135-pounders rank as one tough class

January 24, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

By far, the state's toughest wrestling weight class is 135 pounds.

In the metro area alone, the weight class boasts 15 quality wrestlers who could excel at a high level for just about any program.

Leading the way are a couple of All-Metros, St. Paul's top-ranked Steve Truitt (16-0), a defending Maryland Scholastic Association champ, and Francis Scott Key's No. 2-ranked Randy Owings (13-0), a defending 1A-2A state champ.

To repeat as MSA champ, Truitt likely will have to go through Mount St. Joseph's fifth-ranked Tyran Dungee (20-5) or Loyola's Nick Hollick (13-3). Dungee, also an MSA champ last year at 130, already has lost close decisions to Truitt and Owings. Hollick, who was third in the MSAs last year, has lost only at 140 pounds this year.

Owings' biggest obstacles to another state title include North Carroll's co-No. 2 Tommy Kiler (14-0) and Northeast's No. 6 Matt Jewer (14-1, 10 pins).

Chesapeake-AA's Doug Horton (15-4) and Walbrook's Kevin Muldrow (10-1) appear to be the area's best bets for 3A-4A state titles, unless Perry Hall's Rich Hanzevach (12-0) chooses to remain at 135 instead of dropping to 130.

Both Horton, a county and regional champ two years ago, and Muldrow, last year's Baltimore City runner-up who placed fourth in the regions, began the season ranked in their weight classes. Horton was No. 6 at 145, and Muldrow was No. 6 at 135.

Horton recently became only the second wrestler to win Aberdeen's Tournament four times. His losses have all come at 140, including decisions to Mount St. Joseph's No. 1 Paul Scott and to Northeast's No. 2 Steve Smiddy.

Muldrow lost his only bout, 9-7, to Dunbar's 1A-2A state contender Hermondoz Thompson (9-0) on a four-point takedown with 18 seconds left.

Kiler (29-3 last year) is a defending Carroll County and regional champ. He could see Owings as many as six times this season, beginning with this weekend's South Hagerstown Tournament.

They could meet again in the regular-season dual meet, again in the regional dual meets, and three more times in the county, regional and state tournaments.

Jewer, a regional champion, was last year's Anne Arundel County runner-up and placed fourth in the states. His only loss was 4-3 against Dungee on a last-second takedown.

Other 1A-2A contenders include Edgewood transfer David Schimmel (2-1), who is now at Joppatowne after going 27-4 with a regional title last year, and Aberdeen's defending county champ, Frank Johnson, who was fourth in the regionals last year.

Johnson was a runner-up to Truitt in the John Carroll tournament and to Horton in the Aberdeen Tournament. Schimmel edged Dunbar's Thompson, 6-3, for third place in the 1A-2A state meet after having lost their earlier quarterfinal meeting, 16-8.

Thompson was a Baltimore City and regional runner-up before being derailed 3-1 by Owings in last year's state semifinal. With a 9-0 record this season, he looks like a contender in the 1A-2A.

Owings Mills' Stan Leazer (11-0), a regional runner-up last year, also could contend in the 1A-2A, along with two others from Howard County in Hammond's Brian Law (13-3) and Glenelg's freshman sensation Jeremy Lignelli (10-3).

Law was third in both the county and region last year and owns a 7-5 overtime victory over Lignelli, winner of the season-opening Chopticon Tournament. Lignelli's other two losses came by 6-1 to North Carroll's Kiler, and 9-8 to a Liberty wrestler at 140 pounds.



The coming weekend looks to be a big one for wrestling with the Gilman Duals and tournaments at South River, Edgewood, Overlea and North Hagerstown (involving Francis Scott Key and North Carroll).

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