Northeast pins down county title

February 18, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

No. 3 Northeast entered the year as the defending 1A-2A state champion. Last night at South River, the Eagles dethroned 10-time Anne Arundel County champion and No. 2 Old Mill.

The Eagles, ranked No. 5 in the state, won only their third crown over the state's third-ranked team, 199.5-174.5, behind champs in top-ranked defending state champion Kusick twins Marty (112, 23-1) and Mike (119, 24-0) -- who won for the WRESTLING

third straight year -- No. 6 Matt Jewer (135, 25-1) and No. 2 Steve Smiddy (140, 23-1).

Marty (14 pins, three technical falls) overcame a 2-0 deficit and used a takedown with 35 seconds left for a 5-3 win over Old Mill's No. 3 Jason Bryant ( 24-3). Mike (10 pins) won, 5-1, over Severna Park's No. 2 Jamie Kuch (18-5), last year's 3A-4A state runner-up.

Jewer (14 pins) won, 10-7, over Chesapeake's Doug Horton (23-5, 13 pins), a county and regional champ two years ago. Smiddy (12 pins) ground out a 5-1 victory over Chesapeake's Rob Zittle (20-7).

The Eagles came off Wednesday's 42-22 regional dual-meet loss to Rising Sun, which included three forfeits, to deny the five-time 3A-4A state champion Patriots a fifth straight county crown.

"This was our focus all year -- to beat Old Mill," said Marty Kusick.

Said Mike: "We were missing a couple of starters against Rising Sun, but this shows we can come back."

Old Mill had two champs as sophomore Nick Basta (130, 23-4) overcame a 1-0 deficit to win, 2-1, over South River's Jamie Reid, and sixth-ranked Don Patterson (189, 25-5) downed Broadneck's Matt Supercynski, 5-2. But Old Mill's fourth finalist, Mike DeLeonardi (145, 22-6), lost after being called for a slam of Chesapeake's Steve Davis (22-4), who couldn't continue.

"We didn't lose -- they beat us," said Old Mill coach Mike Hampe. "You want to be first, but they're so superior."

Arundel (145 points) was fourth behind Broadneck (149), as Arundel's Mark Chesla (152, 24-4) edged Northeast's Jason Grunder, who was a runner-up for the second straight year, and third-ranked teammate John Noon (heavyweight, 24-0, 17 pins) dethroned North County's Corey Fowler, 2-1.

"It's tough beating someone four times. He knows what's coming from me," said Noon, who holds a 6-1 series lead against Fowler, losing only last year's county title bout.

Southern's No. 2-ranked sophomore Tyrone Neal (125, 26-1), last year's 1A-2A state runner-up, earned his crown on a fall, a decision and a title-bout 11-1 victory. Teammate Trumaine Graves (171, 28-4, 15 pins) derailed Broadneck's Jake Shaeffer (28-2, 18 pins) on a 5-1 decision.

Meade's Adam Butts (160, 23-3, 19 pins) won, 10-9, over Northeast's Ron Katzenberger (19-5, 10 pins) for his 13th straight victory, and host South River's Gene Reid (103, 24-5) downed Southern's Todd Inzer, 8-3.

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