Undefeated Hammond brings hammer down on opponents

January 10, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Hammond's wrestling team still is smoking.

The Bears (6-0) have eclipsed their most recent opponents -- Atholton, Liberty and Chopticon -- by a combined, 173-28. That's an average of 57.6 to 9.3 if you're counting.

Triple-winners over the course of those matches were Amit Kapoor (103, 12-3), Mike Chang (112, 13-2), Ryan Armstrong (125, 10-6), John Motley (130, 12-4), Brian Law (135, 11-3), Danny Proulx (140, 3-0), Chris Williams (152, 13-2), Jimmy Weston (hvy, 12-3) and Pedro Barbosa (hvy, 13-4).

Williams is ranked No. 6 by the Maryland State Wrestling Association, whose Top 10 teams are: 1. Mount St. Joseph, 2. North Carroll, 3. Northeast, 4. Riverdale Baptist, 5. DeMatha, 6. Old Mill, 7. Francis Scott Key, 8. Rising Sun, 9. Lackey, and --

tied for 10th -- Aberdeen and Damascus.

Lions' share

Howard's Lions (4-2) have stumbled somewhat in losses to Oakland Mills andSouth Carroll, but still have two of the county's -- if not the area's -- better wrestlers.

Coach Fred Bullock reports that Eric Paskin (145) and Seth Eldridge (171) each are undefeated at 12-0.

What makes Paskin's efforts so impressive is that he wrestled mostly on junior varsity last year -- or as a varsity throw-in when he often was out-weighed against opponents with superior skills. A summer of hard work has turned Paskin into a county contender.

Eldridge, on the other hand, won 27 matches last year, being edged, 11-10, by Hammond's Jimmy Weston for fourth place in last year's county tournament. He also placed fourth in the region.

Eldridge, who has 12 pins, moved into a fifth-place tie in the most recent MSWA rankings with Catoctin's Shane Tiffany and Damascus' Tom Horwat.

Growing pains

A youthful Oakland Mills squad (4-5) has taken its lumps recently against two unbeaten teams -- Francis Scott Key, 44-24, and Aberdeen, 34-29 -- as well as a 36-26 loss to Williamsport (6-1).

But three of the Scorpions' best wrestlers, No. 5 Juri Freeman (112), Chong Nguyen (125) and Wade Mitchell (130) all remained steady.

Mitchell and Freeman went 3-0 over those matches, with Mitchell getting a pin and a decision in the weekend tri-meet with Francis Scott Key and Williamsport. Nguyen was 2-1 over that stretch, pinning his Williamsport opponent in 11 seconds.

The Scorpions' Matt Sutton (135) went 0-3, but wrestled the tougher opponents. He suffered a major decision defeat against Harford County champ Frank Johnson (Aberdeen), and fell, 6-1, to 1A-2A state champ Randy Owings (Francis Scott Key), and lost, 13-9, to Williamsport's third-best wrestler.

"It's something that we've dealt with over the years," said 16th-year coach Steve Carnahan, whose Scorpions take on Wilde Lake tomorrow. "The pattern is, we struggle early to build character, then we peak toward the end."

The flip side

Wilde Lake's wrestling team, usually among the county's powers, is learning what it's like to be near the bottom of the league standings this season.

Last week, the Wildecats suffered two major defeats, losing 38-32 to Glenelg, and 38-20 to Atholton -- which earlier in the week was hammered, 57-10, by Hammond.

"It's been a long time since I can remember losing to either of them," said Wilde Lake coach Richard Jackson.

In the Atholton loss, Matt Radik -- who had only a 15-18 record last year -- handed Wilde Lake's two-time county and regional champ, Mike Green, an 18-5 loss. Green has placed third and fourth, respectively, in the past two 1A-2A state tournaments.

TOP 15

1. Mount St. Joseph (1-0) ... 120

2. Northeast (6-1) ... 109

3. North Carroll (7-0) ... 107

4. Old Mill (6-1) ... 96

5. Francis Scott Key (5-0-1) ... 88

6. Aberdeen (5-0) ... 76

7. Arundel (8-0) ... 68

8. Hammond (6-0) ... 60

9. Gilman (4-1) ... 54

10. Eastern Tech (5-0) ... 48

11. Perry Hall (7-0) ... 40

12. Owings Mills (6-0) ... 30

13. Kenwood (5-1) ... 22

14. Chesapeake-AA (4-2) ... 16

15. Loyola (3-0) ... 10

Other teams receiving votes, with record and points in parentheses: South River (3-3, 5), Mervo (4-0, 2), Broad (3-3, 2) Towson (4-2, 1), St. Paul's (5-1, 1), Oakland Mills (4-2, 1).

Poll members: Wavie Gibson, Walbrook; Al Miller, Perry Hall; Jim Currie, Boys' Latin; Tom Slichter, Chesapeake-AA; Bill Smith, Hammond; Bill Hyson, Francis Scott Key; Kenny Bryant, C. Milton Wright; Lem Satterfield, The Baltimore Sun.

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