County's small guys come up big in tournaments

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

Anne Arundel County's light-weight wrestlers turned in stellar performances in tournaments over the weekend.

No. 2-ranked Crofton resident Todd Beckerman (112, 6-0), a DeMatha wrestler, won his second straight Annapolis crown, downing his three opponents by a combined 42-0.

At Curley High a week earlier, Beckerman, a sophomore, captured his second straight Maryland Invitational.

The defending National Prep champ has outscored five opponents by a combined 56-1 with his sixth bout being a fall in 3:14. As a 103-pounder last season, Beckerman went 52-1 with 42 pins, winning 11 tournaments along the way.

"I had wrestled some of these guys last year," Beckerman said. "It's like they've analyzed some of those matches and they're trying different things. It's making things a little tougher."

Old Mill's champion Jason Bryant (112), ranked No. 3 by the Maryland State Wrestling Association, won five matches for the crown to pace the five-time, 3A-4A state champion Patriots to ninth place in the 30-team, Northern Virginia Invitational.

Bryant, who was third in last year's 3A-4A state tournament, won five bouts, the last being a 6-4 decision over a W. T. Woodson wrestler who placed third in Virginia last year.

Locally, Severna Park's No. 2-ranked 3A-4A state runner-up Jamie Kuch (119) won the Annapolis tournament crown on two pins and a 13-0 title-bout decision over Mount St. Joseph's Dan Mattson. Kuch was a runner-up to Bryant in last year's Annapolis tournament, but avenged that loss to Bryant later in the season.

Arundel's Phil Meenan, ranked No. 3 at 119, lost 7-2 to Kuch in the semifinals of last year's Annapolis tournament and placed third. Saturday night, however, Meenan came away a winner, taking the Meade tournament crown, 2-1, over North Carroll's No. 4 Doug Dell, last year's 1A-2A state runner-up to Northeast's Marty Kusick.

Meade Tournament

Although North Carroll (266) dominated with eight champions, Meenan, No. 4 John Noon (heavyweight) and Casey Harrington (103) were individual champs for runner-up Arundel (213).

Harrington decisioned North County's James Collins, 5-1, and Noon won 4-3 over North County's Corey Fowler, who last year became the first county champ in his school's history.

The Wildcats also got runners-up efforts from Mark Chesla (152) and Jeff Taylor (160), who lost, 11-9, to Glen Burnie's Darrel Minor. Jay Queer (125) was the other champion for Glen Burnie.

For defending Maryland Scholastic Association C Conference champ Spalding, Dan Musiker (140) and Mike Reisner (135) were second and fourth, respectively.

Douglass tournament

South River's place-winners at Douglass of Prince George's County were Travis Murdoch (112, second), Jamie Reid (130, second) and Gene Reid (103, third). Before losing his title bout in overtime to a Lackey wrestler, Jamie Reid knocked off Bowie's No. 4 Todd Smith, who placed fourth in last year's 3A-4A state tournament.

Unlike father?

St. Mary's wrestling coach Rob White insists he knows little about wrestling, saying he "leaves the teaching up to his assistants," Mike Stringfellow, Brendan Kelly and Kevin Donnelly.

But White -- a military man -- must have taught his son, freshman Josh White (130), plenty about poise, because Josh has shown plenty of it on the mats this season.

Saturday night, he was a runner-up in the Annapolis tournament, losing only 5-2 to Mount St. Joseph's No. 2-ranked David Inkman, the tournament's top seed.

White reached the title bout by edging Southern's No. 3 seed Nat Boothe, 10-7, and No. 2 seed Brian Page of DeMatha in the semifinals.

"I've wrestled [Inkman] before at the [Maryland Invitational] and I lost 5-3 in the semifinals," said Josh White, who has wrestled for seven years. "He just waited for my mistakes, and that worked for him. I think it could get a little easier."

Tim Klepper (103) was third at Annapolis, where several of his Saints teammates wrestled well. The Saints, Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference champs two years ago, are contenders to dethrone two-time title-winner Walbrook.

"I'm proud of our kids," said Rob White. "They're not backing down and I think this is going to pay off in the B Conference."

Big matches on tap

In their annual backyard brawl, defending 1A-2A state champ Northeast travels to Chesapeake tomorrow night, for a tri-meet with North County. Wednesday night, Broadneck and Arundel are at Annapolis for another key tri-meet.

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