Plienis, Beckerman, Neal shine at all-star meet

March 06, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

McDonogh heavyweight J.R. Plienis, ranked No. 2 in the nation, DeMatha's Todd Beckerman and Southern-AA's three-time 1A-2A champ Tyrone Neal were most impressive in last night's Senior All-Star Wrestling Classic at Johns Hopkins University.

Plienis, who like Beckerman is headed to the University of Nebraska, had his closest in-state bout, taking a 5-3 decision over Beall's Jason Swisher (29-2).

"I'm disappointed with the way I wrestled, but he really didn't come to me," said Plienis, who subsequently improved to 30-0 by decking Westlake's state runner-up John Chisolm in 1: 58.

Beckerman, the nation's No. 1 125-pounder who lives in Crofton, improved to 207-1 for his career with a 19-8 decision of Liberty's ++ Kevin Jeffress. He built an 11-0 lead before planting North East's previously unbeaten state champ Ernie Miller (32-1). Beckerman has a state-record 189-bout winning streak.

Neal (140) won a battle of state champs, 5-0, over North Carroll's Tommy Kiler, building a 3-0 first-period lead. Neal also beat Gilman's Tommy Knowles, 11-0, and Kiler beat Knowles, 5-1.

John Carroll's MIAA and state runner-up Mike Babiak (189) overcame a 4-1 deficit to pin Lackey's Kevin Gilligan, who lost, 9-6, to Centennial's 3A-4A champ Joon Kim. But Kim came out on fire against Babiak, pinning him in 2: 33.

Mount St. Joseph's No. 1 Tyran Dungee (160), a two-time private schools state champ, edged Owings Mills' state champ Shaun Andoll, 9-4, and Boys' Latin's private schools state champ Erik Fitez (171) escaped with seven seconds left to upset Owings Mills' 1A-2A champ, Willie Broadnax.

Overlea's 1A-2A state runner-up Robin Watkins (152) beat Landon's private schools runner-up, Doug Blank, by 8-3, then dropped a 10-7 decision to Damascus' state champ Randy Pickett.

Dundalk's 3A-4A champ Dan Simancek (135) suffered his first loss, 8-7, on a late takedown against private schools champ Joey Paoletti, and South River's Gene Reid (119), his school's first-ever state champ, was upset, 4-3, by Annapolis Area Christian's Josh Palumbo.

Pub Date: 3/06/96

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