Weber continues dominance at Overlea

Sparrow's Point sophomore follows last year's title with another stellar effort

High Schools

January 23, 2000|By MIKE FRAINIE | MIKE FRAINIE,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Sparrows Point's Mike Weber knows what it takes to be a wininer. Weber pinned his way through the Overlea Tournament : last year as a freshman, and it seemed be had a hard act to follow last night in this year's Overlea ' tournament.

Hard, yes. Impossible, no. Weber gave up just two points all day en route to winning the 112-pound weight class in yesterday's 16th annual Overlea tournament. Weber finished his night by pinning Overlea's Alfred Clark with just 19 seconds left in the match. Weber had a 12-0 lead at the time.

For his effort, Weber was named the outstanding lightweight of the tournament. Ben Ciffaratti of Broadneck was named the outstanding heavyweight.

"He's a pleasure to coach," says Sparrows Point Bill Weber, who happens to be Mike Weber's father. "He's worked hard all off-season, lifting weights and getting ready. Right now, he's wrestling better than I've ever seen him wrestle."

Weber's only loss came to Chesapeake of Anne Arundel's Matt Eveleth, a state finalist last year, at the Dundaik tournament earlier this year. One of his goals this year is to improve each match.

"I want to do better than last season," says Weber, who finished sixth in thc state last season. "I love to wrestle, and I think I should get better if I work hard." Weber the coach thinks his son is well on the way.

In other matches, host Overlea's Joe Melton squeaked out a close decision over North Harford's Chad Roland, 7-5, at 119 pounds. Melton ran his record to 16-3. The Falcons had another winner when Chauhdry Afzal (19-0) decisioned Broadneck's Jim Melton, 16-9, at 140 pounds. Zaen Sergotick (189) also posted a victory for the host Falcons, at 189 pounds.

At 125 pounds, C.M. Wright's Jake Still handed Broadneck's Rick Bouley his first loss of the year, 4-2. Still ran his record to 20-1.

At 160 pounds, Dan Riggs of Delone Catholic of Hanover, Pa., (21-1) scored on a reversal late in the third period for a 7-6 decision over Perry Hall's Chris Pike (16-2).

Lake Clifton's Charles Faulkner (17-1) lost his first match of the year, dropping an 8-7 decision to Broadneek's Dart Wells (11-8).

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