Private schools team has favorite's role in all-star classic 16th annual event slated tonight at Johns Hopkins

March 10, 1998|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Boys' Latin's top-ranked, three-time MIAA champ Jason Leneau (171), a two-time National Preps runner-up and a two-time state champion, brings a 44-1 record into tonight's 16th annual Senior All-Star Wrestling Classic at Johns Hopkins University.

The University of Virginia-bound Leneau will try to lead the private schools contingent to only its second-ever victory in the event against counterparts from the public school 1A-2A and 3A-4A classifications at the Newton H. White Center. Action starts at 6: 45 p.m.

The 3A-4As lead the series, having won their eighth classic two years ago. They will be led by Bel Air's third-ranked heavyweight state champion Jeremiah Albright (24-0) and Parkville's fourth-ranked state champ David Heath (135, 36-0).

Both wrestlers are the first to go unbeaten for their programs, with Heath also standing as his school's first state champ.

Led by unbeaten, four-time state champ Steve Kessler (148-0) of Owings Mills, last year's 1A-2A squad won the event for the sixth time. This year's version features top-ranked, two-time state champ Jimmy O'Connor (145, Glenelg) and state champ Terry (( Lawson (171, Overlea), whose only loss was by 3-2 against Leneau.

The independents are favored this year, aided by four of the best Mount St. Joseph has to offer in Nick Salmon (125), Kyle Chiaverini (135), Ron Cooper (152) and Mike Schaal (160).

Curley's MIAA champions, Mike Frey (125) and Mike Boettcher (140), a two-time state titlist, also will compete.

Also wrestling for the independents is McDonogh's three-time MIAA and state champ Will Filbert (103), who has been a National Preps champion and runner-up in each of the last two seasons.

MIAA and state champs Chris Hanlon (112, Calvert Hall) and Keith Helman (145, St. Paul's) also will be featured. Helman this year became his school's first private schools champ.

DeMatha's National Preps champ Willie Harris (119), Bullis' state runner-up Daegan Smith (189) and Landon heavyweight Barrett Diefender (third at states) round out a formidable squad for the private schools.

"It's one of our best teams," said Calvert Hall coach Henry Franklin, who is handling this year's private schools team. "We have a chance of winning."

Pub Date: 3/10/98

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