Wildcats put hurt on two county rivals

December 10, 1997|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

One after another, Arundel's top-ranked wrestlers kept on coming and coming last night.

The Wildcats went about their usual business in a tri-match at South River, first making short work of the host Seahawks, 64-3, before knocking off improving Severna Park, 45-16.

The Falcons, coming off their second-place finish behind Arundel in the Meade Tournament over the weekend, went on to defeat South River, 48-9, in the night's last match.

Before the night was through, the Wildcats had 13 pins against their two county foes -- including two each from Shannon Webber (103), Steve Banvard (140), Rob Connolly (160) and heavyweight Anthony Dennis.

"We wrestled a little better than I thought we would," said Arundel coach Buddy Hepfer, who had to do a bit of lineup shuffling. "We were aggressive throughout and kept the pressure on."

The Wildcats were without 125-pounder Brian Schroeder, who broke his hand during the Meade Tournament, but they were still too much for the last night's competition.

Severna Park stayed with them early on, getting a 2-1 decision from Matt Negrete over newcomer Matt Stoy at 135.

The Wildcats took over from there, getting a first-period pin from Graham Harris (145); a major decision from Dan Nucci (152) and another pin from Connolly to pull away.

Severna Park came back strong in the nightcap against South River with Steve McManamay (112), Josh Grady (130), Matt Negrete (135) and John Sargeant ( 189) all closing out the night with two wins.

Grady was particularly impressive with a 20-6 major decision over Arundel's Pat Crouse, followed by a third-period pin over South River's Kyle Ogan.

"His mind-set is totally different. Last year, he was tentative, while this year he's aggressive. It's a big difference," Severna Park coach Ralph Toomey said.

Wins for South River came from John Sanasack, Brian King and Kevin Mueller. The tough going against some of the county's finest didn't have coach Dennis Wick down.

"I still have big feelings about this team. We have a lot to work on, but there was some tough competition out there tonight and we showed a lot of heart," he said.

Pub Date: 12/10/97

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