Old Mill uses wrestle-backs to finish in front

January 03, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

The magic still thrives at Old Mill.

The five-time, 3A-4A state champion Patriots showed their depth in eclipsing then-No. 4 Francis Scott Key, 183-178.5, in last Tuesday's 26th annual Francis Scott Key tournament.

Old Mill had three individual champs in No. 3 Jason Bryant (112), Shawn Radford (119) and Don Patterson (189).

The Patriots' only runner-up, Mike DeLeonardi (145, 12-3) was derailed by the host team's No. 5 Zac Yinger (10-1, seven pins).

What won the tournament for the Patriots, however, was the consolation finals, where David Bryant (125), Nick Basta (130), .. Tim Patterson (135), Dave Basta (140), Mike Hines (152) and Jason Athanas (160) all placed third.

Hines (a pin) and Athanas (a decision) beat Francis Scott Key wrestlers during the round, as the Patriots turned a 146.5-140.5 deficit into a 166-152.5 lead.

"We won it in the wrestle-backs. I don't know that we've ever won a tournament without them [wrestle-backs]," said Old Mill coach Mike Hampe.

"We're still a young team, but we're getting older. It was tough, but we really needed something like this."

Although Jason Bryant's effort was impressive, his younger brother, David, competed in perhaps the tournament's toughest weight class.

The 125-pound champion, Steve Lessard (Francis Scott Key), won his second straight tournament title, 6-1, over John Carroll tournament champ Matt Carlsen (Bel Air) -- a first-round 14-11 winner over David Bryant.

Bryant won his next bout, 6-4, over Catoctin's Mike Harris, who pinned his way to last year's tournament title. Bryant then earned third place, 10-6, over Woodlawn's Keith Leister, a Pikesville tournament champ who lost only 3-2 to Carlsen in the semifinal.

The day's action included Old Mill sophomore Jarod Marquardt (103) earning his first victory, 16-2 over Keith Haskin (Catoctin) en route to finishing fourth.

Old Mill's other fourth-place finisher, Eric Donoway (171), eliminated last year's tournament runner-up, Bryan Ingram (North Hagerstown), with a 5-2 victory. Donoway then dropped a 1-0 decision to Bel Air's Joe Strazzire.

What makes Donoway's effort more impressive is that Strazzire was a 5-3 runner-up to Aberdeen's unbeaten Chad Guerrera (9-0) at John Carroll's tournament, hours after Guerrera's 4-1 victory over then No. 3-ranked Pete Karvounis (St. Paul's).

Lady-killer

For two straight years, Arundel's Ryan Markish (125) has wrestled females in the Wildcats' junior varsity invitational.

Last year, he pinned Wilde Lake's Maria Romano for the title. Last week, he faced a tougher opponent, but pinned West Lake's (Charles County) Jesse Lorraine, who entered the bout with a 5-1 record, including two pins over male opponents.

Orderly fashion

Recent battles among 119-pound wrestlers lend credence to the Maryland State Wrestling Association rankings.

In the title bout of the Chesapeake tournament, Northeast's top-ranked 1A-2A state champ, Mike Kusick downed Severna Park's No. 2 Jamie Kuch, 14-3. Kuch, last year's 3A-4A state runner-up, later edged Arundel's No. 3 Phil Meenan 1-0 in a dual meet. Meenan, who was third in the state two years ago, had an earlier 2-1 victory over North Carroll's No. 4 Doug Dell for the Meade tournament title.

Disorderly fashion

There's chaos among three county 160-pounders: Arundel's Geoff Taylor is 2-0 against Meade's Adam Butts, who is 2-0 against Glen Burnie's Darrel Minor, who is 2-0 against Taylor.

Butts (10-3, nine pins, one technical fall) had the upper hand after winning last week's Arundel Tournament with his 16-second pin of Chesapeake's Keith Weaver. Butts was third and second, respectively, at earlier Meade and Chesapeake tournaments.

In the semifinal, Butts overcame a 6-2 deficit to pin Minor, whose 4-0 victory over Taylor earned fourth place. Taylor lost to Weaver, in the semifinals.

Individual endeavors

Also at Arundel, Chesapeake's unheralded Jason Schmitt (125) won a 10-8 semifinal battle over Centennial's regional runner-up, Jason Nagle, who was third in Howard County last year and fourth at this year's Annapolis tournament.

In the other 125-pound semifinal at Arundel, Glen Burnie's Jay Queer (10-1, six pins, one technical fall) lost 19-10 to C. Milton Wright's eventual champ, Vince Tucciarella (8-0, seven pins), a two-time Harford County runner-up. Queer later edged Nagle, 7-4, for third place.

Queer's teammate, Dave Smith (135) was a runner-up at Arundel, winning his semifinal, 8-4, over Centennial's top seed .. Kevin Heywood, who was third in Howard County.

Glen Burnie transfer Eric Schaffer (103) was sixth in the last week's University of California (Pa.) tournament, helping Mount St. Joseph to a fifth-place finish in the 27-team affair.

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