Kessler shines again in beating two champs Mount St. Joe's Dyer pulls upset

Lignelli avenges loss

Senior All-Star Classic

March 12, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Owings Mills' 152-pounder Steve Kessler blanked National Prep champ Billy Phillips of DeMatha, 3-0, and downed Linganore's 3A-4A state champ Ryan Green, 11-2, before a thrilled crowd and several television news cameras in last night's Senior All-Star Classic at Johns Hopkins University.

After a scoreless first period with Philips, Kessler, who earned the Outstanding Wrestler Award, followed his early escape with a swift takedown for the difference and rode out Phillips the remainder of the bout. Kessler then controlled Green with leg rides for four near-fall points, and countered him for three takedowns.

"Nothing was really working for me in the first match. I was cold, and hadn't really gotten warmed up," said Kessler, who is the state's second four-time state champ -- the first to go unbeaten at 148-0.

"The second kid [Green] really came after me," Kessler said. "I was able to work the legs and everything much better."

Green proved it, winning, 7-6, over Phillips, who signed in November with James Madison on a wrestling scholarship.

"I watched Kessler at states last weekend, and I wanted to come out and cause some flurries to neutralize his speed," said Green. "But every time I reached for his head, he was in on my legs. He's quick."

Mount St. Joseph state champ Ben Dyer, trailing, 4-2, stunned Sherwood's two-time 3A-4A state champion Graham Manley with a pin in 2: 38. Dyer had lost, 3-1, earlier to Milford Mill's two-time 1A-2A champ Greg Forbes, who lost, 6-2, to Manley.

"I hit a Peterson on him [Manley], which I do every day in the practice room, but never in a match," said Dyer, who weighs 278 to Manley's 215.

Glenelg's two-time 1A-2A champ Jeremy Lignelli (160), ranked No. 3, showed the benefits of practicing with Kessler last week. Lignelli avenged his only loss of the year, 4-3, over Curley's National Preps champ Sal Aquia, and bounced 3A-4A champ Bo Harper of Frederick, 9-3.

Sparrows' Point's two-time state champ Tommy Free (125) blanked Spalding's Jimmy Foster, 5-0, and scored six near-fall points to hammer Northern's 3A-4A runner-up Eric Miller, 12-4. Owings Mills two-time state runner-up Ari Dolid (135) edged Mount St. Joseph's MIAA champ Erik Schafer, 9-5, and beat C. Milton Wright's 3A-4A runner-up Mike Reilly, 5-1.

Mount St. Joseph Brett Gendron, who regularly goes at 112, dropped to 103 and pinned both Oxon Hill's Cesar Penaflor of the 3A-4A and North Caroline's Orlando Cano.

3A-4A 36, Privates, 22: 103 -- Brett Gendron (MSJ) p. Caesar Penaflor (OX), 4: 34. 112 -- Jason Gabrielson (NOR) p. Tony Diem (CUR), 4: 45. 119 -- Brandon York (DAM) p. Phil Gouel (CHL), 1: 55. 125--Eric Miller (NOR) d. Jimmy Foster (SPAL), 7-2. 130--Dustin Bane (FRD) d. Joe Smith (MCD), 3-1. 135-- Erik Schafer (MSJ) d. Mike Reilly (CMW), 5-1. 140-- Danny Mattson (MSJ) d. Darren Black (DUG), 5-3. 145--Shane Hildebrande (FRD) p. Kevin Swingler (BUL), 3: 06. 152--Ryan Green (LIN) d. Billy Phillips (DEM), 7-6. 160--Sal Aquia (CUR) mj. Bo Harper (FRD), 15-7. 171--Loren Morgan (SV) d. Josh White (STM), 6-4, OT. 189--Ryan Hoffman (TJ) p. Chris Edwards (DEM), 2: 00. Hwt-- Ben Dyer (MSJ) p. Graham Manley (SHE), 2: 38.

1A-2A 42, Privates 6: 103--Brett Gendron (MSJ) p. Orlando Cano (NC), 5: 19. 112--Luke Garvin (RS) d. Tony Diem (CUR), 6-2. 119--Rodney Stine (MAR) p. Phil Goel (CHL), 1: 06. 125--Tommy Free (SPP) d. Jimmy Foster (SPL), 5-0. 130-- Mike Young (SPP) d. Joe Smith (MCD), 6-4, OT. 135---Ari Dolid (OWM) d. Erik Schafer (MSJ), 9-5. 140--Scott Munsey (WHE) d. Danny Mattson (MSJ), 7-1. 145--Tyrone Eaton (NE) p. Kevin Swingler (BUL), 2: 27. 152--Steve Kessler (OM) d. Billy Phillips (DEM), 3-0. 160--Jeremy Lignelli (GLE) d. Sal Aquia (CUR), 4-3. 171--Premielle Pettway (CEN) d. Josh White (STM), 15-13.-- 189-- Jimi Massey (WMP) d. Chris Edwards (DEM), 8-4. Hwt-- Greg Forbes (MM) d. Ben Dyer (MSJ), 3-1.

1A-2A 28, 3A-4A 17: 103--Orlando Cano (NC) mj. Caesar Penaflor (OX), 9-0. 112--Jason Gabrielson (NOR) mj. Luke Garvin (RS), 15-6. 119--Brandon York (DAM) mj. Rodney Stine (MAR), 15-2. 125--Tommy Free (SPP) mj. Eric Miller (NOR), 12-4. 130--Dustin Bane (FRD) d. Mike Young (SPP), 2-0. 135--Ari Dolid (OWM) d. Mike Reilly (CMW), 5-1. 140--Scott Munsey (WHE) mj. Darren Black (DUG), 13-0. 145--Shane Hildebrande (FRD) d. Tyrone Eaton (NE), 9-5. 152--Steve Kessler (OWM) mj. Ryan Green (LIN), 11-2. 160--Jeremy Lignelli (GL) d. Bo Harper (FRD), 9-3. 171--Premielle Pettway (CEN) d. Loren Morgan (SV), 11-6. 189--Jimi Massey (WMP) d. Ryan Hoffman (TJ), 7-3. Hwt--Graham Manley (SHE) d. Greg Forbes (MM), 7-2.

Pub Date: 3/12/97

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