Tri-meet sweep proves sweet for Northeast

January 27, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Coach Al Kohlhafer's veterans have been wrestling well all season for No. 2 Northeast, but the more inexperienced guys showed improvement during last night's tri-meet sweep at No. 13 Broadneck.

The Eagles (9-1, 2-0) whipped the host Bruins, 44-17, and visiting South River, 51-8, to gain the inside track to a second straight Anne Arundel County 2A-3A League crown with only Southern left to wrestle.

There were several double-winners for the Eagles, but the highlight for Kohlhafer was easily heavyweight Dan Defenbaugh (5-7). The 270-pound junior had a fall against South River before outlasting Broadneck's Pete Borradaile (15-4) in a 5-2 decision.

"I just got fired up tonight," said Defenbaugh. "I've been pinned four or five times this year, but I'll tell you, winning feels a lot better."

For South River (5-5, 1-2), a 33-27 loser to Broadneck, the lone double-winner was Gene Reid (103, 17-3, eight pins). Reid had a technical and a decision, but pins by Matt Supercynski (189, 13-5) and Borradaile helped Broadneck (6-4, 1-1) to overcome a 27-21 deficit against South River.

Along with Supercynski, Broadneck's Joe Yancey (145) had two decisions, outscoring his opponents by a combined 12-0. ... TC Teammate Jake Schaffer (171, 17-1) got his 10th pin of the year in 1:55, along with a forfeit from South River.

"We had some guys who didn't get pinned and some upper weights who came through nicely," said Bruins coach John Mayberry. "We were lucky to win that one."

But the Bruins weren't so lucky against Northeast, which totaled eight pins and three technical falls and lost just six matches on the night. Other double-winners were the top-ranked defending state champion Kusick twins, Marty (112, 15-1) and Mike (119, 16-0), Glen Lail (125, 13-4), T. R. Flemming (130, 2-0), Matt Jewer (135, 16-1), Steve Smiddy (140, 15-1), Jason Grunder (152, 10-4) and Ron Katzenberger (160, 14-4).

Marty had two technical falls, Mike a pin and a forfeit. Flemming, a sophomore subbing for injured starter Chris Morrow (12-4), had a technical fall and a 1-0 decision.

"Seeing Flemming wrestle like that in a pressure situation was really encouraging," said Kohlhafer.

Sixth-ranked Jewer recorded his 11th pin along with a decision, second-ranked Smiddy recorded his seventh pin along with a major decision, and Katzenberger had two falls.

Kohlhafer also credited Ken Fowler (171, 7-4) for going 1-1 with his broken wrist in a soft cast.

"Other kids would have just bagged it," Kohlhafer said. "But he really made a sacrifice for us."

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