No. 12 Arundel beats Old Mill for first time since '88, 43-15

January 19, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

State champ Mike DiLeonardi, state runners-up Mike Hines and Nick Basta, and Basta's brother Dave, four former wrestlers who helped Old Mill win a state-record six championships, could hardly stomach seeing their former teammates lose twice in a night.

They saw the No. 14 Patriots (4-3, 4-1) get bounced, 39-20, by unranked North Carroll (5-1), and routed, 43-15, by No. 12 Arundel (6-2, 5-1) -- the latter being the Wildcats' first win over the Patriots since 1988.

Old Mill's only double winners were Chris Combs (103, 16-2), Jarod Marquardt (112, 13-3), Gary Serago (135, 15-2) and Chris Riggins (heavyweight), with Combs getting his team-leading ninth pin against North Carroll.

Arundel trailed 6-0 early, but it got pins from Casey Harrington (119), who overcame a 4-2 deficit, and Chad Webber (125), plus a major decision from Graham Harris (145) and an overtime decision from Adam Sayani (130).

Arundel went up 25-12, on a forfeit to state runner-up Isaac Haertel (152, 8-0, five pins), and 31-12 before Greg Neidig (160), one of four freshmen on the team, pinned to put the match mathematically out of reach.

Teammate Ryan Markish (189) also pinned.

"It's been a long time coming, and the kids worked hard for it," said Arundel coach Buddy Hepfer, who faces No. 10 Northeast tonight.

"Everyone in the lineup wrestled darn well."

North Carroll overcame a 17-9 deficit with six straight wins, the fifth being a forfeit to Joe Hughes (171) that put the match mathematically out of reach, 33-17. Colin Eustler (189) also pinned.

North Carroll's Dameon Davis (125, 9-2) pinned for the eighth time, and No. 2-ranked state champ Tommy Kiler (140, 10-0) for the seventh time.

Matt Rittler (152) pinned in 50 seconds, and 119-pound sophomore Travis Miller, loser of every match last year, used a third-period, five-point move to overcome a 6-4 deficit and beat Gary Ardis, 9-6.

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