Private school wrestling preview

December 07, 1997|By Lem Satterfield

Archbishop Curley Friars

1996-97 record: 10-1

Coach: Alan Gebhart

Top wrestlers: Mike Frey, 125, Sr.; Mike Boettcher, 140, Sr.; Pat Curran, 160, Sr.; J.D. Mislak, 189, Sr.; Brad Charvat, Hwt., Sr.; Brian Bricker, 112, Jr.; Paul Boettcher, 135, Jr.; Shawn Calhoun, 145, Jr.; P.J. Kirhagis, 130, Jr.; Matt Charvat, 152, So., Courtney Green, 171, So.; Antoine Lide, 119, Jr.

Outlook: The Friars played host to last weekend's season-opening Catholic tournament, beating perennial power Mount St. Joseph and National Prep champ DeMatha for the first time. Two-time state champ Mike Boettcher and Mislak were champs among the eight returning starters. JV champs Kirhagis and Matt Charvat, and Lide, a junior-league champ, add depth against a non-MIAA schedule, including Sherwood (Class 3A-4A tournament champ), Arundel (Class 3A-4A duals champ), Lackey (Class 1A-2A duals and tournament champ), Hammond and Aberdeen.

Boys' Latin Lakers

1996-97 record: 7-3

Coach: Jim Currie

Top wrestlers: Jason Leneau, 160-171, Sr.; Rob Arnold, 135, Jr.; Matt Hartman, 145-152, Jr.; Clayton Bainbridge, 152-162, Jr.; Brandon Carver, Hwt., Jr.; Mitch Owens, 140, Jr.; Flip McKenzie, 130, Jr.; Dan Berger, 135-140, So.; Dan Lamonica, 145, So.

Outlook: All-Metro Leneau (28-5, first in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament), leads a talented corps, including Friskey (22-10, second MIAAs), Arnold (22-7, second) and Carver (24 wins, third). Leneau was a state runner-up, and Arnold was third. "We're missing some key kids due to injuries, but hopefully, they'll mend soon," said Currie.

Calvert Hall Cardinals

1996-97 record: 22-7

Coach: Henry Franklin

Top wrestlers: Rob Johns, 135, Sr.; Chris Hanlon, 119, Sr.; Pat Hunt, 140, Sr..; Mike Light, 152, Sr.; Leonard Monfredo, 160, Sr.; Sean Kelly, 171, Sr.; Mike Spero, 189, Sr.; Chris Knox, 103, Jr.; Tony Russo, 130, Jr.; Luke Maciolek, 125, Jr.; Sean Ireland, 145, Jr.; Kevin King, 112, Fr.

Outlook: The Cardinals, who beat Mount St. Joseph for the first time in school history last week, are loaded. They return state runner-ups Hanlon, Russo, Johns and Light, Monfredo (fifth states) and Ireland (sixth state). Hanlon, Russo and Johns won MIAA titles, Light was MIAA runner-up, and Monfredo, third. Ireland and Kelly each won nearly 30 bouts last season, and Knox, a Dulaney transfer, was Baltimore County champ and a region runner-up (finishing at 27-6).

Friends Quakers

1996-97 record: 5-10

Coach: Tom Lamonica

Top wrestlers: Justin Goldberg, 145-152; Sr.; Joe Johnston, 189, Sr.; Scott Ciesla, 171, Sr.; Mark Spurrier, 119, Sr.; Kenny Thompson, 160, Jr.; Matt Cockey, 125, Jr.

Outlook: Having just 14 wrestlers, Lamonica said: "If we stay healthy, we should be slightly improved."

Gilman Greyhounds

1996-97 record: 9-4

Coach: Mark Harbold

Top wrestlers: Terrence Yoon, 119, Sr.; Mike Machin, 125, Sr.; Stewart Cherry, 135, Sr.; Mike Swann, 160, Sr.; Pat Boyle, 171, Sr.; Thomas Yoon, 103, Jr.; Tim Webb, 145, Jr.; Brian Lewis, 152, Jr.; Damian Davis, 189, Jr.; Franco Gould, 140, So.; Mike Faust, 189, So.; Tyrone Bowie, 112, So., J.D. Nelson, 125, Fr.

Outlook: Led by Davis, a two-time runner-up at MIAAs and states, and Faust, who edged him in an overtime wrestle-off, Gilman could make a statement in the league. But Harbold has to sort out his "much-improved" line-up.

Loyola Dons

1996-97 record: 9-7

Coach: Dennis Frazier

Top wrestlers: Pat Brannan, 189, Sr.; Greg Miller, 145, Sr.; Nick Barrett, 152, Sr.; C.J. Waldron, Hwt., Sr.; Chris Ackerman, 130, Jr.; Bill Rovito, 140, Jr.; Tom Melanson, 171-189, Jr.; Tony DeLauney, 160-171, Jr.; Mike Waldron, 125, Fr.; Danny Natterman, 103, Fr.

Outlook: Another solid MIAA team. Brannan is coming off a third-place finish at MIAAs and an All-Metro football season. Melanson, Barrett and C.J. Waldron, also football players, hope to carry over that momentum. Mike Walbron lost one bout as an eighth-grader.

McDonogh Eagles

1996-97 record: 12-4

Coach: Pete Welsch

Top wrestlers: Will Filbert, 112, Sr.; Pat Jacobs, 125-130, Sr.; Matt Burns, 130-135, Sr.; Cornell Williams, Hwt., Sr.; Joe Rosenbaum, 171, Jr.; Jameel Day, 189-Hwt., Jr.; Andy Seal, 152-160, Jr.; Tony Esposito, 171-189, Jr.; Kevin Sanders, Jr., 135-140.

Outlook: With 10 returning starters among its 30 wrestlers, the Eagles are in the MIAA chase. National Prep champ Filbert (38-0) is a two-time All-Metro, MIAA and state champ.

Mount St. Joseph Gaels

1996-97 record: 13-0

Coach: Brian Murphy

Top wrestlers: Kyle Chiaverini, 140, Sr.; Ron Cooper, 152, Sr.; Mike Schaal, 160, Sr.; Mike McKinney, 189, Sr.; Nick Salmon, 125, Sr.; Steve Serio, 130, Sr.; Marc Fecteau, 112, Jr.; Brian McDermott, 135, Jr.; Ryan Edward, 171, Jr.; Chris Matthai, Hwt., Jr.; Steve Lanciotti, 119, Jr.; Jake Keyes, 145, So.; Ryan Herwig, 103, Fr.

Outlook: The defending MIAA champion Gaels, working under a new coach after Paul Triplett stepped down last spring following 11 successful seasons, were tripped up a week ago at Archbishop Curley. But the Gaels have a lineup that no doubt will rebound behind MIAA champs Chiaverini and Schaal. Schaal is the state's premiere 160-pounder.

St. Paul's Crusaders

1996-97 record: 11-8

Coach: Desi McNelis

Top wrestlers: Keith Helman, 145, Sr.; Ryan Henning, 119, Sr.; Nick Alevrogiannis, Hwt., Jr.; Denny Henderson, 145, Sr.; Rob Loose, 125, So.; Lee Renno, 160, So.

Outlook: With eight returning starters, McNelis builds his hopes around Alevrogiannis (second MIAAs), Helman (fourth MIAAs) and Henderson. Alevrogiannis won the season-opening Catholic Invitational at Archbishop Curley, and Henderson was third.

Pub Date: 12/07/97

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