Leneau, Westminster roll in the honors Three Owls grab titles

team scores 201 points

Damascus Invitational

December 28, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

DAMASCUS -- Boys' Latin's Jason Leneau earned the Outstanding Wrestler Award and improved to 18-0 with a 53-second title bout pin of Oakland Mills' Quinton Milroe for the 171-pound championship at yesterday's 19-team Damascus Invitational. No. 6 Westminster won the team title, 201-162, over the host Hornets.

Westminster titlists included Bobby Biden (119 pounds, 13-1 record), Kyle Burger (130, 12-1) and state champ Dave Spicer (140, 13-1). Tim Sharkey (135) placed second and Jim Reiter (125), Jared Brown (160) and Clint Walker (heavyweight) all finished fourth for Westminster, which entered the tournament tied for 10th with Damascus in the state coaches rankings.

But most of the post-tournament talk centered on Leneau, the state's top-ranked 171-pounder, who this year has beaten DeMatha's state champ Wes Cummings and Overlea's state runner-up Terry Lawson. He also had pins of 10 and 30 seconds to go with an 11-2 rout of Liberty's Mike Saylor before decking Milroe, who is 11-1 with 10 pins.

"I knew nothing about [Milroe], except he was 11-0," said Leneau, a star quarterback who has accepted a lacrosse scholarship from the University of Virginia. "I've wrestled for 12 years -- longer than lacrosse and football. I may wrestle in college, but right now, my focus is lacrosse."

Biden and Spicer had three pins and a major decision each. Biden, a three-time Carroll County and region champ, was motivated by an earlier loss by pin to Calvert Hall's Chris Hanlon.

Biden's semifinal pin of Einstein's Marlin Martin came over a wrestler who had beaten Sherwood's Mike Lee. Biden's title-bout pin of Wheaton's Aaron McCrae was over a wrestler who scored a 4-2 semifinal upset of Damascus' Nick O'Gwin.

"I heard O'Gwin wrestled close with Hanlon [in a 9-5 loss], so I was surprised McCrae beat him," Biden said. "The Hanlon match has me going a lot better from my feet. I feel real strong."

Burger (12-1) edged previously unbeaten Jesse Stank (15-1) of Liberty, 8-4, in his semifinal and had a 4-0 shutout of Damascus' T.J. Salb (9-1) in the championship. Burger's only loss was by 5-2 to Calvert Hall's Tony Russo.

Sharkey (11-3) stunned Damascus' Joey Garvin, 11-7, in his semifinal, but took a 6-5 loss to West Lake's Joey Hinshaw (9-1) in the title match. Hinshaw's only loss was to Frederick's Christian Davis, whom Garvin has beaten.

For No. 15 Oakland Mills (sixth place), Kevin Sutton (125, 11-2) lost, 15-9, in the finals to Einstein's Tim Lowe (13-1). Lowe avenged an earlier 17-2 loss with an 8-2 semifinal upset of Quince Orchard's Aron Dorsey.

For Oakland Mills, Paul Duffy (189) placed second, Jay Frizzelle (heavyweight) third, and Zack Notes (103) fourth. Stank and Saylor were third for ninth-place Liberty, with James Haran (135) finishing fourth.

Third-place Bullis (145.5 points) got championship efforts from John Palmer (145, 13-2), Brian Bunting (152), Daegan Smith (189, 12-3) and Kareem Licorish (heavyweight, 13-1). Palmer edged Williamsport's Joey Burger (9-1), 8-7.

In other bouts, Quince Orchard's top-ranked Bryan Santangelo (103, 13-0) won a battle of unbeatens, 10-7, over Williamsport's Eric Kuczynski (9-1); Damascus' Ryan York (112) scored a 9-3 victory over Wooton's Mike Lin (11-2); and top-ranked Zane Harshman (160, 11-0) of Middletown pinned Jared Myers (8-2) of Williamsport.

Pub Date: 12/28/97

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