Northeast brings home three titles with fifth-place finish Eaton, Brown, Serio win at 1A-2A East regional

March 02, 1997|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORTH EAST -- Anne Arundel County was well-represented at the 1A-2A East Region wrestling tournament Saturday at Cecil Community College as eight of 13 competitors earned a ticket to Westminster.

Northeast senior Tyrone Eaton (145 pounds), Anthony Brown (152) and Tony Serio (189) all won regional titles to help the team finish in fifth place with 90 points.

Rising Sun captured the team title with 170.5 points and runner-up North East collected 142.5 points. Kent was third with 98.5, followed by Mardela (96.5) and sixth-place Southern (56.5).

Of the Northeast trio, Eaton -- the third seed -- stood the tallest by defeating fifth-seeded Adam Schaible of North East and top-seeded Scott Taylor of Mardela before earning an 8-5 decision over second-seeded Roy Orr of Rising Sun.

"I used a low seed as a way to push myself through each match," said Eaton. "Each match I went out and wanted to prove that I should have been the top seed. And if it wasn't meant to be then I wouldn't have won. But I guess it was meant to be because I won."

In the finals, Brown, who led, 10-0, won with a fall at the buzzer over North East-Cecil's Josh Schaible and Serio worked for a tough 7-6 decision over Kent's Gordon Boyer. The loss was only Boyer's second of the year. Bob Couch (103) placed third.

South River's lone representative, Dan Whitcher (135) proved he was worthy of more than a sixth seed. Whitcher defeated the fourth-, and first-seeded wrestlers before losing in the finals to North East's Eric Lonabaugh by technical fall, 17-2.

Southern sophomore Nick Alley (103) led the Bulldogs with a 17-4 win over Mardela's Kevin Stine in the finals.

"I was kind of scared," said Alley, a first-year varsity wrestler, who jumped out to a quick 10-1 advantage. "I knew I had to go after him if I was going to have a chance."

Juniors Scotty Bond (119) and Phil Glenn (140) placed third, and fourth, respectively, for Southern to advance.

Pub Date: 3/02/97

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