Glen Burnie's Bruce finds going easier at Edgewood tourney

January 30, 1995|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

Glen Burnie's Jeremy Bruce has no doubt taken his lumps as the Gophers' 130-pounder in Anne Arundel County.

His weight class includes Southern's top-ranked state champion Tyrone Neal, Old Mill's state runner-up Nick Basta and Broadneck's Lonnie Donner, with the latter's only losses having come twice against Gonzaga's National Prep runner-up John Kalil.

But Bruce had an opportunity to step away for a weekend to Harford County, where his coach, Bruce Seider, watched him win the Edgewood Tournament.

Though he entered with a 6-9 record, Bruce won three straight matches, including an 11-6 title-bout decision over Eastern Tech's Ricky Rowan.

Glen Burnie finished sixth in the nine-team event, with Chris Emerson (103), Corey Davis (140) and Phil Ateto (171) placing fourth.

Upset city

Woodlawn, Fallston and Loyola scored upsets last week, with Loyola remaining in the chase for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association crown with Mount St. Joseph.

Loyola (6-1, 5-1) overcame a 12-0 deficit to beat then-No. 11 Gilman, 31-28, last week.

Woodlawn's victory over then-No. 13 Sparrows Point included Damon Dennis (130) decking the Pointers' previously unbeaten Sean Mryncza, who entered ranked No. 2 at 125 pounds.

Howard shines

Led by champions Eric Paskin (140), Chris Poling (160) and Brian Neal (Hwt.), Howard finished second to Rising Sun, ranked No. 10 in the state, in Saturday's nine-team Edgewood Tournament.

Finishing second for Howard were T.J. Dameron (112, 16-4) and Matt Sartwell (152), and sixth-ranked Frank Tortella (189, 19-1) was third.

Howard was coming off last week's 36-27 loss to Oakland Mills which was decided after the heavyweight match. Neal led his match against Oakland Mills' Brian Howard, 12-4, and -- with his team trailing, 30-27 -- appeared to be on his way to a major decision worth the four team points necessary for the Lions' victory.

But with 15 seconds left, Neal was pinned by Howard (14-10), who himself had been decked nine times.

In his title bout Saturday, however, Neal set the record straight with a reversal of sorts.

He trailed, 8-3, against Rising Sun's John Zellman before planting him in 3:55. Neal had twice survived nearly being pinned by Zellman.

Sixth-ranked county and regional champ Paskin (19-1) held off Rising Sun's Cory Hall, 6-2, who entered the bout with an 18-2 record.

For Poling (18-2), his title bout with Baltimore County champion Rex Marshall (18-3) was a rematch of the Friends' Tournament title tilt of the previous weekend.

At Friends, Poling beat Marshall, 12-7. Saturday, Marshall jumped out to an early 7-2 lead, nearly pinning Poling in the process, before Poling stormed back for a 13-10 decision that included six back points.

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