No. 2 Northeast takes tri-meet

December 15, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

A knowledgeable spectator called Anne Arundel wrestling rivalries "the most intense" in the state shortly before last night's neighborhood battle between Pasadena rivals No. 2 Northeast and No. 9 Chesapeake.

But after spotting the Cougars (1-1) six points, defending 1A-2A state champ Northeast (3-0) quickly deflated its neighbor, sweeping six straight bouts for a 28-6 lead en route to a 44-18 victory.

The Eagles took the tri-meet, which also featured winless North County, a 62-6 loser to Northeast and a 55-12 loser to Chesapeake. Heavyweight Cory Fowler (5-1) was North County's double-winner with his third and fourth pins.

No. 3-ranked Steve Smiddy (140) keyed Northeast's run against Chesapeake, scoring a 10-1 decision over No. 6 Doug Horton.

"There was a lot riding on our match because me and Doug hung out a lot this summer," said Smiddy, one of the Eagles' four seniors. "We didn't talk much about wrestling, but I was thinking about all of those times he beat me in junior leagues."

A pin by Chesapeake's Steve Davis (145) made it 28-12, but the Eagles made it 35-12 on a decision by No. 2-ranked Jason Grunder (152) and a 15-2 decision from Ron Katzenberger (160).

Northeast's Ken Fowler (171) had a decision, and teammate Dan Defenbaugh (heavyweight) had a pin. Chesapeake's Greg Vurgich (189) also pinned.

"We thought we all wrestled really badly against Friends in our first match," said Grunder. "But this was something we really needed. A real win."

Chesapeake led 6-0 after Travis Gottlich (103), who weighs 99 1/2 pounds, pinned Glen Mosco in 3:04. But the Eagles went up 15-6 with pins by the top-ranked Kusick twins, Marty (112) and Mike (119), and a decision by Glen Lail (125).

Down 4-1 after a period, Northeast's Chris Morrow (130) used a five-point second-period move and held on to win, 7-5. At 135, sixth-ranked Matt Jewer's third pin of the year made it 24-6.

"We figured if we were going to win it, we'd have to do it in the middle weights," Davis said. "Unfortunately, that's where we lost it."

The Eagles and Cougars will meet twice more before the county tournament, including in this weekend's Cougar Invitational at Chesapeake, which will feature top-ranked Mount St. Joseph. Northeast swept both of last year's dual meetings, including one that featured a wrestler's disqualification for biting.

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