DeMatha pinned by bad luck

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

DeMatha, coached by Elkridge resident Dick Messier 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.

Scorpions back?

Following its fourth-place finish at Arundel -- two points behind a DeMatha squad ranked No. 3 in the state -- it appears that Oakland Mills (7-3), ranked No. 12 in The Baltimore Sun, is ready to reclaim the Howard County crown from Hammond.

The Scorpions were 13.5 points ahead of host and fourth-place Arundel, ranked No. 9 in the area. The Scorpions were led by Wade Mitchell (130), ranked No. 3 in the state, who improved to 16-0 by winning his second straight Arundel Tournament crown.

Teammates Matt Sutton (135, 14-4), Casey Moffett (140, 15-2) and Brian Howard (hwt.) each were runners-up after losing close title bouts to quality opponents.

Oakland Mills' Chris Naylor (103, 15-2) split bouts with Northeast's Glen Mosco, being pinned by Mosco in the first round before beating him, 8-2, for third place. Mosco, who has seen action at 112 and 119 pounds, had dropped weight to wrestle at 103.

Colin Meeks (171) and Bryan Frizzelle (189) each were fourth for Oakland Mills.

Moffett was the most impressive of the second-place finishers, beginning with his semifinal pin -- his 13th of the season -- over Churchill's regional runner-up, Blake Zimmet. Zimmet had entered the bout with an 11-1 record, having lost only to Magruder's regional runner-up Ali Deyhim, 8-4.

Moffett then nearly pulled off the tournament's biggest upset, getting the takedown for an early 2-0 lead over DeMatha's No. 2-ranked Brian Page (21-4). But Page, who was fifth in last year's National Preps, scored back points in the final 20 seconds to break a 2-2 tie en route to a 4-2 decision.

Sutton's 13-12 loss to Northeast's county and regional runner-up Jay Queer (15-1) included 11 reversals -- six by Sutton. The difference in the match was a takedown and an escape by Queer, whose only loss has come by 5-4 to Linganore's sixth-ranked Ryan Green.

One coach, describing Howard's chiseled physique, said, "When breathes, his muscles flex." Howard had first-period pins en route to a runner-up finish to Terrence Eason (18-2) of St. Benedict's (N.J.).

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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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