DeMatha pinned by bad luck WRESTLING NOTEBOOK

January 16, 1995|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

DeMatha, featuring Crofton resident Todd Beckerman (119, 126-1) and ranked No. 3 by the Maryland State Wrestling Association, had a disappointing third-place finish at the weekend's Arundel Tournament after being first a year earlier.

But the Stags' effort must be put in perspective when weighed against a few factors that were beyond control of the team but that affected it, nevertheless.

A key wrestler received a gun shot wound in his foot on Thursday night -- one night before the tournament's first round. And on Friday night, the father of another wrestler was rammed in his car by a tractor trailer . Yet another Stags' starter was injured in practice and could not wrestle.

A look back

Northeast's Jay Queer (135, 15-1) won the wildest title bout of the weekend's Arundel Tournament, 13-12, over Oakland Mills' Matt Sutton. It included 11 reversals -- six by Sutton -- with the difference in the match being a takedown and an escape by Queer.

Arundel wrestlers Isaac Haertel (145, 18-1) and 3A-4A state champ Mark Chesla (152, 17-2) each lost their Arundel Tournament title bouts by identical scores of 10-4. Haertel lost to DeMatha's fourth-ranked Robert Alexander, and Chela to DeMatha's third-ranked Matt Allman.

But the two locals scored semifinal upsets over wrestlers from National Prep runner-up St. Benedict's (N.J.) before reaching the finals.

Haertel edged Gerald Bustamante, 10-8, and Chesla nipped Vinnie Almeida, 8-7. Both Bustamante and Almeida had placed in last year's National Preps Tournament, held annually at LeHigh University.

Bustamante is coming off a year during which he pinned Mount St. Joseph's David Inkman -- presently ranked No. 2 at 140 -- and during which he dropped a 3-2 National Prep semifinal decision to the eventual preps champion.

In his match with Almeida, Chesla trailed by as much as 5-2 early. He escaped and scored a takedown to tie the bout at 5-5 with 1:12 left in the match, but Almeida reversed Chesla for a 7-5 lead with under a minute to go.

Then Almeida, who earlier had given up a point for an illegal hold, was called for stalling for the second time in the match. Since it was his third infraction, it cost him two points, tying the bout at 7-7. Chesla escaped with 13 seconds remaining and held on to prevent overtime.

Arundel's Phil Schleifer (112) finished third after a 5-2 decision over St. Benedict's Omar Feliciano -- a runner-up in last year's Arundel Tournament -- and a 7-4 decision over Churchill's Brian Dubin.

Arundel's Tim Kelly (135) had lost to Brian's older brother, Jason Dubin, by 7-6, but rebounded to finish third after a 6-3 decision.

Annapolis' Ed Catterton (189) improved to 11-4 with his runner-up finish to Churchill's Dhani Jones, who won the tournament for the second straight season.


1. Mount St. Joseph (2-0)

2. Francis Scott Key (7-0)

3. Old Mill (8-0)

4. Northeast (9-0)

5. North Carroll (8-1)

6. Owings Mills (10-0)

7. Broadneck (6-1)

8. Aberdeen (9-1)

9. Arundel (7-2)

10. Chesapeake-AA (6-2)

11. South Carroll (10-1)

12. Oakland Mills (7-3)

13. Gilman (4-0)

14. Perry Hall (6-1)

15. Dulaney (8-1)

Other teams receiving consideration: Hereford (8-1), Sparrows Point (8-1), Pikesville (6-2), Eastern Tech (5-2), John Carroll (6-2), North Harford (5-1), Curley (2-1), Boys' Latin (3-0).

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