Old Mill storms back for 45-17 victory

Chesapeake starts strong, then finds itself pinned

Wrestling

High Schools

January 05, 2000|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Old Mill's answer to a fast Chesapeake start was a pin-filled effort from the middleweights and beyond, sending the No. 4-ranked Patriots to a comfortable, 45-17 win over the No. 13 Cougars in Millersville yesterday.

Trailing 13-0 after three bouts, the Patriots (3-0) won nine of the last 10 -- six coming by pins.

Brandon Evans started Old Mill's pinning ways when he caught Alex Necessary in the second period of the 125-pound class to cut the Cougars' lead to 13-9.

Adam DeCosmo (135) followed with a pin of James Schultz to give the Patriots their first lead at 15-13, and they didn't look back, clinching on Erik Hultgren's methodical, 4-1 decision over Casey Meeks at 160 for an insurmountable 33-13 lead.

Dave Hicks (145), Dan Connelly (152), Antoine Cooksey (171) and heavyweight Dave Kim also had pins for the Patriots.

"We got some great leadership from DeCosmo and Hicks. They provided us with a couple of the pins to bring us back," said Old Mill coach Vern Hines. "We're real comfortable with what we have up high and DeCosmo and Hicks give us the stability in the middle."

"I'm very happy with what we did out here tonight. [Chesapeake] is definitely one of the top teams in the county and they have some young kids that impressed me."

The featured bout -- coming after the Patriots had clinched -- was at 171, where Chesapeake's John Mosca moved up a class to test Cooksey, who passed with a pin in the middle of the third period.

Nick Liston helped the Patriots' cause at 140, getting an overtime escape against Ernie French to earn a 4-3 decision.

The Cougars (1-2) predictably started strong, with freshman Steve Yaruta edging Josh Baynham, 6-4, at 103 and the Eveleth brothers -- state runner-up Matt and state champion Jeff -- getting wins to push the lead to 13-0.

But Chesapeake wouldn't earn points again until Melvin Guthrie scored a 16-3 major decision over Adam Drayton at 189.

The week gets even tougher for the Patriots on Friday when they gp up against talented Broadneck.

"They have depth and we have depth. It should be a nice matchup," said Hines.

No. 6 River Hill 37, No. 10 Atholton 22: The Hawks (6-0 overall, 3-0 league) won two of the first three matches by close decisions and went on to victory over their Howard County rival.

Jason Fawcett's 7-3 decision over Mark Carbone at 171 clinched the win for River Hill.

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