The first team at a glance

March 11, 1993

103 -- Jason Bryant, Jr., Old Mill (35-4) -- Bryant, who had 14 pins, won his second straight Annapolis tournament crown. He also was the county and regional champ after runner-up finishes in both last year, and placed third in the state after being fourth last year.

125 -- Ron Alexander, Sr., Chesapeake (31-5) -- Alexander produced 12 pins, including one in 3:58 over Bowie's Todd Smith for third place in the state tournament. A 1-0 loss to Randallstown's Brandon Grodnitzky, the eventual runner-up, kept Alexander out of the state finals. The three-time Aberdeen tournament champ added the Arundel, county and regional crowns this year. He has been accepted at West Virginia University.

130 -- Steve Smiddy, Jr., Northeast (28-6) -- No. 4-ranked Smiddy (10 pins) was county runner-up to Sherrard Neal (Southern) and took the Region III crown. He was runner-up by 6-4 to Francis Scott Key's No. 2-ranked Randy Owings (31-1) in the states, split bouts with Old Mill's co-No. 4 Kevin Seavey. He beat Walbrook's Baltimore City champ, George Chandler (28-4) for a Chesapeake crown, and won, 12-2, over McDonough's region champ, Todd Margolis (third in the state), for second at Arundel.

130 -- Sherrard Neal, Sr., Southern (26-8) -- A speedy technician, Neal became the first Anne Arundel wrestler to win a county title under his father and coach, Tyrone Neal, Sr., who was a two-time county and state champ at Southern. Sherrard was fourth in the region and trailed his series with Smiddy, 3-2, winning the county title, 5-2. He owned a pin victory over Chesapeake's county champ, Ron Alexander, and a decision of Mount St. Joseph's Maryland Scholastic Association champ, Tyran Dungee.

130 -- Kevin Seavey, Sr., Old Mill (32-7) -- Technique made Seavey (15 pins) dangerous from all angles. He was third in the county after splitting one-point decisions with Smiddy. He won the Region IV crown, including a pin of Howard County runner-up Mark Grinspoon, and a 6-5 title-bout decision of Baltimore City champ George Chandler (Walbrook). Seavey beat McDonough's region champ, Todd Margolis, 3-1, finishing second in the state. He also beat a state runner-up, Brandon Grodnitzky (Randallstown).

135 -- Rick Oleszczuk, Sr., Old Mill (30-5) -- A county and regional champ, Oleszczuk (seven pins) was fourth in the state. Oleszczuk's best effort came in the regional tournament, where he beat Howard County champ Bill Chedester (Centennial), 11-2, Baltimore City runner-up Kevin Muldrow, 9-4, and won the title, 2-0, over Dave Thomas, (North County).

140 -- Ken Seavey, Sr., Old Mill (33-6) -- Like his brother, Ken relied heavily on technique to win the county, regional and state titles. He was best in the regional and state finals. He pinned Baltimore City champ Mark Hollingsworth in 5:19 of the regional, and upset Wheaton's No. 4-ranked Giscard Grant, 5-3, in overtime of their state title bout for Grant's second loss in 32 bouts.

145 -- Mike Hines, Soph., Old Mill (20-12) -- Often facing a maturity and physical strength disadvantage against middleweights, Hines compensated with will and determination. He avenged an 8-5 loss against Northeast's Jason Grunder by winning the county title bout, 9-2, over Grunder. Hines pinned Howard's Jason Shefrin (22 pins) for fourth place in the region.

145 -- Jason Grunder, Jr., Northeast (30-7) -- Grunder, a county runner-up, was a regional champ and edged Howard County champ Josh Stokes (Hammond), 2-0, for fourth place in the state tournament. His 3-2 regional title victory came over Rockville's Tim Barone, the eventual state champ.

152 -- Todd Hultgren, Sr., Old Mill (32-5) -- Among the state's most underrated wrestlers, Hultgren (15 pins) made easy work of his opponents over his county, regional and state title wins. His state tournament effort included two each in technical falls and major decisions, with a 14-6 victory over McDonough's No. 2-ranked Chris Hawkins in the title bout.

160 -- Al Grunder, Sr., Northeast (27-7) -- Grunder (14 pins, three ,, technical falls) was a two-time county runner-up and two-time regional champ. Northeast's first four-time state qualifier, Grunder won his first 2A-1A state crown after beating last year's champ, Hereford's Jesse Channell, 9-5, in the semis.

160 -- Marc Procaccini, Sr., Old Mill (31-5) -- Procaccini lost a battle to the flu in this year's state tournament and finished fourth after winning last year. Along the way, however, the two-time county and regional champ beat Arundel's state champ Greg Booth, 13-3, Walbrook's Baltimore City champ, Jamil Stokely, 14-9, and Northeast's state champ, Al Grunder, 11-3.

171 -- Scott Thompson, Sr., St. Mary's (30-4) -- Thompson's MSA runner-up finish was his only regular-season loss at 171. Before that, he was third as a heavyweight in the season-opening Maryland Invitational at Curley and third at Annapolis at 189. He has an 8-4 win over Baltimore City and Region IV runner-up Rashaad Kitchen (Poly), who placed fourth in the state.

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