Harford County wrestling preview

December 08, 1996|By John W. Stewart

Aberdeen Eagles

1995-96 record: 11-2

Coach: Dick Slutzky

Top wrestlers: James Axel, Jr., 125; John Ishibashi, Soph., 135; Gary Sims, Sr., 189; Jamont Thomas, Jr., 275.

Outlook: The first team is young but has a lot of talent. It is likely only four or five seniors will start -- a departure from recent years. Axel is a defending county champ and one of three county place-winners in the state tournament.

Bel Air Bobcats

1995-96 record: 5-7

Coach: Craig Reddish

Top wrestlers: Shawn Loper, Sr., 145; Tim Smallwood, Sr., 152.

Outlook: The more than 40 candidates are the most in Reddish's four years and represent an increase in numbers for a second straight season. A solid group of veterans should make a marked improvement.

C. Milton Wright Mustangs

1995-96 record: 7-6

Co-Coaches: Chris Miller, Allan Garvin

Top wrestlers: Mike Reilly, Sr., 145-152; Chris Schneck, Sr., 145-152.

Outlook: A relatively young team with potential led by a small group of upperclassmen. Reilly is a defending champion. Schneck, who was third in the county and fourth in the region last year, was a surprising second at the state tournament. With Kenny Bryant, the school is the only one in the county with a coaching change.

Edgewood Rams

1995-96 record: 6-5

Coach: Fred Foster

Top wrestlers: Dathaniel Jones, Sr., 119; Tony Martinelli, Soph., 125.

Outlook: Off-season and graduation losses will make improving on last year's record tough, but .500 is possible. Some individuals could contend at the county and regional levels.

Fallston Cougars

1995-96 record: 7-5

Coach: Andy Amasia

Top wrestlers: Joe Ercolano, Sr., 140; Mike Strobel, Jr., 112; Steve Voelker, Sr., 275; Tim Ward, Sr., 119.

Outlook: Ercolano (second in region, sixth in states) and Voelker (sixth in region) are returning county champions who, along with Strobel, are expected to have strong seasons. Several other returnees notwithstanding, this is still a young squad facing a tougher schedule.

Harford Tech Cobras

1995-96 record: 4-9

Coach: Gary Siler

Top wrestlers: Dominic Bonvegna, Sr., 171; Kevin Johnson, Jr., 103-112; K. C. McQuiston, Jr., 135-140; Bobby Mills, Sr., 140-145.

Outlook: The top four are expected to do very well for a team that returns most of last year's starters. Experience and improved challengers on the 43-man squad should make this a (( better team.

Havre de Grace Warriors

1995-96 record: 2-9

Coach: Greg Long

Top wrestlers: Paul Johnson, Sr., 152; Mike Lambert, Jr., 160.

Outlook: Two seniors and a group of young candidates will be the foundation for building a team. Filling all the classes is possible, with several candidates expected to do well.

John Carroll Patriots

1995-96 record: 4-7

Coach: Bill Reichert

Top wrestlers: Sean Dansberger, Jr., 112; Derrek Schmidt, Sr., 145; Steve Trancucci, Sr., 160.

Outlook: With eight returning lettermen, including three National Prep School tournament entries, this team should be solid, top to bottom. Trancucci is the only proven tournament place-winner, with others having to build on their experiences.

Joppatowne Mariners

1995-96 record: 3-11

Coach: Larry Swift

Top wrestlers: Dave Mattheu, Sr., 140; Doug Muhly, Jr., 119; Jason Tankersley, Soph., 152.

Outlook: A good turnout will enable all classes to be filled, and prospects are for a .500 mark.

North Harford Hawks

1995-96 record: 9-5

Coach: Fred Holtz

Top wrestlers: Ken Cross, Sr., 160; Rick Desper, Sr., 125; Glen Folck, Sr., 130-135; Jeremy Mason, Sr., 171.

Outlook: There is experience from 125 pounds up, and Holtz looks to match or better last season's dual record. Returnees include county champions Desper and Folck and finalists Cross and Mason.

Pub Date: 12/08/96

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