For the record, Kessler's 1st loss didn't count Kesmodel unretires

April 10, 1997|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Steve Kessler's bouts in last weekend's National High School wrestling championships at Duquesne University, where the Owings Mills star was runner-up after an 18-6 loss to California's two-time state champ, Joe Calavitta, did not count toward his official career record, an official with the National Federation of State High School Associations said.

"Only in-season, high school matches or events, such as the state tournament, that are within the allowable number of competitions, is counted in our record books," said Bruce Howard, assistant director of the National Federation, who is in charge of sports record keeping.

Kessler became the state's second four-time champion and was the first to go unbeaten for his career at 148-0. He won two bouts at the Maryland Senior All-Star Classic last month, and five bouts at the high school national championships before losing.

Howard said Kessler's career record has him third on the all-time list behind Lance Ellis (177 victories) of Cathedral High in Indiana, and Mike Kendall (153) of Albemarle, N.C.

Kessler, who is close to satisfying the NCAA's freshman eligibility requirements, has received a full scholarship offer from Iowa Central Junior College, a grooming ground for wrestlers who have attended some of the nation's top Division I programs.

Kessler also is considering offers from Lock Haven (Pa.) and Rider universities, as well as from Lassen Junior College, ranked No. 1 nationally.

Georgetown for Oglesby

St. Paul's Sarah Oglesby plans to sign a national letter of intent on Monday to play lacrosse at Georgetown next spring. An All-Metro field hockey player, Oglesby joins three other locals -- Notre Dame Prep's Sheehan Stanwick, Roland Park's Reagan Raneri and Severn's Gussie Habeck -- headed for Georgetown, which is ranked No. 15 nationally this week.

Familiar face

P. J. Kesmodel just doesn't know how to retire.

Two years ago, Kesmodel retired from coaching Mount Hebron's girls lacrosse team after building the Howard County team into one of the state's elite programs and guiding the Vikings to four straight state titles.

Now Kesmodel is walking the sidelines again -- this time at City College.

This isn't the first time Kesmodel has come out of retirement. He coached the Mount Hebron boys team for nine years and, after winning a regional title in 1983, retired the first time.

Both times he gave up the Mount Hebron coaching positions, Kesmodel said he was burned out but that he always expected to coach again. When the chance arose at City, Kesmodel couldn't resist.

"It was an opportunity to help with a new program and a challenge to try to build up a new program," said Kesmodel, still a guidance counselor at Mount Hebron in Ellicott City.

Lakers looking good

Boys' Latin's baseball team is 5-0 and has out-scored its opponents 77-6, yielding six hits and winning every game by the slaughter rule. Sophomore right-hander Alan Waring (1-0), who is hitting .600, has a no-hit, 10-0 victory over Severn.

The entire starting lineup is batting .385 or higher. Matt Thanner (.688), John Reichl (.625), Chris Armiger (.615), Chris Foremant (.571), Ryan Fisher (.500), Nick Allen (.462) and Jeff Berger (.385) lead the way.

Armiger is 2-0 with a team-high 17 strikeouts, and Thanner and Mike Verbos are each 1-0.

Number one

Eastern Tech's girls lacrosse team recorded its first victory Tuesday. The Mavericks, in their first season, defeated Patterson, 17-11.

Freshman Lisa Zanti scored seven goals, and junior Christina Fox had four. Goalie Carrie Oeschler, one of only two Mavericks with lacrosse experience, made 10 saves.

Only one left

Mercy's girls lacrosse team is the only unbeaten team left in the Association of Independent Schools B Division.

The Magic boosted its record to 5-0-1 after Tuesday's 15-3 win over Institute of Notre Dame. Anna Skowronski and Shannon Cohen each scored three goals. The tie came early in the season with John Carroll, an A Division team.

After three straight runner-up finishes in the B Division tournament, the Magic is hoping it can finally reach the top.

Pub Date: 4/10/97

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