Wrestlers To Watch

December 10, 1993|By Lem Satterfield

* 103 -- Gino Amasia, Calvert Hall, Jr. (29-5) -- Fourth-ranked Amasia won last year's Maryland Scholastic Association and Herndon Invitational tournaments and was a runner-up at Annapolis. The muscular technician opened this season with a title at the Maryland Catholic Invitational at Curley after placing fourth last year.

* 119 -- Steve Boothe, Perry Hall, Jr. (27-4) -- Fifth-ranked Boothe was Baltimore County runner-up and a regional champ. He placed fourth in the 3A-4A state meet at 112 and was an honorable-mention All-Metro.

* 171 -- Danny DeVivo, Mount St. Joseph, Jr. (35-3) -- A first-team All-Metro pick, DeVivo (18 pins) is ranked No. 2 by the Maryland State Wrestling Association. He was a Cadet National team member over the summer. A member of this summer's Cadet World Team, DeVivo won last year's titles in the MSA, Annapolis and Chesapeake tournaments and was a National Prep runner-up. He had wins over eventual 1A-2A state runner-up Martius Harding (McDonogh), a pin of 1A-2A champ Al Grunder (Northeast), and decisions of 3A-4A champ Marc Proccacini (Old Mill) and then-fourth-ranked Greg David (Riverdale Baptist).

* 135 -- Tyran Dungee, Mount St. Joseph, Soph. (27-7) -- Fifth-ranked Dungee won last year's MSA crown as a 130-pound freshman. Some added muscle this year helped him to third place at the Maryland Invitational last weekend.

* 145 -- John Fields, Overlea, Sr. (30-3) -- Fields, ranked No. 2, placed third in both Baltimore County and the 3A-4A state tournaments and won last year's regional crown.

* 119 -- Sean Groszkowski, Franklin, Jr. (27-6) -- Last year's Baltimore County champ, Groszkowski placed third in the regional tournament and was one bout from placing in the 3A-4A state tournament.

* 171 -- Martius Harding, McDonogh, Jr. (27-6) -- An All-City and honorable-mention All-Metro, No. 3-ranked Harding (13 pins) -- a Dunbar transfer -- was a runner-up in the City-Wide, MSA and 1A-2A state tournaments and third in the regional. A summertime win over DeVivo avenged the loss in the MSA title bout.

* 125 -- Gary Harris, Randallstown, Sr. (30-0) -- Top-ranked Harris is 60-1 over the last two seasons, having followed a 1A-2A runner-up finish as a sophomore with last year's 1A-2A crown. The two-time Baltimore County and regional champ aims for this year's 3A-4A state crown.

* 119 -- Ashley Harrison, Boys' Latin, Sr. (30-7) -- Third-ranked Harrison (21 pins) won last year's Laker Invitational and was an MSA runner-up. He already has earned this year's Maryland Invitational crown on three pins.

* 125 -- Mike Harrison, Boys' Latin, Sr. (30-6) -- No. 6-ranked Mike (24 pins) was a Laker tournament champ and an MSA runner-up -- just like his twin brother, Ashley. Michael, who did not wrestle at the Maryland Invitational, was the Lakers' best pinner last year.

* 130 -- David Inkman, Mount St. Joseph, Jr. (30-11) -- Inkman, ranked No. 6, was third in last year's MSA tournament and already has won the Maryland Invitational title.

* 171 -- Peter Karvounis, St. Paul's, Sr. (25-7) -- No. 6-ranked Karvounis was third in last year's MSA tournament and an honorable-mention All-Metro pick. He was second to DeVivo at last weekend's Maryland Invitational.

* 189 -- Rashad Kitchen, Poly, Sr. (25-8) -- Fourth-ranked Kitchen was a City-Wide tournament runner-up, placed third in the MSAs, was fourth in the 3A-4A state tournament and won a regional crown. A first-team All-City pick and an honorable-mention All-Metro, Kitchen was the only city wrestler to place at the

3A-4A level.

* 112 -- Jake Lissau, Mount St. Joseph, Soph. (29-13) -- A returning MSA runner-up, Lissau (13 pins, one technical fall) already has taken second place at the Maryland Invitational. He was a first-team All-City selection last year.

* Heavyweight -- Darrell Mance, Woodlawn, Sr. (33-3) -- An All-City and honorable-mention All-Metro pick, No. 2-ranked Mance (235 pounds) used a take-down-oriented style to become the Warriors' first-ever 3A-4A state champ last year. He is probably the state's strongest and quickest heavyweight.

* 189 -- Kama Owens, Carver, Jr. (21-5) -- Owens, a muscular athlete, showed poise that belied his experience in beating Kitchen for last year's City-Wide crown. He should be vastly improved this season.

* 112 -- Bruce Pendles, Dunbar, Jr. (27-4) -- Ranked No. 5, Pendles won last year's City-Wide crown, was a runner-up in the MSA and regional tournaments and placed fourth in the 1A-2A state meet.

* 189 -- J. R. Plienis, McDonogh, Soph. (24-6) -- After placing third in last year's MSA tournament, Plienis -- an honorable-mention All-Metro -- enters the season ranked No. 3 in the state. Plienis was a member of the Cadet World Team over the summer.

* 140 -- Paul Scott, Mount St. Joseph, Sr. (34-9) -- Top-ranked Scott (14 pins), a first-team All-City pick and an honorable-mention All-Metro, was last year's MSA runner-up and placed third in the National Prep tournament. He was second in last weekend's Maryland Invitational.

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