Eveleths set stage for Chesapeake-AA

Cougars hold slim lead

River Hill's Lauer wins

State wrestling

High Schools

March 04, 2000|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Chesapeake-Anne Arundel advanced the Eveleth brothers, Matt (112) and Jeff (119), along with Melvin Guthrie (189) into today's semifinals, and held a slim lead, 35-29, over defending 4A-3A champ Damascus of Montgomery County entering the second day of the state tournament at Western Maryland College.

Westlake (27 points) was ahead of fourth-place Franklin (26), last year's 2A-1A champ, which advanced state champ Matt Schuster (119), Stan Wagner (125) and Luke Mays (152). River Hill, tied for fifth with Paint Branch with 25.5 points, advanced Ryan Green (119), Brandon Lauer (125) and Jason Fawcett (171).

Old Mill (25 points, seventh) brought nine wrestlers, but advanced only Adam DeCosmo (130) and Dave Hicks (145) to the semifinals. South Carroll (10th) moved along Dan Patterson and Bryan Hamper (140) into the semifinals.

For Eastern Tech, No. 1-ranked Trent Dixon (103) and Dave Wooden (189) each moved on, and Arundel's Mike Money (135) advanced by defeating Bowie's Prince George's County champ Jonas Bray, 6-5, avenging an earlier 11-1 loss.

Others in today's 4A-3A semifinals are Meade's Matt Harvey (112), Broadneck's Rick Boulay (125), Severna Park's Dan Fitzgerald (125), Kenwood's Jason Laubach (140), South River's Brian King (145), Chris Pike (160), Lake Clifton's Charles Faulkner (171) and Northeast's Rodney Jones (heavyweight).

But while the 3A-4A tournament is shaping up as one of the most exciting in years, it's quite different on the 1A-2A side.

First-place Northern of Garrett (71.5) appears on pace to eclipse the state's points record (152) established by Damascus in 1996, having moved seven wrestlers into the semifinals.

Atholton (37 points, fourth) is the closest local team, having moved Doug Ramsey (103), Bryan Radik (125), Adam Roth (145) and Brian Mullinix (189) into the semifinals. Hammond advanced only Rob Osborn (140) after county and region champ Ryan Mackin (130) was upset in the first round.

Matt Eveleth, a state runner-up last season, is looking to gain a rematch with defending champ Marc Heincleman (Magruder), who beat him for last year's crown. But Matt must first get by Thomas Stone's Jeremy Harpold, who scored a mild upset over Damascus' Chase York.

Jeff Eveleth edged Gaithersburg's Mark Anderson for last year's title, but Anderson -- a semifinals on the other side -- must get by Schuster, whom he pinned last year.

John Mosca (160) of Chesapeake lost for the second time in 34 matches, 9-3, to Damascus' Steve Suhaka (160).

Franklin's Schuster and Luke Mays won tough decisions, and Wagner pinned his way through. But last year's champ, Sam Mays (160), suffered a first-round 6-4 upset loss to Old Mill's Erik Hultgren, who was fourth at regions.

For River Hill, Green scored two decisions and Lauer got his 24th and 25th pins. Lauer to improve to 37-0 this season (109-0 for his career), continuing his quest for a third straight state title and to become the state's fourth wrestler to go unbeaten over his career.

Lauer next faces Severna Park's Dan Fitzgerald, who defeated Lauer's cousin, Blake Roland, in the first round.

Fawcett scored his second win of the season, 3-0, over Old Mills' Antoine Cooksey (171), who has placed fourth at states during each of the past two seasons.

Old Mill's Hicks overcame an 8-1 deficit to pin Harford County champ Erick Purpura with one second left in the second period.

South Carroll's Hamper, who has been fourth at states during each of the past two seasons, scored 11 near-fall points in his 22-6 technical fall rout of state runner-up Scott Linton of Frederick. The two wrestlers split bouts last year, with Linton pinning Hamper in the semifinals.

"I wanted to prove last year was a fluke," said Hamper, who had two pins yesterday.

A Chesapeake victory would give the Cougars their second state title since Ed Gilson coached the program to a crown in 1981. It would be the state-leading 13th crown for Anne Arundel County.

Atholton has one senior wrestler at this year's event. Ramsey, a sophomore, advanced on two decisions. Radik also scored two decisions, and today faces Joppatowne's Doug Smith, guaranteeing the area a finalist in that weight class.

Roth, like Radik, a junior, scored a pin and a major decision, and Mullinix, a pin and a decision for the right to face defending state champ, John Hayhurst of Southern of Garrett.

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