Old Mill advances four, leads entering semifinals 3A-4A WRESTLING

March 04, 1995|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

Old Mill (24.5 points) was the leader over Churchill (23), La Plata (22) and defending champ Northern (20) entering today's semifinal round of the 26th 3A-4A state wrestling tournament at Western Maryland College.

For the Patriots, five-time champs before being dethroned last year, sixth-ranked Paul Hultgren (130, 26-4), Mike DiLeonardi (145), Mike Hines (152) and No. 2 Don Patterson (189, 31-2) reached the semifinals. Only Eric Donoway (171) was relegated to the consolation rounds after being injured in his match with Suitland's Dan Ropel (19-2).

Linganore's Ryan Green pinned Old Mill's regional champ, Nick Basta -- a state runner-up last year -- with a first-period headlock in the first round.

DiLeonardi, who scored a big 9-6 semifinal win over Northern's Sean Healey -- fourth in the state last year -- tackles Howard's sixth-ranked Eric Paskin (30-1), an overtime semifinal winner. Paskin was third in the state last year after beating DiLeonardi.

Hines used leg rides to build a 10-0 lead over Fredrick Douglass' fourth-ranked Frank Black-Glover (30-3) in a 12-7 upset win. He ,, will meet South Carroll's sixth-ranked Charlie Conoway (30-3) in the semifinals.

"Eric just got his bell rung, but he should be all right. But Hines was a big surprise because the other kid was so strong. But Hines was able to get the boots [legs] in," said coach Mike Hampe. "I was really please with DiLeonardi. He really gutted it out."

Hultgren, who had a pin and a 15-1 decision, faces Parkville's Paul Kretchmer (130, 23-5), who last week handed Dulaney's state runner-up, Alex Leanos, his first loss. Kretchmer advanced on a major decision and a pin, and Leanos (32-1) reached the semis on the other side after an overtime quarterfinal win.

Arundel's third-ranked Mark Chesla (152, 30-2) takes aim at his ,, second straight state crown against Woodlawn's Mykol Thomas, who finished third last year after losing last year's semifinal to Chesla.

Another state champ, South Carroll's No. 2 Mike Chenoweth (160, 30-1), pinned his way into the semifinals, as did Meade's No. 4 Adam Butts (171, 29-2), a runner-up to Chenoweth last year who could become his school's first state champ.

Chesapeake's third-ranked Travis Gottlich (103, 31-0) used a pin and a decision to reach the semifinals. He'll face Northern's Paul Bevard (34-4), a 9-4 upset winner over Churchill's sixth-ranked Jared Zimmet (27-3).

Arundel's Phil Schleifer (112, 19-3) advanced with a pin and a 5-2 decision over Northern's sixth-ranked regional champ Eric Miller, and, on the far side, Franklin's Son Nguyen decked his first two opponents.

Perry Hall's fifth-ranked Steve Boothe (125, 27-3) looked superb in outscoring his two opponents, 33-11, in major decisions. He tackles Fredrick Douglass' Boomer Black, who upset Wheaton's state champ Scott Munsey, 6-5, in his quarterfinal.

Centennnial's Jason Nagle (125), who was a 9-7 loser to Boothe in the regional final, reached the semifinals on the other side after two tough decisions.

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