Northeast leads after quarterfinals Class 2A-1A wrestling

March 06, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

Anne Arundel's Northeast advanced five wrestlers and own a five-point lead over second-place Rockville going into semifinal round action in the 1A/2A state wrestling championships at Western Maryland College last night.

Northeast was the first school in Anne Arundel to win a state title back in 1976 and haven't repeated the effort since.

Northeast got through the quarterfinal round with 38 points, followed by Rockville (33) and Smithsburg (32). Carroll County rivals North Carroll (31.5) and Francis Scott Key (28) finished the night in fourth and fifth, respectively. Northern Garrett also had 28 points after the quarterfinal round.

Northeast was the stroy in the tournament's first day. The Kusick twins -- Marty (103) and Mike (112) -- had little problems advancing to the semifinal round. They are looking to become the seventh brother combination in Maryland to both come away state champs in the same year.

The last brothers to do so were the Layman brothers of Old Mill -- Brent and Brian -- back in 1991. The last twins to become state BTC champions in the same year were Kevin and Brian Lynch of Annapolis. They did it in 1990.

Marty Kusick improved his season record to 32-0 after defeating Jeff Brochu of Havre de Grace in the opening round and then getting a 18-4 major decision win over North Garrett's Tirrell Burdock in the quarters.

Brother Mike (31-1) won a pair of technical fall decisions to advance to the semi's.

Northeast's other brother combination -- Jason and Al Grunder -- had a split through the quarterfinal round.

At 145, North Carroll sophomore Eric Hott upset Jason in the quarterfinal round before Al made quick work of Wicomico's Greg Hitch to advance to the semi's at 160.

Both Grunder brothers came in top seeds in the Region III bracket.

North Carroll Tommy Kiler fell in the quarterfinals to Pikesville's Corey Setten in the 125-pound division. Kiler (28-2) was the top seed in the region I bracket. Setten (10-2) won a state title last year at 119.

Setten came away with a tight 3-2 decision win to advance.

junior Jason Grunder of Northeast (AA) to advance to the semi's.

Hott (27-4) came in seeded third in Region I, while Grunder (27-7) was the top seed out of Region III.

Owings Mills' seniors Gregg Kessler (135) and Grant Johnson (171) are both looking to become three-time state champions. They got off to a good start last night with both recording pins in the quarters to advance.

Kessler will get a serious test in the semi's when he goes up against senior Chris Rowe of Northern Garrett. Rowe (33-0) is the top seed in the Region I bracket.

Going in, Francis Scott Key coach Bill Hyson said a big key towards winning the team title would be the efforts of his third and fourth seeds -- one being heavyweight Mark Smith.

Smith, coming in as a third seed in the Region I bracket, won a key 8-6 decision over Oakland Mills senior Justing Wethington in the first round before winning another decision in the quarters over Loch Raven's R.J. Meyer.

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