Wrestlers To Watch

December 10, 1993|By Doug Brown

* Todd Betz, Broadneck, Jr., 119 -- Although only in his third year of wrestling (one in a junior league), Betz is a force. He was fifth in the region last season. "He's strong, has a lot of heart and does particularly well on cradles," said coach John Mayberry.

* Jason Bryant, Old Mill, Sr., 112 -- Bryant was 35-5, winding up third in the state tournament. Coach Mike Hampe cites his aggressiveness and leadership ability.

* Mark Chesla, Arundel, Jr., 152 -- Chesla was a leading wrestler on the team that was seventh in the state Class 3A-4A tournament. Coach Buddy Hepfer says Chesla has "speed, strength and knowledge."

* Jack Copus, Annapolis, Sr., 152 -- Copus was fifth in the region last year and has been Annapolis' most consistent wrestler in recent years. He was also fifth in the region as a sophomore and junior.

* Cory Fowler, North County, Sr., Heavyweight -- Fowler is the defending county champion. He was third in the region and qualified for the states, losing in the first round. He and Arundel's John Noon figure to battle for the county title.

* Jason Grunder, Northeast, Sr., 152-160 -- His brother Al was state champ at 160 last season. Jason was 29-8 and third in the state at 152. He may move up to his brother's old weight class.

* Jason Hardman, Archbishop Spalding, Soph., 130 -- Hardman compiled a 25-9 record last year as a freshman. He is in his second year as a co-captain. Coach Ron Young cites Hardman's "constant working to improve."

* Mike Hines, Old Mill, Jr., 145 -- The county champion at 145, Hines compiled a 21-7 record. Coach Mike Hampe says Hines is a "tough wrestler who is much improved."

* Doug Horton, Chesapeake, Sr., 145 -- Horton has more than 50 career wins. He was county and region champ as a junior.

* Matt Jewer, Northeast, Sr., 135 -- Jewer compiled a 27-10 record and was fourth in the state at 135.

* Jamie Kuch, Severna Park, Jr., 119 -- After a sophomore season in which he was second in the state at 112, Kuch has moved up to 119, where the competition figures to be stiffer.

* Marty Kusick, Northeast, Jr., 103-125 -- Twin brother of Mike, Marty posted a 33-0 record and won the state title at 103. Coach Al Kohlhafer can use him in any class up to 125.

* Mike Kusick, Northeast, Jr., 103-125 -- Mike followed his brother's victory at 103 in the state tournament with one of his own at 112. His record was 32-1. He, too, will wrestle between 103 and 125.

* Phil Meenan, Arundel, Sr., 119 -- After a season at Riverdale Baptist of Prince George's County, Meenan has transferred back to Arundel, where, as a sophomore, he beat Bryant for the regional crown. He later edged Bryant for third place in the state meet.

* Darrell Miner, Glen Burnie, Sr., 152 -- Miner was third in the county and fourth in the region and qualified for the states.

* Tyrone Neal Jr., Southern, Soph., 125-130 -- Neal was 26-4 as a freshman and second in the state at 119. He will wrestle at 125 or 130.

* John Noon, Arundel, Sr., Heavyweight -- Undefeated in dual meets, Noon was second in the county. After a runner-up finish in the region, he lost in the first round of the states.

* Don Patterson, Old Mill, Jr., 189 -- Patterson has improved markedly since completing last season with a 26-8 record and a fourth-place finish in the county tournament at 189. He developed by competing in summer tournaments.

* Shawn Radford, Old Mill, Sr., 119 -- Radford has eight years of experience, dating to his junior-league days under his father, Larry, now North County's coach. Shawn was 15-7 at 119 last season.

* Jamie Reid, South River, Sr., 125-130 -- Based on last season's 18-3 record, Reid has a decent chance to reach the state tournament this time.

* Steve Smiddy, Northeast, Sr., 130 -- Smiddy posted a 28-6 record and finished second in the state tournament at 130.

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