Wrestlers To Watch

December 10, 1993|By Rick Belz and Michael Richman

Mike Chang, Hammond, 112, Jr. -- He finished third in the county and his skill at Gramby rolls makes it hard to keep him down.

* Seth Eldridge, Howard, 171, Sr. -- A four-year wrestler, Eldridge is coming off a 23-6 season in which he placed fourth in the county and third in the region at 152.

* Jeff Feaga, Glenelg, 112, Jr. -- He finished second in the county with a 20-12 record and was one match away from going to the states.

* Yuri Freeman, Oakland Mills, 112, Sr. -- The four-year veteran was 23-9 and county champ last season. A strong all-around wrestler, he finished third in the region.

* Carlo Gerstenfeld, Wilde Lake, HW, Jr. -- He finished third in the county and fourth in the region with a 17-9 record.

* Mike Green, Wilde Lake, 171, Sr. -- He finished fourth in the state after winning county and region titles and compiled a 23-5 record. Quickness makes him tough on his feet.

* Wade Mitchell, Oakland Mills, 130, Jr. -- His 21-9 record and county championship make him a feared opponent even though he'll be jumping three weight classes from last season.

* John Motley, Hammond, 130, Sr. -- This county champion never quits. He's a blood-and-guts wrestler and team co-captain.

* Preston Murfin, Howard, 140, Sr. -- In his first full season at Howard, Murfin went 18-6, with No. 3 placements in the county (135) and in regionals (145).

* Jason Nagle, Centennial, 125, Jr. -- A state qualifier at 112, Nagle will win his weight category in the county, coach Todd DeCrispino said. He's coming off a 22-8 season in which he was third in the county and second in the region.

* Dan Proulx, Hammond, 140, Sr. -- The county runner-up and team co-captain, Proulx is smooth and driven to succeed.

* Matt Radik, Atholton, 171, Jr. -- A 15-18 wrestler last year at 160, Radik should contend for the county title. Coach Ron McMillan predicts he'll win close to 25.

* Lance Rhodes, Centennial, 103, Soph. -- The county's fourth-place finisher at 103, Rhodes is a quick, precise and confident wrestler who maneuvers better on the bottom than on his feet. He missed a few matches in his 9-10 season because of illness.

* Ricky Trott, Atholton, 160, Soph. -- After opening 1-8 last year, Trott went 10-14 at 152. Now, McMillan expects him to claim the county 160 title and qualify for states. "He's a fierce competitor who doesn't back down," McMillan said.

* Chris Williams, Hammond, 152, Sr. -- A county champion two years ago, Williams is eager to make up for missing last season. He's highly athletic.

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