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 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.