Mount St. Joe's Scott wins fourth Cougar title

December 19, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Paul Scott went where no other Mount St. Joseph wrestler had gone before in last night's Chesapeake Cougar Invitational tournament.

His 5-4 win at 140 pounds over Northeast's No. 3-ranked Steve Smiddy (5-1) came on a last-second escape. Scott (11-1, seven pins) became the tournament's first four-time champ. Smiddy was a two-time champ.

"My side of the bracket was really tough," said Scott, whose 9-3 semifinal win came over Chesapeake-AA's No. 6 Doug Horton.

"There was a lot of pressure to win this," said Scott, winner of this year's Curley and Annapolis tournaments. "This feels really good."

Scott was a champ along with teammates Eric Schaffer (103), Russell Fecteau (125, 12-2), No. 3 David Inkman (130, 12-0), No. 3 Tyran Dungee (135, 11-2), No. 1 Danny DeVivo (171, 10-0) and No. 5 Kenny Hunter (Hvy, 9-1).

Those wins helped top-ranked Mount St. Joseph (255 points) capture the crown for the sixth time in the tournament's eight years.

The 18-time Maryland Scholastic Association champs eclipsed No. 2 state champ Northeast (217.5) for the second straight year.

Northeast's top-ranked defending state champion Kusick twins, Marty (112, 6-0) and Mike (119, 6-0) each won their third titles.

Marty (six pins) downed Maryland Scholastic Association runner-up Jake Lissau, 9-3, and Mike won, 14-3, over Severna Park's No. 2 state runner-up Jamie Kuch (5-1), who won last weekend's Annapolis tournament.

Northeast's No. 2 Jason Grunder (152, 6-1) faced Chesapeake's Rob Zittle for the second time in five days, winning, 4-2.

South Carroll sophomore Mike Chenowith (160, 8-0) recorded his sixth pin in the title bout.

Fecteau and Inkman won rematches over Frederick wrestlers, and MSA champ Dungee's buzzer-beating takedown stood for a 4-3 win over Northeast's No. 6 Matt Jewer (6-1, six pins).

Fecteau's five-point takedown overcame a 5-2 third-period deficit for a 9-6 win over Tim Fields (6-1, five pins), and Inkman won, 4-2, on a reversal with 32 seconds left against Tim Novak (5-2).

"I thought we wrestled really well," said Gaels coach Paul Triplett. "Especially Paul; there was a lot of pressure on him with this four-time thing."

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