Oh, brother, Kessler a fast learner

February 21, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

Steve Kessler, Owings Mills' sixth-ranked 130-pound wrestler, appears to be going where no other member of his family has gone before.

His oldest brother, Kevin, won a state title. His next older brother, Greg, won three state titles before graduating last year.

But Steve, a freshman, is already a county champion -- a first in his family as a freshman -- after handing Dulaney's fifth-ranked Alex Leanos his first loss, 3-1, in the county title bout.

Kessler also is unbeaten at 29-0 and ranked in the state -- two more accomplishments that neither older brother attained. And he is looking to become only the state's sixth freshman to win a state title. That would put him on course to match Aberdeen's Matt Slutzky, who two years ago became the state's first four-time state champ.

Second efforts

Last week was a busy week of upsets and reversals in area wrestling, beginning with Baltimore County.

Topping the list is Perry Hall's Joe Farinetti (171), who handed Towson's third-ranked Pat Macleod his first loss, 4-2, in their overtime county-title bout Tuesday. In Wednesday's 3A-4A regional dual meet, Farinetti handed Howard's Seth Eldridge his first loss, 3-1.

Towson's Ken Knapp (145) had a county semifinal pin of Overlea's No. 2-ranked John Fields, then downed Kenwood's Warren Burke, 6-3, for the county crown. In a dual meet the next day, however, Knapp lost, 1-0, to Owings Mill's Paul Schulman -- who did not place in the county tournament after losing to Burke, 3-2.

Eastern Tech's Joe Catlin was the county champ at 119, beating Franklin's Sean Groszkowski -- last year's county champ -- in the semifinal, 17-7, and Perry Hall's Steve Boothe, 7-2, in the title bout. The next day, however, Groszkowski pinned Catlin in the dual-meet regionals.

In the same regional, Boothe gained a measure of revenge against Catlin by moving up a class for a 6-4 victory over Catlin's teammate, county runner-up Brian Nagle (125).

L Towson's Andrew Thompson (135) was fourth in the county tour

nament after losing 6-3 to county runner-up Stan Leaser (Owings Mills), but rebounded to beat Leaser, 9-8, in a dual meet the next day.

Switching to the city's District 9 Tournament, Northern's Manny Sterette (152) beat Mervo's Carlos Levine for the city title only to lose to Levine in the Maryland Scholastic Association quarterfinals Friday night. Levine was an MSA runner-up after losing 2-1 to Boys' Latin's Erik Fitez.

Also in the MSA tournament, Mount St. Joseph's fourth-ranked Russell Fecteau (125) pinned Boys' Latin's Mike Harrison in their title bout. Fecteau was pinned by Harrison in a dual meet last year.

Mount St. Joseph's Jake Lissau (112) was favored to win an MSA title after being a runner-up last year, but lost Saturday's title bout to Calvert Hall's Brian Kapp -- whom he had beaten earlier in the year.

Regionals next

The following are the sites and schedules for this weekend's regional wrestling tournaments:

* 3A-4A North at Randallstown, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday and resuming at 10 a.m. Saturday, with the finals slated for 5 p.m.

* 3A-4A East at Meade, beginning at 4 p.m. Friday and resuming at noon Saturday, with the finals slated for approximately 7:30 p.m.

* 1A-2A West at Boonsboro, beginning at 4 p.m. Friday and resuming at 11 a.m. Saturday, with the finals slated for 5 p.m.

* 1A-2A South at Lackey, beginning at 4 p.m. Friday and resuming at noon Saturday, with the finals slated for 7 p.m.

* The 1A-2A North at Pikesville, beginning at 4 p.m. Friday and resuming at 11 a.m. Saturday, with the finals slated for approximately 4 p.m.

* The 1A-2A East at Cecil Community College, beginning at 4 p.m. Friday and resuming at 11 a.m. Saturday, with the finals slated for approximately 4:30 p.m.

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