Undermanned Northeast beaten by P.G. foe, 36-35

January 07, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Third-ranked heavyweight Blaine Gasch of Riverdale Baptist pinned Northeast's Dan Defenbaugh in 1:17, lifting the Crusaders of Prince George's County to a 36-35 victory yesterday over the defending 1A-2A state champion Eagles.

The Eagles (6-1) entered the match ranked No. 2 by The Baltimore Sun and No. 2 by the Maryland State Wrestling Association. Riverdale's Crusaders (4-0) are No. 5 by the MSWA.

The 233-pound Gasch (6-0, five pins) showed little rust from a severe bout of mononucleosis as he disposed of the 275-pound Defenbaugh.

"I've wrestled bigger, stronger guys than him, but I was concerned about my conditioning," said Gasch, whose win followed Josh Bender's decision over Northeast's Adrian Spears 189.

The Eagles, who yielded three forfeits, were without two injured starters -- No. 2 Jason Grunder (152-160, ankle) and Ken Fowler (171, wrist). The Crusaders yielded forfeits at 119 and 140, where Northeast has a combined 10 pins and two technical falls. The absence of Grunder (7-2), who was third in last year's state tournament, and a forfeit to Riverdale Baptist's Justin Falley (171, 3-0) added pressure for Northeast.

"We knew Dan and Adrian would have a tough match and the three forfeits would put us back," said Northeast's Ron Katzenberger (160, 10-2), whose 27-second pin put Northeast ahead 35-21.

"It was a good match, but we weren't really beat -- just outmanned."

Northeast trailed 6-0 after forfeiting to the Crusaders' No. 2 Mike Torro (103, 19-4). But it was 12-6, Eagles, after their top-ranked defending state champ Kusick twins, Marty (112, 10-0) and Mike (119, 10-0), had left the mat -- Marty with his sixth pin of the year over Mike Pecha (15-6), and Mike on a forfeit win.

Billy Phillips (125) trimmed it to 12-9 with a 6-4 decision of Northeast's Glen Lail (8-3), but the Eagles went up 29-9 on a 26-second pin by Chris Morrow (130, 9-1), a technical fall by sixth-ranked Matt Jewer (135, 10-1, eight pins), and a forfeit to third-ranked Steve Smiddy (140, 10-1).

It was 35-27, Eagles, after four more bouts, including Katzenberger's pin, and the Crusaders' top-ranked Young brothers, Josh (145, 22-1) and Jeremy (152, 21-1), got a pin and a forfeit, respectively.

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