Championship trio carries Arundel to 3A-4A East title Schroeder, Nichols, Harris claim individual crowns

March 02, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Arundel, ranked No. 2 in the metro area and No. 7 in the state, won its ninth Class 3A-4A East region title -- its second straight under 29-year coach Buddy Hepfer -- overcoming runner-up Old Mill, 191.5-132.2, last night at Meade.

Champions Brian Schroeder (125 pounds), Wayne Nichols (130, 31-5) and Graham Harris (140, 30-2) were among the 10 Wildcats who placed in the top four to qualify for next weekend's state tournament at Western Maryland College.

Arundel (18-0), which became the county's first 3A-4A state duals champ two weeks ago, also boasted runners-up Pat Crouse (112, 25-6) and No. 6 Isaac Haertel (152, 32-2), third-place finishers Greg Klingler (103), Pat Ortman (119) and Rob Connolly (160), and fourth-place finishers Steve Banvard (145) and Matt Neidig (171).

Nichols' 12-5 championship win over Southwestern's city champ Andre Wooden (28-4) ended his best effort ever. Nichols edged another city champ, Northern's Victor Ghee, in the quarterfinals, and hammered Old Mill's two-time Anne Arundel County champ Rich Sampson, 13-3, in the semifinals. Sampson had beaten Nichols in the county finals a week ago.

"My first match, I wrestled stupid. The second, I had initiative because Sampson thought he was still No. 1," said Nichols, a senior. "My last guy was strong, but my tough schedule was the difference. This is the first tournament I've won on varsity."

Harris needed a five-point roll to secure a 7-2 title bout victory over Dunbar's two-time city champ Dennis Perry (16-3), who was runner-up for the second straight season.

Schroeder, who edged Broadneck's Matt Ormsby, 6-4, for his title, also avenged two earlier losses with a 9-2 semifinal victory over Old Mill's Dave Hicks. Ormsby pinned city champ Corey Rideout to reach the finals.

Haertel, a two-time county champ and two-time state runner-up, failed to get his second straight region title, losing 2-1 to North County's WT Aye (26-4).

"I locked up on him and didn't want to give up any bad shots or make any mistakes. I wanted to let everyone know I'm not a fluke," said Aye, a junior who evened his series with Haertel at 2-2.

No. 6 Old Mill had four champs in two-time county champ Chris Combs (103, 31-1), county champ Gary Serago (135, 23-3), Ben Hines (189) and freshman Erik Hultgren (145).

No. 5 Combs improved on last year's runner-up effort with a 3-0 decision of Annapolis' Dan Hemminger (21-4), who reached the finals after an 11-4 semifinal decision over city champ Thorn Brown of Walbrook.

No. 4 Serago, a region runner-up last year, won an 8-2 decision over Annapolis' Andrew Hemminger (22-6), whom he had beaten in last week's county finals. Serago's semifinal victory was a technical fall over city champ Lloyd Chavious of Patterson.

Hines overcame Meade's Godfrey Garrett (22-6, 17 pins) with a 12-6 decision for the title. He also beat Mervo's city champ Raashan Torian in the semifinals. Hultgren, the ninth seed, wrestled a pigtail bout, scored two upsets, and won, 6-0, in the championship bout over Lamont Dawson of Queen Anne's.

Cicchetti (160, 24-2) and Chad Duncan (171, 28-4) were repeat region champs for Chesapeake, with identical 5-4 decisions. Cicchetti edged Patterson's city champ Leonard Bridgeforth (27-2), and Duncan, a two-time county champ, beat North County's Michawn Yuvienco.

Meade's county runner-up Matt Pandullo (112, 26-5), who placed third last year, scored a 7-5 decision over Crouse, and Severna Park's Mike Stewart (119, 27-4) edged Old Mill's Chris Deadder (18-4), 10-8 in overtime.

Pub Date: 3/02/97

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