1994-95 Baltimore Sun All-metro Wrestling Team

March 17, 1995|By Lem Satterfield


* Gino Amasia, Calvert Hall, Sr., 112, 47-4 -- A two-time National Prep runner-up and twice an MSA champ, Amasia (115-16 career) won Independent Schools and MIAA tournament crowns and ended the year with 30 pins, two technical falls and a No. 2 state ranking. Among his best wins this season were a 10-0 shutout of Arundel's state champ Phil Schleifer, and two lopsided victories over Riverdale Baptist's third-ranked Mike Torro. Amasia went 24-1 and earned All-Metro honors last season.

* Steve Boothe, Perry Hall, Sr., 125, 29-4 -- Boothe was the consummate takedown artist, amassing a school-record 109 career victories against only 14 losses. Boothe, ranked No. 2 in the state, won a county crown, three regional crowns with a runner-up finish, and placed third in the states. He had impressive wins over DeMatha's state champ Billy Phillips, Centennial's state runner-up Jason Nagle and Owings Mills state champ Josh Ellin. Boothe lost three times to state champs and to a National Prep champ.

* Mark Chesla, Arundel, Sr.,4l 152, 34-2 -- Top-ranked Chesla, a 3.3 student who began wrestling as a freshman, became his school's first two-time state champion and won his second county and regional crowns along the way. The slick and flexible Chesla had 25 pins, but needed decisions of 4-2, 8-7 and 7-5 -- the latter in overtime over Old Mill's Mike Hines -- to win his second straight crown. He also bounced Lackey's 1A-2A state champ, Ryan Hersey, 8-2, and Friends' state runner-up, Ethan Goldberg, 11-6, to win at this year's senior All-Star Classic.

* Kit Doran, Aberdeen, Sr., 160, 34-0 -- Doran (96-17 career) won his third Harford County crown, his first regional title after being second last year and his first 1A-2A state crown. Entering the regionals, Doran, ranked No. 2 in the state, had not allowed a takedown, a reversal or near-fall points to be scored against him. At the senior All-Star Classic, Doran got his 20th pin of the year in 1:13 over La Plata's state runner-up John Pankhurst, and lost a close decision to DeVivo.

* Tommy Free, Sparrows Point, Soph., 103, 33-0 -- Free's career record in two seasons is 52-2, including last year's campaign in which he lost his state title, 2-1, on a third-period reversal by Juri Freeman (Oakland Mills). Free, who has 29 career pins and three technical falls, won his second county and regional titles. His first state crown came by 4-2 over an old junior league rival, Davey Blake (Kent), who entered the match at 31-0 with 24 pins. As a freshman at Edgewood, he also won Harford County and regional crowns.

* Tromaine Graves, Southern, Sr., 171, 33-3 -- A county champ, a regional runner-up and a fourth-place state finisher last year, Graves, ranked No. 2 in the state, won all three of those tournaments this year. In the process, he split victories with Meade's 3A-4A state champ Adam Butts; edged McDonogh's National Prep runner-up Martius Harding, 5-3; and twice beat Lackey's 189-pound state runner-up Scott Supulski, once pinning him. Graves, cousin to coach Tyrone Neal Sr. and son, combined technique and power.

* David Inkman, Mount St. Joseph, Sr., 140, 40-3 -- Inkman (10 pins, eight technical falls) -- a repeat All-Metro pick -- capped his career with a 5-0 shutout of Laurel's two-time state champ Sidney Billups, who entered their bout with a two-year 66-0 record. Billups last lost two years ago in North Carolina's 125 state semifinals, placing third. A National Prep champ and an A student, Inkman's career includes victories over National Prep runner-up Brian Page of DeMatha, prep champ Robert Alexander (DeMatha) and two-time state champ Tim Novak (Frederick).

* Steve Kessler, Owings Mills, Soph., 140, 36-0 -- Kessler has made a habit of going where no previous wrestler has, putting togetherconsecutive 36-0 seasons and two straight 1A-2A state titles. Kessler (36 career pins, 15 career technical falls) was The Baltimore Sun's first freshman All-Metro wrestler. Both last year's record and this year's 72-0 career record are state marks. He was top-ranked all season and downed Francis Scott Key's Randy Owings, 3-2, for his second straight state crown.

* Joon Kim, Centennial, Jr., 189, 32-1 -- As a sophomore, Kim (19-11 last year) ended this season as the state's top-ranked wrestler and Howard County's lone 3A-4A state champ, earning the county's Wrestler of the Year honors. Kim (18 pins) can be only the second Centennial wrestler -- Tim Lewis (1980-81) was first -- to win two state titles. Kim's only loss was avenged, 7-5, over Hammond's Jimmy Weston for the county crown. Kim, who likes the headlock, pinned three opponents for the region crown. At states, Kim pounded Churchill's No. 5 Dhani Jones, 11-4, and won the title, 5-3, over Old Mill's No. 2 Don Patterson.

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