Chesapeake's Horton out from under Eveleth's shadow

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

Doug Horton has been living in the shadow of another former Chesapeake wrestler, former state champ, Brian Eveleth, since he was a freshman.

But over the weekend, Horton did something that even Eveleth and Matt Slutzky (Aberdeen) -- the state's only four-time state champ -- had failed to do.

The 135-pound Chesapeake senior edged Harford County champ Frank Johnson (Aberdeen), 3-0, Saturday night to become only the second-ever four-time Aberdeen Invitational Tournament champ.

His effort came a year after Aberdeen's two-time state champ, Zack Fowl, had become the tournament's first four-time champ.

Horton (14-4, 11 pins), a county and regional champ two years ago, previously had suffered three tough losses to top-ranked Paul Scott (Mount St. Joseph), No. 2-ranked state runner-up Steve Smiddy (Northeast) and Dirk Snuffer (Independence), who last year placed fourth in West Virginia's state tournament.

"With the tough matches I've had, I no longer underestimate anybody," said Horton, who suffered all of his previous losses at 140 pounds.

In Johnson, Horton faced a veteran who lost only 9-4 to St. Paul's top-ranked, All-Metro Steve Truitt (14-0) in the title bout of the John Carroll tournament. Truitt also won last year's Maryland Scholastic Association crown.

"There was a lot of pressure, but then, there's never an easy ride," said Horton. "I felt pretty good out there."

The Cougars were runners-up to Aberdeen in the overall race for the team title, with Chesapeake's other champs being Travis Gottlich (103, 15-2), Matt Howard (119) and Rob Zittle (140, 13-3).

Gottlich (six pins) won, 5-0, over Towson's Ryan Haden. Haden, who lost for only the second time, was a Hereford tournament champion and a runner-up at Pikesville.

Howard trailed 9-2 before pinning his title-bout opponent from Aberdeen.

Baltimore City champ Maurice Simmons (140, Edmondson), an Aberdeen champ last year, trailed 5-2 when an ankle injury forced him to default his title bout with Zittle.

Jake the snake

Broadneck's Jake Schaeffer pulled a fast one on Perry Hall's )) Joe Farinetti in their 171-pound bout Friday.

Schaeffer, a true 160-pounder, trailed 5-3 with seven seconds left against the previously unbeaten Farinetti, when a four-point takedown secured a 7-5 victory and Farinetti's first loss in 10 matches.

Butting in

Meade's 160-pound Adam Butts (12-3, 10 pins, one technical fall) was a mild surprise as a champion in the Arundel Invitational two weeks ago.

But his stock has continued to rise over the last week.

Not only did the junior notch another first-period pin, but he also had a 13-11 overtime victory over Northeast's Jason Grunder (7-2), who at the time was ranked No. 2 by the MSWA. Grunder last year won 29 matches en route to a regional title and a third-place finish in the 1A-2A state tournament.

Comeback kid

Spalding's Jason Hardman (130, 10-5) overcame a 6-2 deficit to pin his semifinal opponent from Southwestern en route to a runner-up finish at last weekend's Boys' Latin Invitational.

New rankings

The Maryland State Wrestling Association's recent rankings:

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; 10. tie: Aberdeen and Damascus.

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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