Old Mill dominates for 11th regional crown

February 27, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

Five-time 3A-4A state champion Old Mill dominated the 23-team field in last night's East regional at Meade, qualifying nine wrestlers for next weekend's state tournament at Western Maryland College.

The Patriots (178.5 points) eclipsed runner-up Broadneck (98 points) for their 11th crown, with third-ranked Jason Bryant (112, county champ Nick Basta (125, 28-5) and county runner-up Mike DiLeonardi (145, 27-6) winning titles.

Shawn Radford (119, 27-7), Paul Hultgren (130, 20-5) and fourth-ranked county champ Don Patterson (189, 28-6) were runners-up. Patterson led, 2-1, when Poly's city champ Rashad Kitchen (20-3) used a third-period, five-point reversal to win, 6-2.

Bryant pinned Walbrook's city champ, Kevin Hughes (20-6), for his second straight crown. Basta overcame a 2-0 deficit to win, 6-2, over Glen Burnie's county runner-up, Jay Queer (21-6). DiLeonardi overcame a 2-0 deficit with his third-period pin of Queen Anne's District 8 champ Josh Miller (28-3).

"The third period, he sat out, I underhooked him," said DiLeonardi. "Then I weaved my way around for the half-nelson."

For Chesapeake (third), Travis Gottlich (103, 28-3, 15 pins) won, 1-0, over Southwestern's city champ, Dorian Paul (21-6). Teammate Doug Horton (135, 26-5) won a 9-4 decision over Walbrook's two-time city runner-up, Kevin Muldrow (18-4). Horton was a county runner-up last week and a county and regional champ two years ago.

Arundel (fourth) had champs in Phil Meenan (119, 24-6, 16 pins) and county champ Mark Chesla (152, 27-4, 17 pins).

Meenan avenged an earlier loss, 5-2, over Radford, whose 4-2, overtime semifinal upset came over Severna Park's defending regional champ and state runner-up, Jamie Kuch.

Chesla had two major decisions and a 2-0 semifinal victory over Northern's city champ, Manny Sterrett (23-4).

Adam Butts (160, 26-3, 20 pins) became Meade's first wrestler to win county and regional titles since Lionell Shields (145) in 1987. Butts' 16th straight victory, 14-8, came in a wild title-bout match with Carver's city champ, Rob Horton (24-5).

North County's Corey Fowler (Hvy, 22-5) beat Arundel's third-ranked John Noon (26-1, 19 pins) for the second time in eight tries, 4-3, including Noon's overtime victory in last week's county final. Fowler also beat Mervo's fifth-ranked city champ, Shawn Brodie (24-3, 15 pins).

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