New coach aims to rebuild Gladiators program

December 10, 1993|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

The Gladiators have a new, enthusiastic, young coach, Doug Campbell, who hopes to build a competitive wrestling program at Glenelg.

But for now, the young Gladiators may have to take a few lumps, especially against an extremely tough schedule.

The Gladiators are no match now with the likes of North Carroll, Linganore, South Carroll, Thomas Johnson, Chopticon and Francis Scott Key.

Campbell, 25, will have a major adjustment to make. He has spent the past three seasons as assistant coach at Chichester High in West Chester, Pa. Last year, that team went 14-4 and was the conference champion.

"Here I'll be trying to create interest and get the team back on its feet," he said.

Glenelg has just 17 wrestlers in its varsity and junior-varsity programs combined.

But Campbell has some good material to work with.

Jeff Feaga, a junior at 112 pounds, finished second in the county last season with a 20-12 record and he was one match away from making the state tournament.

And 135-pound freshman Jeremy Lignelli is an excellent all-around wrestler whom Campbell thinks has a shot at making it to the states.

Glenelg has only one senior, and that's 140-pound Steve Zumbrum.

Heavyweight Phil Stanton returns from a 7-17 season. The junior is physically strong and works best on the bottom.

Tate Fenner, a 130-pound junior returnee, also has his best moves working from underneath.

Junior returnee Tim Monroe, at 145 pounds, brings quickness and a good takedown ability to the mat.

Ryan MacMurray, at the 152-pound weight class, also works best on his feet because of his quickness. He is one of six returning Gladiators.

Other newcomers who figure to break into the starting lineup include French exchange student Pierre Greenier at 171 pounds. He's a hard-working, first-time wrestler.

Aaron Fallon, a sophomore transfer from Missouri who played soccer this fall, could surprise some people.

Sophomores Nat Thurber and Stewie Miller are battling to win the 119-pound starting spot.

Rob Ballantine, a 189-pound junior, wrestled mainly junior varsity last season, but has some varsity experience.

Freshman Rob Courrier has the 160-pound weight class to himself.

The Gladiators don't have anyone set at 103.

Campbell, who graduated from Liberty High in Carroll County and from West Chester University, teaches adaptive physical education and health at three schools in Baltimore County.

He wrestled and played baseball at Liberty. He boxed at West Chester and had a 7-1 record as a heavyweight.

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