Oakland Mills' Seidman has grip on county His 123 victories broke Howard mark Wrestler of the Year

March 14, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

In 40 matches against county wrestlers, only once did Adam Seidman lose -- and that as a sophomore when he bumped up two weight classes and lost, 7-5, to Howard's Alexis Gough.

Two years later, the Oakland Mills senior has a career county-high 123 victories -- beating the old record by 17 matches. He also became only the third wrestler to win four county titles, blanking Wilde Lake's Tony Crawford, 11-0.

Over the years, Seidman, The Baltimore Sun's 1992-1993 Howard County Wrestler of the Year, has beaten some formidable foes.

He captured last year's Annapolis tournament crown with a 4-3 victory over Mount St. Joseph's three-time Maryland Scholastic Association champ Shane McCarthy. A few weeks later, en route to a runner-up finish in the Lackey tournament, Seidman downed Frederick Douglass' Kyantae Hawkins, now a scholarship wrestler at the University of Maryland.

He also has a couple of wins over McDonough's Southern Maryland Athletic Conference champ Larry Green, a two-time 4A-3A state runner-up.

Among the highlights this year for Seidman (32-2) are capturing the Lackey tournament title, 2-1, over Wheaton's No. 2-ranked Giscard Grant, the eventual 4A-3A state runner-up.

Another crowning achievement was winning his third straight Arundel tournament crown, 6-4, in overtime over Hector Ortiz (St. Benedict's), a state champ from New Jersey. The victory was Seidman's 108th.

"Breaking the Howard County record, winning the fourth title and beating the state champ from New Jersey -- those are good memories," said Seidman, who officially eclipsed the victory record with his semifinal pin in 3:34 of Northeast's Ron Katzenberger.

But Seidman (13 pins, three technical falls) never won a state crown. He fell one match short this year, 8-0, against Smithsburg's Doug Batey (30-0).

"The states are the only tournament I never won. It would have been nice."

Still, Appalachian State has a 142-pounder's uniform waiting for Seidman to step into it. And North Carolina-Greensboro is also interested.

Until he decides on a college, however, Seidman will wrestle in this summer's freestyle nationals, which helped him improve so much over last season.

And when he graduates this spring, Oakland Mills will be minus a winner.

The first team at a glance

103 -- Juri Freeman, Oakland Mills (24-9): Freeman followed in the footsteps of his older brother Kalev by winning his first county title. An excellent technician who was third in the region, Juri can equal his brother's effort next year by winning a second crown.

112 -- Wade Mitchell, Oakland Mills (21-7): Mitchell's county title, in addition to his third-place finish at the Arundel tournament, is an indication that the Scorpions have another strong lower-weight force. He had eight pins.

119 -- Scott Cooper, Mount Hebron (19-5): Cooper became only the second Vikings wrestler to win a second straight county crown, joining John Kerr (189), a 1990 graduate. Cooper finished fourth in the region tournament.

125 -- Fennell Howell, Wilde Lake (22-8): Howell (12 pins) mastered the cradle-pinning maneuver and simply overpowered many of his opponents, including Glenelg's Jamie Arnsmeyer in his 6-0 county title-bout victory. He placed fourth in the regional tournament.

130 -- John Motley, Hammond (28-6): Motley's county title came at the expense of Howard's Mark Grinspoon, 9-4. He fell one match short of qualifying for the state tournament after a decision loss to Anne Arundel County champ Sherrard Neal, but should come back strong next season.

135 -- Bill Chedester, Centennial (23-6): Chedester (six pins, three technical falls) won the county title, 10-5, over Oakland Mills' Paul Crickard and finished third in the region. Chedester rebounded from a first-round 11-2 regional loss to Old Mill's regional champ Rick Oleszczuk by beating Edmondson High's Baltimore City champ, Maurice Simmons (then 22-1) and Walbrook's Baltimore City runner-up, Kevin Muldrow.

140 -- Erin Woodward, Hammond (29-5): Quick, muscular and powerful, Woodward was a vital ingredient in the Bears' lineup. He was a county and regional runner-up, losing the regional, 5-3, to Adam Seidman, and placing fourth in the states after a 3-2 victory against Overlea's regional champ John Fields (30-4).

145 -- Roy Parker, Oakland Mills (12-7): Parker was a mild surprise, edging Woodward after the Hammond wrestler was disqualified in a controversial county title match. Parker pinned seven of his opponents and missed qualifying for the state tournament by one match.

152 -- Josh Stokes, Hammond (30-7): A county champ and tournament MVP, Stokes was third in the region and fourth in the state. He split wins in the Senior All-Star Classic, losing to 4A-3A champ Johnny Montgomery, and pinning Gilman's MSA runner-up Mark Shavers in the first period.

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