Old Mill's depth could swamp rest of county field

Chesapeake's big four, Arundel, Broadneck poised for challenge


February 18, 2000|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Chesapeake, Arundel and host Broadneck all have something to offer at the two-day Anne Arundel County Wrestling Tournament set to start this afternoon.

The Cougars have the studs, while the Wildcats and Bruins bring solid lineups from top to bottom.

The Old Mill Patriots, winners of the last two county tournaments and 11 overall, have both.

With five top seeds and unmatched depth, the Patriots -- fresh off last week's Class 3A-4A dual-meet state championship -- are the clear favorites to repeat.

The tournament is set to start at 4 p.m. today and the opening night will continue through to the semifinals with action resuming tomorrow morning at 10.

Can anyone challenge Old Mill?

"They're the team to beat," said Chesapeake coach Tom Slichter, whose Cougars have five top seeds. "Old Mill also has five top seeds and they have more depth. That was proven in the dual-meet tournament last weekend when, even with some of their guys out, they had the depth to still be the best team in the state. That says volumes."

While all the Patriots top seeds -- led by returning county champs Antoine Cooksey and Dave Hicks -- are expected to score major points, the rest also will be doing their share. A sample of the Patriots balance is in the 103-pound class where Josh Baynham, seeded sixth with a 15-7 mark, has a win over top-seeded Steve Yaruta of Chesapeake.

"This is an unusual team in that only so often do you have every weight class where everyone is competent," said Old Mill coach Vern Hines. "We're asking them to get to their seed and beyond and that goes for the regional and states after."

Chesapeake also has something special working with a top four not even Old Mill can match.

The Eveleth brothers -- returnig county champ Matt (112) and state champ Jeff (119) -- are both 24-0; Melvin Guthrie is 23-0 at 189 and John Mosca is 25-1 at 160. That's 96 wins to just one loss.

"I've never had a gang of four like this," Slichter said. "They all work real hard and everyone on the team expects it from these guys. They've pulled the rest of the team up and it's made my job easier and the season enjoyable."

Old Mill ran away with last year's title, outpointing runner-up Arundel by a 209-137.5 margin. Broadneck took third with 126 points.

Mike Money, seeded first with a 21-3 mark at 135, will lead Arundel with Ricky Boulay, the top seed at 125 with a 23-1 mark, the catalyst for the Bruins.

The most competitive weight class will likely be 160 where Mosca will be challenged by Severna Park's Matt Negrete, Old Mill's Erik Hultgren, Meade Brysom McKenzie and Broadneck's Reid Bloomfield.

There's also a deep 112-pound class under Matt Eveleth with South River's Steve Darr and North County's Brian Coe capable.

Top seeds

Top seeds at this weekend's Anne Arundel County Wrestling Championships (Today and tomorrow at Broadneck High)

Class Name School Year Record

103 Steve Yaruta Chesapeake Freshman 21-5

112 Matt Eveleth Chesapeake Sophomore 24-0

119 Jeff Eveleth Chesapeake Senior 24-0

125 Ricky Boulay Broadneck Senior 23-1

130 Adam DeCosmo Old Mill Junior 27-2

135 Mike Money Arundel Senior 21-3

140 Nick Liston Old Mill Junior 18-5

145 Dave Hicks Old Mill Senior 19-3

152 Kyle Ogan South River Senior 22-4

160 John Mosca Chesapeake Senior 25-1

171 Antoine Cooksey Old Mill Senior 25-2

189 Melvin Guthrie Chesapeake Senior 23-0

Hwt Dave Kim Old Mill Senior 21-1

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