1998-99 Baltimore City wrestling previews

December 11, 1998|By Lem Satterfield

Public schools

Carver Bears

1997-98 record: Unavailable

Coach: Kama Owens

Top wrestler: Ahmad Taylor, Jr., 140

Outlook: Look for an intense, focused attack from wrestlers coached by Owens, a state qualifier when he was at Carver.

City Knights

1997-98 record: 6-5

Coach: Bernie Leneau

Top wrestlers: Bryant Craig, Jr., 135-140; Kareem Garrison, Jr., 125

Outlook: Craig was fourth in last season's city tournament. Leneau said his 22 wrestlers "will be taking their lumps early, but they'll be good, later on."

Douglass Ducks

1997-98 record: No team

Coach: Ken Michalak

Top wrestlers: Joseph Tate, Jr., 103-112.

Outlook: Having 12 wrestlers to work with is a plus for Michalak.

Dunbar Poets

1997-98 record: 11-1

Coach: Mike Hendricks

Top wrestlers: Jihad Haward, Sr., 125; DeAndre Hudson, Sr., 171; Perry Satterfield, So., 119; Howard Harris, Jr., 135

Outlook: Dunbar had an excellent season last year and produced the school's city-best, fourth state finalist, graduated Dennis Perry, who also won two regional titles. City champ Hayward, fourth at regions, may be next in line.

Edmondson Redskins

1997-98 record: 3-8

Coach: Eric Woodson

Top wrestlers: Quince Burke, Jr., 119-125

Outlook: Woodson has only 13 wrestlers, but some have junior-league experience. The young talent points toward a strong chance of having a better season than a year ago.

Forest Park Foresters

1997-98 record: Unavailable

Coach: Raymond Smith

Top wrestlers: Donte Ferrell, Sr., 152; Hannan Maihnnon, Sr., Hwt.; Larry Bryant, Jr., 119

Outlook: Maihnnon, Bryant and Ferrell combined for 30 wins and only eight losses last winter. Look for an even better effort from each.

Lake Clifton Lakers

1997-98 record: 5-4

Coach: Larry Brown

Top wrestlers: Williams Hopson, Jr., 112; Gary Barclay, Jr., 135; Charles Faulkner, Jr., 171

Outlook: Faulkner was first in the city tournament, Barclay was third, and Hopson fourth, though each was in his first year of organized wrestling last season. Faulkner and Barclay each qualified for regions.

Mervo Mustangs

1997-98 record: 6-3

Coach: Dwight Warren

Top wrestlers: Tavon Phillips, Sr., 152; Travon Williams, Jr., 112-119; Robert Poole, Jr., 112

Outlook: Phillips won last year's city tournament. With 21 wrestlers, Warren has a full lineup, except at 103 pounds.

Northern Vikings

1997-98 record: 5-5

Coach: Dwight Green

Top wrestlers: Obin Robinson, Sr., 112-119; Victor Ghee, Sr., 145-152

Outlook: The Vikings return two of the city's best in two-time city champ Ghee, and city champ Robinson, who last season pinned Loyola's Danny Natterman, now third in the state.

Patterson Clippers

1997-98 record: 10-4

Coach: Troy Stevenson

Top wrestlers: Jimmy Walker, Sr., 145-152; Kannard Wheeler, Jr., 189; Richard Johnson, Jr., 140-145; Calib Moore, So., 140

Outlook: Johnson is a two-time state qualifier, having last year won city and region crowns. Walker was a city runner-up, Wheeler was third and Moore fourth among the two-time city champion Clippers' six returning starters. Former junior leaguer Paul Eline (103) adds a possible spark at the start for the Clippers.

Poly Engineers

1997-98 record: 7-10

Coach: Kirk Stehman

Top wrestlers: Keith Eure, Sr., 189; Dennis Scott, Sr., Hwt.; Chonan Bell, Sr., 125; Lonnie Williams, Sr., 145; Sean Gallagher, So., 119

Outlook: With five returning city place-winners among his 10 starters, Stehman is optimistic. Scott and Gallagher were city runners-up. Scott was third at regions and fifth at states. Williams was third in the city, and both Bell and Eure were fourth.

Southwestern Sabers

1997-98 record: 8-2

Coach: Fred Bullock

Top wrestlers: Jason Smith, Sr., 145-152; Percel Phillips, Sr., 119-125; Leonard Buchannan, Jr., 152-160; Davon Fowler, Jr., 145-152; Shawn Phillips, So., 103

Outlook: Bullock has been around a long time. And every city coach knows that when he has the bodies in the wrestling room, he can turn even the most inexperienced into above-average or even quality wrestlers. With 33 out this winter, he has bodies and probably a few hidden talents.

Walbrook Warriors

1997-98 record: 2-4

Coach: Wavie Gibson

Top wrestlers: Tyrone Carter, Sr., Hwt.; Darryl Duppins, Jr., 125; Jared Jackson, Jr., 160; Carlos Spencer, Jr., 171; Kevin Hicks, So., 140

Outlook: Gibson -- a former state champ at Mardela -- calls Duppins, a city place-winner and a regional qualifier, "the toughest kid in the room." But he often wrestled Jackson, who he says "can beat me up physically." Look for Gibson to hone his five returning starters into fierce competitors.

Private schools

Archbishop Curley Friars

1997-98 record: 13-1

Coach: Alan Gebhart

Top wrestlers: Paul Boettcher, Sr., 145; Shawn Calhoun, Sr., 140; Pat Curran, Sr., 171; Brian Bricker, Sr., 130; Antwan Lide, Jr., 125; P.J. Kirhagis, Jr., 152; Brian Kirhagis, So., 119; Thomas Boettcher, Fr., 135

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