Northeast's lineup shuffle leads to rout of Arundel

January 20, 1995|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

On Tuesday, No. 4 Northeast needed a fall by Adrian Spears at 189 pounds to secure a 36-34 decision over No. 7 Broadneck.

Spears had a 44-second pin in last night's Anne Arundel County League match against No. 9 Arundel (8-3, 6-3), but that was long after the Eagles had dispensed with the drama in a 48-18 blowout.

Coach Al Kohlhafer shuffled his lineup in the lower weight classes to take advantage of a two-pound weight allowance that took effect on Jan. 15.

The moves resulted in the Eagles (12-0, 9-0) building a 31-0 lead over the first seven bouts, including a pin by Jay Queer (135, 19-1).

Queer, a county and regional runner-up last year, got his 15th pin of the season in 1:44 over Arundel's Tim Kelly, who entered the match at 17-4. Junior T.R. Fleming (140, 12-4) followed with a 9-3 decision.

"We wanted to get as many pins and points as we could instead of just going behind on takedowns," said Queer, whose only loss of the year came by 5-4 to Linganore's sixth-ranked Ryan Green.

Arundel finally scored to make it 31-12 on first-period pins by Isaac Haertel (145, 20-1) and fifth-ranked defending state champion Mark Chesla (152, 19-2). They were the 16th falls of the season for both wrestlers.

But Chris Morrow (160) nailed the night's fastest pin in 22 seconds to improve to 14-4, and sixth-ranked Ron Katzenberger (171, 17-2) scored a technical fall.

The Eagles next focus on Thursday's dual-meet showdown at No. 3 Old Mill.

"We wanted to start getting up for our bigger matches," said Queer. "This and Broadneck are a step in the right direction."

Glen Mosco (103), who was at 112 on Tuesday, got seven takedowns in a 17-6 decision over Justin Beeler, as did top-ranked defending state champion Marty Kusick (112, 18-0) in an 18-4 win.

Then Glen Lail (119, 16-3), who wrestled at 130 against Broadneck, won, 16-3. Mike Kusick (125, 17-1), regularly at 119, scored a 20-4 technical fall, and Dale Bowers (130) blanked Graham Harris, 12-0.

"This lineup made us a lot stronger because we were able to fill some spots," said Lail, who was pinned against Broadneck. "I was ready to go in this match, and a little bit better prepared."

Arundel, whose only other points came after receiving a forfeit at heavyweight, was without Phil Schleifer. Schleifer, an Old Mill transfer and the Wildcats' regular starter at 112, has missed the last two matches due to illness.

But the match might not have been much closer even with Schleifer because his only loss of the season came against Marty Kusick by 13-3 in last weekend's Arundel Tournament.

In addition, Bowers, who returned to the team after a month of disenchantment, returned to improve to 5-1 and make the Eagles a stronger team.

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