryland Scholastic Association champs last weekend.

Meanwhile, among public schools, No. 7 Hammond (112.5 points) was a distant second to No. 6 Northeast (157) in its bid for a 2A-1A, Region III crown, but it's sending a county-high seven wrestlers to next weekend's state tournament, along with six from Wilde Lake (fourth, 86 points) and five from Oakland Mills (fifth, 73).

The Bears had no individual champs, but Erin Woodard (140) and Mac Goudy (171) were runners-up. They enter what should be a torrid 2A-1A state title race, involving No. 2 North Carroll, No. 4 Owings Mills, No. 5 Francis Scott Key and Smithsburg, which tied Francis Scott Key in a dual meet.

Wilde Lake's sixth-ranked wrestlers Nate Casella (189) and Mike Green (171) repeated as regional champs, and Tony Crawford (140, third), Fennell Howell (125, fourth), Robert McGrain (160, fourth) and heavyweight Carlo Gerstenfeld will join them in the state tournament.

"I was pleased with the steadiness of Nate and Mike," said Wilde Lake coach Rich Jackson. "And Carlo did very well. Crawford got off to a slow start, but he wrestled like a champ, pinning his way to third place."

Adam Seidman (140, 29-1) led Oakland Mills, edging Woodward, 5-3, to raise his county-high career record to 120-13. Seidman, the third county wrestler to win four county titles, looks to the state tournament. He is ranked No. 2 behind Smithsburg's top-ranked Doug Batey, who pinned Northern of Garrett County's fourth-ranked Allen Bittenger for the Region I crown Saturday.

Oakland Mills heavyweight Justin Wethington battled Rockville's fifth-ranked Andy Stroud to a 5-4 overtime loss in the title bout. The two wrestlers, along with Pikesville's county and regional champ, Wayde Ezell, appear to be the top contenders for the title vacated by the Scorpions' two-time state champ, Monte Spencer.

Other Scorpions headed to Western Maryland College this weekend are Juri Freeman (103, third), Geoff Henderson (152, third) and Ryan McNeill (189, fourth).

"The regions was a tough tournament for us because we have a tough schedule and typically don't get seeded very well," said Oakland Mills coach Steve Carnahan.

"It seemed like Murphy's Law applied to us," said Carnahan. "[County champion] Roy Parker was on the wrong side. And [county champion] Wade Mitchell was on antibiotics. And Matt Sutton was scratched as a pigtail match, and he beat [Hammond' Brian] Law [who was third]."

Parker (145) lost, 11-8, in the first round to Northeast's Jason Grunder, the eventual champion, and Mitchell (112) was eliminated after losing to Hammond's Mike Chang (third), whom Mitchell beat for the county title eight days earlier.

In yesterday's 4A-3A Region IV wrestling tournament, seven county wrestlers qualified for next week's 4A-3A state tournament at Western Maryland College. Howard High's five were the most ever for the Lions (65.5 points), who were fifth in the 20-team tournament won for the ninth time by No. 3 Old Mill.

John Wiland (152, second), Mark Grinspoon (130, third), Josh Tzuker (140, fourth), Jason Shefrin (145, fourth) and Seth Eldridge (fourth) also will represent the Lions in this week's event.

For Centennial, Jason Nagle (112, second) and county champ Bill Chedester (135, third) will go. Nagle dropped a 9-2 title-bout decision to Severna Park's Jamie Kuch after beating Old Mill's Phil Schliefer, who was third in Anne Arundel County.

Nagle also had a decision over Walbrook's Kevin Hughes, a brawling-type wrestler who was fourth in the Baltimore tournament.

Chedester lost, 11-2, in the first round to Old Mill's sixth-ranked Anne Arundel County champ Rick Oleszczuk but wrestled back to third with a 4-2 victory over Baltimore runner-up Kevin Muldrow (Walbrook).

Howard coach Fred Bullock's squad (11-4) entered with seven of its nine wrestlers seeded fourth or higher, including top seeds Tzuker, Shefrin and Wiland. The Lions lost four of nine first-round bouts, and Tzuker and Shefrin (24-6, 20 pins) were upended in the semifinals.

In the first round, No. 4 seed Preston Murfin (135) lost, 16-1, to Dave Thomas (North County), and No. 2 seed Brad Stubbs (189) lost, 8-7, to Jimmy Lee (North County). Tzuker struggled in an 11-10 win over No. 8 seed Shane Ireland (Severna Park). Murfin and Stubbs were eliminated in their next bouts.

Wiland (27-3), using a pin and a decision, reached the final, where he lost to Old Mill's fifth-ranked county champ, Todd Hultgren.

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