Northeast wins battles, but loses the war to Rising Sun

February 28, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

County champ Northeast, the state's sixth-ranked team, lost a down-to-the-wire 1A-2A East Region battle, 148.5-143, to No. 5 Rising Sun over the weekend.

Two of the Eagles' five individual titlists were state champion Kusick twins, Marty (112, 25-1) and Mike (119, 26-0), ranked No. 2 and No. 1 in the state, respectively.

Other titlists for Northeast were fourth-ranked Matt Jewer (130, 26-1, 16 pins), second-ranked Steve Smiddy (140, 25-1) and county runner-up Jason Grunder (152, 19-6).

Marty Kusick is a three-time county and regional champ and his four teammates are each two-time regional titlists. Dan Defenbaugh (heavyweight, second) and county runner-up Ron Katzenberger (160, 21-6, third) also qualified for next weekend's state tournament at Western Maryland College.

Winning titles for Southern were second-ranked county champ, Tyrone Neal (125, 27-1) and Harold Glenn (145, 18-6). County champ Trumaine Graves (189, 24-5) was second and county runner-up Todd Inzer (103, 20-7) third for Southern.

Neal, a sophomore and last year's 119-pound state runner-up, won his second straight regional crown on a decision and two pins, including a 22-second fall. Glenn's 9-3 title-bout victory dethroned Rising Sun's two-time regional champ,Randy Jourdan (18-7). Inzer beat South River's county champ, Gene Reid, 3-2, for third place.

Marty Kusick downed South River's Travis Murdock, 13-2, in the title bout after Murdock scored an 8-6 semifinal upset over previously unbeaten Ernie Miller (24-1) of North East.

Mike Kusick won by default over Rising Sun's Cory Hall, who could not wrestle after being slammed in his semifinal bout by second-ranked Tim Taylor (24-1) of North East in Cecil.

Jewer pinned South River's Jamie Reid in 5:44 of their title bout, and Smiddy's overtime title-bout win came over Perryville's two-time regional runner-up, Cory Dixon (19-4).

Grunder beat his three opponents by a combined, 25-5, including a first-round, 12-0 win over Rising Sun's Jason Prior. Grunder's 6-3 title-bout win came over Dan Kukan (25-5) of Kent County High.

County connections

Dematha's top-ranked sophomore Todd Beckerman (103), a Crofton resident, won five straight bouts -- including two by pins -- for his second straight National Prep Tournament title Saturday at Lehigh (Pa.) University.

Beckerman (44-0) improved his two-year record to 96-1, including a 4-3 victory over Northeast's Marty Kusick (25-1).

DeMatha's second-ranked Jerry Sloan (130), another Crofton resident, was seventh, and another county resident, Jake Lissau (112), placed fifth to help Mount St. Joseph to its fourth National Prep crown in the seven years.

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