No. 1 Curley pounds out another win Friars take seven titles in routing 8-team field at Aberdeen tournament

January 04, 1998|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Thump. Thump. Thump. Thump.

That sound you hear is top-ranked Curley's wrestling team, hammering out yet another victory over a quality area opponent.

Winning titles yesterday at No. 12 Aberdeen's invitational were top-ranked Mike Boettcher (140, 20-0), second-ranked Paul Boettcher (145, 11-1), Brian Bricker (112, 16-1), Antwoine Lide (119, 20-3), Mike Frey (125, 18-2), Shawn Calhoun (135, 18-5) and Brad Charvat (heavyweight) as the Friars totaled 222.5 points in routing the eight-team field. Runner-up Aberdeen had 142 points.

Curley, which earlier had won its own tournament and another at No. 4 Arundel, placed nine wrestlers in the finals to tie the school record as Courtney Green (171) and J.D. Mislak (189) finished second and Shawn Gresdo (103) and Pat Curran (160) third.

Mike Boettcher, a two-time defending state champ, used a 14-1 rout of James M. Bennett's Steve Shedeker (12-3) to win the event for the third straight time after pinning his other two opponents in 47 seconds and 1: 01, respectively. Paul Boettcher pinned twice before downing Aberdeen's John Ishibashi, 17-5.

While Bricker, ranked No. 3, ground out a 6-2 decision over Dulaney's Mike Winters (8-1), Frey, ranked No. 5, iced Towson's Max Agee (11-1) in 51 seconds.

"I felt good, thought I wrestled well -- better than I did the whole tournament," said Frey, who had a major decision and a fall in 3: 55 in two other bouts.

Calhoun scored an 11-0 decision over Harford Tech's Tony Martinelli, winning his second tournament crown of the year. Meanwhile, Lide and Charvat -- who pinned Aberdeen's Gene rTC Burston for the crown -- won their first tournament titles of the year.

Lide, a sophomore who had lost once in two previous junior-league seasons, won in a 14-4 rout of Aberdeen's region champ and county runner-up Randall Overstreet (11-1). Overstreet, previously unbeaten in Maryland this year, was ankle-picked three times for takedowns.

"I'm just getting used to the high school style of wrestling," said Lide, who was second in two previous tournaments and third in another. "I feel better now that I've got the mat experience."

Winning for Aberdeen were No. 3 James Axel (130), Chris Osorio (152) and No. 6 Matt Kunkel (189), all improving to 13-0.

Axel, a state-runner-up last year, won his title bout, 10-4, over Dulaney's Matt Bulloch (11-1), who had edged Anne Arundel County champ Ryan Howard, 8-7, in the semifinal. Osorio had a first-period, title-bout pin -- his eighth of the season -- over James M. Bennett's Jamie Reagan (11-4), and Kunkel pounded Mislak, 10-2.

For Chesapeake (120 points, fourth), Keath Puller (160) ran his record to 16-1 with a 7-2 decision over Towson's Daron Mason (12-3), after earlier pins of 42 seconds and 1: 33. Teammate Melvin Guthrie (171), second and fourth at two earlier tournaments, pinned all three opponents -- two in the first period -- to improve to 13-4.

Towson's fifth-ranked John Narlis (103) pinned two opponents before requiring an escape with 25 seconds left to secure a 1-0 title-bout win over Chesapeake sophomore Jeff Eveleth (14-2). Narlis improved to 12-0.

"He was strong," said Narlis, a junior county runner-up and region champ last year. "But I've practiced too hard to just give up."

Pub Date: 1/04/98

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