Mosca pins his way to title, leads Chesapeake

Bel Air takes second in Aberdeen tournament

January 09, 2000|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

John Mosca pinned all six of his opponents for a 160-pound title that keyed 11th-ranked Chesapeake's 257.5-to-235.5 victory over unranked runner-up Bel Air in yesterday's 13th annual Aberdeen Invitational Tournament.

Mosca (16-1) was joined by teammates Ernie French (140), Melvin Guthrie (189) and the Eveleth brothers, state runner-up Matt (112) and state champ Jeff (125), who won at Aberdeen for the first and second times, respectively, to improve to 15-0.

The Cougars showed more depth than in previous events, with runners-up Mike Schlicter (152), and with third-place efforts from the Necessary brothers, Adam (125) and Alex (130), and Jason Shehane (145).

"Atholton and Bel Air have a lot of balance, so with the other guys stepping up for us, that was really nice," said Mosca, who owns a victory over North Hagerstown state champ, Seth Staley.

Matt Eveleth pinned Atholton's Wesley Lipple in 3: 58, and Jeff's overtime takedown for an 8-6 victory dropped Atholton's Bryan Radik -- who was fourth at states last season -- to 12-2.

"I knew he was tough, but my offense is my defense, so I kept shooting takedowns," said Jeff Eveleth.

Guthrie (15-0) built a 7-1 lead in an eventual 9-7 victory over Atholton's Brian Mullinix (12-1, eight pins) in a battle of unbeaten wrestlers, and French (13-4) dropped Aberdeen's county runner-up, Tom Guerrera to a 14-2 record with his 5-4 decision.

Bel Air crowned Mike O'Malley (Hwt.), Nick Hynes (152) and Jon Wainwright (171), the latter of whom improved to 17-1 with a 3-1 win over Shane Farmer (11-3) of Aberdeen.

But what helped the Bobcats edged 10th-ranked Atholton (232.5, third) were third-place finishes from Ryan Stephenson (103), Chris Callas (112), David Lazzaro (125), Larry Burley (135), Mehran Mirijafary (140) and Brian Cubbage (189).

Atholton' five champs were Doug Ramsey (103), Mike Shoemaker (119), Jason Hanfman (130), Robbie Allen (135) and Adam Roth (145), with Mark Carbone (171) and Joe Levin (Hwt.) finishing third.

Hanfman trailed, 4-2, with 1: 13 to go when he stuck Aberdeen's previously unbeaten Harford County champ, Randall Overstreet (15-1), with a split-cradle. It was Hanfman's fifth fall of the tournament.

Ramsey and Allen each improved to 12-1. Ramsey used his third takedown for a 9-7 overtime victory over Chesapeake's Steve Yaruta (13-4). Shoemaker beat Bel Air's Nick Franchetti, 8-7, and Roth (13-0, nine pins) scored five takedowns in a 10-5 win over Bel Air's Erik Purpura.

Aberdeen's Jason Reachard (152), and John Carroll's Brandon Hooper (160) also were third.

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