Chesapeake-AA outpoints Dundalk competition Three Cougars claim tourney championships

December 21, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Chesapeake-Anne Arundel scored 141 points and crowned champions Jeff Eveleth (103, 13-1), Ryan Howard (130, 10-2) and Keith Puller (160, 11-1) to win yesterday's 18-team Dundalk Invitational tournament.

Eveleth, a sophomore, was voted Outstanding Light Weight Wrestler, and Puller, a senior, the Outstanding Upper Weight.

The lone champ for runner-up North County (138 points) was sixth-ranked WT Aye (152, 10-0). No. 1 Jason Leneau (171, 13-0) was the sole winner for No. 11 Boys' Latin (136.5, third).

Puller won the tournament's toughest class, scoring a 12-7 semifinal upset of Kenwood's No. 4 Matt Myrick, a region champ, before securing a 7-6 decision over Eastern Tech's county champ Hector Santana (7-1) on a takedown with 10 seconds left. Santana pinned C. Milton Wright's No. 5 John Thornton in the semifinals.

"I was confident against him. I knew how to wrestle him. I knew I just had to wait for the right time," said Puller, who is 3-0 against Santana with all of his wins by one point. Puller's only loss came by 8-5 to No. 6 David Young of McDonogh-Charles County.

Eveleth outworked taller Rob Holbrook (10-2) in a 7-2 win. A second-year wrestler, Holbrook's only previous loss was to Towson's No. 5 John Narlis. Holbrook beat last year's Dundalk champ Paul Boniface (Harford Tech) in the semifinals.

Howard, a defending county champ, had two first-period pins and two second-period pins. He finished Parkville's Tim Myers (7-1) in 3: 26 for the title.

Aye pinned in 1: 28, 1: 05 and 45 seconds before decking Parkville's Gary Burkhardt (7-1) in 4: 44. Aye was a region champ and county runner-up last year, and had finished first and second, respectively, in the past two Dundalk tournaments.

Boys' Latin, which had a third-place finish from Flip McKenzie (130), needed a pin from 235-pound Brandon Carver (heavyweight, 11-3) to take first place in the team standings, but Carver lost a 15-13 battle to Southwestern's 265-pound sophomore Frederick France (7-0).

Leneau grinded out a 10-3 decision of Chesapeake's Melvin Guthrie (9-3). A state champ and National Prep runner-up, Leneau this year has beaten DeMatha's No. 2 state champ Wes Cummings, and Overlea's No. 4 state runner-up Terry Lawson, and could meet Patterson's No. 3 Leonard Bridgeforth later on.

Fourth-place Eastern Tech (103.5), the defending Baltimore County champ, crowned No. 4 Demetrios Gourgoulianis (125, 7-0) and Wes Woodard (145, 8-0). A county and region champ who was third at states last year, Gourgoulianis had two pins and a technical fall, and Woodard won his semifinal, 12-3 over Northern's city champ Victor Ghee, and bounced City's Davon Fowler, 12-6.

For sixth-place Parkville, county runner-up David Heath (135, 8-0) won his second straight Dundalk tournament, 4-1 over Northern's city champ Corey Rideout (135, 11-2), who entered with 10 pins and a technical fall. Heath beat Gourgoulianis, 3-0, at last year's tourney.

Dundalk (eighth) had county and region champ Rich Reesey (119, 12-0), a state-runner-up who is ranked No. 5 in the state, winning 12-6 over Boys' Latin's MIAA runner-up Henry Friskey.

The tournament's winner for the third straight time, Reesey led 12-0 entering the final period, including 10 near-fall points, but had to fight off Friskey's cradle for the bout's final 1: 30 and was on his back when time expired.

"I've been pinned twice in eight years, never in high school," Reesey said. "His cradle got so tight, only my elbow held me up."

For Northern (ninth), Obin Robinson (112, 9-3), a third-place regional finisher, scored 12 near-fall points in a 19-3 technical fall over C. Milton Wright's Jake Still. A sixth seed, Robinson was a surprise finalist.

Kenwood's No. 4 Bryant Mallory (189, 9-0) pinned three opponents before winning 3-2 over North County's Michawn Yuvienco (8-1), the tournament's runner-up for the third straight year.

Dunbar's two-time city champ and two-time region runner-up Dennis Perry (140, 10-0) had a pin, a technical fall and a major decision before his 2-1 title bout win over Boys' Latin's MIAA runner-up Rob Arnold (11-3).

Pub Date: 12/21/97

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