Strong showing for Southern WRESTLING NOTEBOOK

January 23, 1995|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

Southern's top-ranked Tyrone Neal (130) and Tromaine Graves (189) each won titles, teammate Steve Bonds (103) was fourth, and South River wrestlers Travis Murdock (119) and Dave Summey (135) placed second and fourth respectively in the weekend's 18-team South River Tournament.

Neal, a defending county, regional and 1A-2A state champ, pinned three opponents and took an 11-1 title-bout decision over Thomas Stone's Darrel Edwards.

Neal won the tournament for the second straight year, as he did at Annapolis earlier this year, to improve to 20-0 with 14 pins. He was also a titlist at Lackey.

Graves, a county champ who was third in last year's states, pinned one opponent and won two decisions to improve to 15-3 with 11 pins. Graves was third at last year's South River Tournament and second at Lackey earlier this season.

In the semifinals at South River, Graves beat Lackey's regional champ Scott Supulski for the second time this year, this time by 10-4. Graves pinned Supulski at Lackey's Tournament before losing a 10-8 title bout decision to Rising Sun's No. 2-ranked 1A-2A state runner-up Bruce Knisely.

After winning the Annapolis Tournament last year, however, Graves failed to place at Annapolis this year. So winning another tournament was a goal for the Southern senior.

Reversals, surprises

In last week's Old Mill-North Carroll match, in which the Patriots came away, 33-19 victors, there were a couple of interesting reversals and one big surprise.

The surprise was the Patriots' Paul Hultgren (135), a regional runner-up, handling North Carroll's fifth-ranked Tommy Kiler, 6-2. Kiler, Hultgren beat a defending Carroll County champ who last year defeated three eventual state champs -- pinning two of them.

Kiler, a third place finisher at last year's 1A-2A state tournament, beat Francis Scott Key's two-time 1A-2A state champ Randy Owings for the regional crown.

also decked Frederick's Tim Novak, who went on to win his second 3A-4A state crown. Kiler also built a 15-1 lead before pinning Francis Scott Key's Chris Beale, who went on to defeat Northeast's Steve Smiddy, 8-2, in their 1A-2A state title bout.

The Patriots lead the series, 4-1, over North Carroll, the most exciting meeting being last year's 27-26 win at Old Mill. A pin by top-ranked Don Patterson (189), who clinched this year's match after receiving a forfeit, secured last year's decision with a pin for coach Mike Hampe's 200th career dual meet victory.

In last year's match, the Patriots' Nick Basta blanked the Panthers' Corey Rill, 5-0, at 130 pounds, and Mike DiLeonardi (145) led 2-1 in the third period before allowing a bout-stealing four-point takedown by North Carroll's Eric Hott in a 5-3 loss.

Last week, the opposite happened as Rill beat Basta, last year's "..."TC 3A-4A state runner-up, in overtime, and DiLeonardi, a defending regional champ, edged Hott, 7-5.

Another interesting note about DiLeonardi's match: Hott, ranked 5 in the state, owns a 4-1 victory this season over Howard's sixth-ranked Eric Paskin, who eliminated DiLeonardi by 7-3 from last year's 3A-4A state tournament en route to placing third.

While Hultgren was a 6-4 winner over North Carroll's Tony Zahn at 125 in last year's meeting, Eric Donoway (171) -- who pinned this year -- had lost a 6-5 decision to the Panthers' Chris Boog, a fourth-place finisher in the 1A-2As.

Also, the Patriots' Mike Hines (160), who missed last year's match with a back injury, came through with a pin this year.

TOP 15

1. Mount St. Joseph (6-0)

2. Francis Scott Key (10-0)

3. Old Mill (10-0)

4. Northeast (12-0)

5. Owings Mills (12-0)

6. Broadneck (8-2)

7. North Carroll (9-2)

8. Aberdeen (9-1)

9. South Carroll (10-1)

10. Oakland Mills (8-3)

11. Gilman (4-0)

12. Dulaney (9-1)

13. Sparrows Point (9-1)

14. North Harford (8-2)

15. Hereford (9-1)

Other teams receiving consideration: Perry Hall (8-2), Arundel (8-3), Pikesville (7-2), Chesapeake-AA (7-3), Eastern Tech (6-2), John Carroll (6-2), Boys' Latin (4-0), Curley (2-2).

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