Towson gets off mat fast with tournament win

December 13, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Towson wrestling coach Glen Hyman insists he wasn't sand-bagging during the preseason when he called an improvement on last year's 8-6 record "possible."

Still, he's not getting overly excited about Saturday's victory in the 17-team Pikesville tournament, which included then-No. 15 Overlea (fourth place), last year's 3A-4A Baltimore County runner-up Dundalk (seventh) and Walbrook (eighth), a two-time Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference champ and winner of last year's city tournament.

Towson (155 points) had individual champs in Pat MacLeod (171), Joe Judge (119), runners-up in Ryan Haden (103) and Vince Kerner (140), a third-place finish from Andy Thompson (135) and fourth-place effort from Josh Fastie (130).

"I just hope now that they believe what I've been telling them -- that they're decent wrestlers and they can win," said Hyman. "But it's still early."

A key bout was MacLeod's 5-2 upset of Walbrook's then No. 3 Jamil Stoakley, a defending city champ and a regional runner-up last year. MacLeod, who was fourth in last year's regional tournament, got the edge with an early takedown.

"The last 10 seconds, you still weren't sure who was going to win. I wasn't breathing easy until that buzzer sounded," said Hyman. "I was a little concerned that Pat wasn't moving real well early in the tournament, but I guess he was saving the best for last."

Woodlawn (144) claimed individual champs in No. 2-ranked state champ Daryl Mance (heavyweight), No. 5 David Plack (103) and Keith Leister (125), with Mykol Thomas (152) finishing second, Tory Gundy (171) third and Jeromy Gurney (160) fourth.

Thomas dropped an 8-6 decision to Overlea's No. 5 John Fields, whose teammate, former No. 5 Mike Knoedler (heavyweight), finished third after losing, 2-0, to Loch Raven's R. J. Meyer.

Third-place Hereford (120) was buoyed by Roy Collins (189), who edged John Carroll's previously unbeaten Maryland Invitational champ, John Stotler, 11-9, in overtime.

Fifth-place Dulaney was paced by Alex Leanos (130) and Steve Carlino (145), with sixth-place Kenwood getting a title from No. 4 Chuck Williams (160), who pinned all four of his opponents.

Fall from grace?

During a 42-26 dual-meet loss to Perry Hall last week, Northern's Manny Sterrett (152) shocked the crowd with his pin in 1:02 of the Gators' regional champ, Brian Yoakum, who was third in last year's 3A-4A state tournament.

A new Mariner

Edgewood's David Schimmel (135), No. 3 in the preseason rankings, has transferred to Joppatowne for personal reasons.

Joppatowne coach Larry Swift will likely have him by Dec. 22 at home vs. Bohemia Manor.

Unbeaten or untested?

No team points were kept in last weekend's Tower Hill (Pa.) tournament, but St. Paul's had five individual champions: top-ranked, All-Metro and MSA champ Steve Truitt (135, 10-0), No. 3 Pete Karvounis (160, 9-1), Gray Frain (103), Brandon Heaver (112) and Gokul Prabhu (125), along with four other place winners.

Matt Willett (119), Baruk Griffith (130) and Ned Kissinger (189) were third for the Crusaders, with Chris Walcutt (152) placing fourth.

The Crusaders (4-0) have beaten St. Mary's, 44-24, Model, 78-0, Patterson, 65-9, and Calvert Hall, 67-4, but coach Desi McNelis isn't yet touting them as world beaters.

Loyola at Mercersburg

The Greyhounds' (244 points) had individual champs in Nick Hollick (135), Owen Kerney (171), and Dave Miller (152) to eclipse Peddie (220) and Sidwell Friends (178) for the crown in the seven-team affair. Runners-up were No. 6 Jason Gibson (125) and Adam Baker (103), with Scott Smith (112), Dave Riley (119), Mark Lilly (145) and Bob Riley (189) placing third.

Gilman at Magruder

Largely on the second efforts of its wrestlers, Gilman finished fourth in the 21-team tournament at Magruder High of Montgomery County. Its third-place finishers were No. 6 Mike Kim (160), Jamie Biddison (189), Greg Plitt (145) and Kirk Caldroney (140), with No. 6 Maakan Taghizadeh (103) taking fourth.

Curley at North East

St. Mark's (Del.) ran away with the title at last weekend's 16-team, North East (Cecil County) tournament, but Curley (sixth place) was the most successful of the seven area schools that competed. Curley's Will Nave (152, 8-2) decisioned Bart Jester of Sussex Central, 18-6, in the title match.

Adam Berk (140, second), Tim Oakjones (130, fourth) and Richard Widzbore (119, fourth) also were among the top four for Curley, with Joppatowne sophomore Travis Volmar (135, second) being the area's only other finalist.

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