Area teams struggle in Delaware tournament Calvert Hall's Johns is top local finisher


December 21, 1997|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

DeMatha, coached by Elkridge resident Dick Messier, finished 12th, No. 3 Calvert Hall 20th, No. 1 Hammond 30th and No. 9 McDonogh 32nd in yesterday's 35-team Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Classic at the University of Delaware.

Blair Academy, the mythical national champion the past two seasons, won the event, tabbed "The Beast of the East," that featured nine teams that were ranked No. 1 in their respective states.

The highest local finishers were Calvert Hall's No. 1 Rob Johns (135, fifth) and McDonogh's No. 1-ranked Will Filbert (112, sixth), a two-time state champ and last year's National Prep champ. Johns and Filbert reached the semifinals before losing.

Calvert Hall's No. 5 Tony Russo (130, seventh), Hammond's Vaymond Dennis (112, seventh) and McDonogh's Joe Rosenbaum (171, eighth) also placed among the top eight in their weight classes.

DeMatha's No. 2 Drew Robertson (140) was a runner-up to Blair Academy's Marat Tomaev, losing, 7-6, to the nation's No. 1 wrestler. DeMatha's No. 2 Willie Harris (119) and No. 2 Wes Cummings (171) each were third.

"It's a fantastic tournament, considered the No. 1 tournament in the country," said Calvert Hall coach Henry Franklin. "There were over 40 NCAA Division I schools recruiting and watching kids. Placing here means as much or more than winning a Maryland state title or placing at National Preps."

Calvert Hall won both of the only head-to-head matchups against Hammond, as Sean Ireland (140) and Austin Appler (215) pinned each of the Hammond wrestlers they met.

In other tournament action, Spalding was second in the 12-team Sidwell Friends affair. Tom Hartka (112), Andre Hussey (135), John Sietz (140) and Jason Heffernan (171) won titles, Nick Dacheux (119) and Frank Bryor (130) placed second, and Frank Bugg (152) took third.

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 the 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).

Pub Date: 12/21/97

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