Broadneck wins with balance

January 11, 1995|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

All season, Broadneck coach John Mayberry has taken pride in his lightweight wrestlers. But in last night's 43-24 victory at No. 10 Chesapeake, the No. 7 Bruins (6-1) showed balance throughout the lineup.

Up top, Broadneck, leading 20-18 with five bouts left, got pins from Joe Yancy (152 pounds), Andy Chambliss (171) and Arto Vartanian (heavyweight, who improved to 14-1 with his 13th pin) and a technical fall from Rob Peck (160). The Bruins had won two of the first three bouts for a 12-6 lead, with pins by Matt Ormsby (112) and Jason Donner (119).

"We were hoping our heavyweights could come through, and they did," said Mayberry, whose team's only loss came against No. 3 Old Mill. "We were giving up a lot of points at 189, but we changed the lineup a little bit and it's working out."

Chesapeake (6-2), minus three starters, led once, 6-0, after Travis Gottlich (103), a defending regional champion, improved to 18-0 with a pin of Ben Helbig after leading 7-0.

"I'd love to have my three guys back and wrestle them again," said Chesapeake coach Tom Slichter, who also got a victory from Keith Sellers (189), who was nearly being pinned before decking Aaron Lawson.

One bright spot for Chesapeake was Matt Howard (125), who has wrestled impressively of late, with wins over Howard County runner-up Jason Nagle (Centennial) and previously unbeaten Harford County champ Corey Pascuzzi (Aberdeen).

Last night, Howard (14-3) overcame a 2-0 deficit to edge Broadneck's Todd Betz, 6-5.

"He was a lot stronger than me, so I tried to use speed and finesse," said Howard. "I feel I'm hitting a streak and I'm working extra hard in practice."

Another good bout had Broadneck's Lonnie Donner (130, 13-2) beating Chesapeake's sophomore Carl Cicchetti, 10-2, for a 16-9 Bruins lead. Cicchetti recently won the Arundel and Aberdeen tournaments after a runner-up effort at Chesapeake's invitational.

After twice nearly pinning Julian Tai (135), Chesapeake's Jason Schmitt -- who scored six back-points -- settled for an 8-2 decision. But Isaac Putnam (140) had an easier time getting a 50-second fall to stretch Broadneck's lead to 22-12.

But it was 20-18 after Broadneck's Mike Schardt (145), trailing, 8-2, against Keith Puller, was disqualified for head-butting Puller.

"I think our kids wrestled hard and proved something to themselves tonight," said Slichter. "We needed something like this."

* Gilman 39, St. Mary's 30: No. 12 Gilman (4-0) overcame a 30-9 deficit to avoid an upset by unranked St. Mary's, in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association match at St. Mary's (3-4).

Tommy Knowles (135 pounds), Billy Buppert (145), R. C. Kauffman (171), Vince Tuohey (189) and Packer Rodgers (heavyweight) had pins for the visiting Greyhounds, and Arman Taghizadeh (119), Kirk Caldroney (152), John Holliday (160) earned decisions.

Pins by Tim Klepper (112), Chris Brown (125), Josh Creekmore (130) and Josh White (140) had staked the Saints to their lead.

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