Chesapeake reigns with 3 champions

All 5 qualifiers place, as Cougars outdistance Old Mill and Damascus

4A-3A state wrestling

March 05, 2000|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Chesapeake-Anne Arundel's "Fab Five" came alive yesterday at Western Maryland College, getting 4A-3A state titles from Matt (112) and Jeff Eveleth (119) and Melvin Guthrie (189).

Steve Yaruta (103) and John Mosca (160) were sixth, as the Cougars (96 points) placed all five of their qualifying wrestlers to finish ahead of Old Mill and Damascus, who were tied with 69 points.

Jeff Eveleth (33-0), a senior, won his second state title, 7-1, over Franklin's Matt Schuster, winner of a state title at 103 pounds last season. Matt (33-0), a junior, required a takedown with 19 seconds left to dethrone Magruder's Mark Heincleman (38-1) by 4-3. Heincleman defeated Matt for last year's title.

"It's unbelievable, and I'm really shocked at how we wrestled. Five people, and Old Mill had nine," Jeff Eveleth said. "I went out to wrestle the best match, didn't hold anything back. It's a great way to end my career."

Matt took the action to Heincleman, backing him up most of the match. Tied at 2 with 28 seconds left, Heincleman was awarded a point for unsportsmanlike conduct by Eveleth and led 3-2.

"They said I was poking him in the eye, but I was setting it him up, which is part of wrestling," said Matt Eveleth. "I didn't care what he did, I just did what I do. I went hard the full six minutes."

Although bothered by a torn groin muscle, Guthrie (32-1) scored two pins and a 5-4 decision over Eastern Tech's Dave Wooden to reach the finals. In the finals, Guthrie's escape and takedown, the latter with nine seconds left, overcame a 4-2 deficit for a 5-4 victory over Whitman's previously unbeaten Aaron Yoches (30-1).

"I was hurting because he was stretching me pretty good, but I was able to get some space to work," said Guthrie, who had to take nearly two minutes of injury time after being bounced on his head during the second period. "I just waited for the opportunity. All this sacrifice of my mind and body, it's paid off."

Chesapeake's victory was Anne Arundel County's state-leading 13th team championship at the state tournament -- the first for 15th-year coach Tom Slichter. Old Mill has won six state titles, followed by Northeast and Arundel, with two each, and one by Broadneck.

Slichter, 43, ends the season with 104 career wins, and becames the first to coach three brothers to titles. Assistant Brian Eveleth, 26, who wrestled at the University of Pennsylvania, won a state title under Slichter in 1991. It is the first time three brothers have won titles.

Slichter walked with a cane yesterday, adding, "Whether or not I come back next year depends on how my hip replacement surgery goes in April."

River Hill's Brandon Lauer (125) improved to 111-0 for his career with a 17-2 technical over Franklin's Stan Wagner, becoming the state's fourth wrestler to go unbeaten in high school.

Lauer (26 pins) beat Wagner, 8-5, a week ago for the regional title, but not before being put on his back for only the second time in his high school career.

River Hill's Jason Fawcett (171) was third after a late reversal earned a 4-3 victory -- his third over Old Mill's Antoine Cooksey. River Hill's Ryan Green (119) was fourth.

Old Mill's Adam DeCosmo (130) edged Westlake's Jason Peters, 11-9, handing the Charles County wrestler his second loss in 36 matches. In their earlier title bout of the Lackey Invitational, DeCosmo (34-2) required an overtime takedown to defeat Peters.

Yesterday, he broke an 8-all tie with an escape with 25 seconds left, then countered Peters' shot with 15 seconds left for a takedown and the winning margin.

Runner-up for Old Mill was Dave Hicks (145), who dropped a 3-1 decision to Damascus' T.J. Salb. Antoine Cooksey (171) was fourth.

South Carroll junior Bryan Hamper (140) was the tournament's hottest wrestler, scoring his 21st, 22nd and 23rd pins, and his third technical fall. Hamper, who has six pins and three tech-falls in his last nine bouts, decked Chopticon's Garrett Black in 1: 27.

Northeast's 5-foot-8, 207-pound heavyweight Rodney Jones (19-1) scored four takedowns in a 9-4 title-bout rout of Churchill's 275-pound Warren Kleiban. In his semifinal, Jones fought off his back before edging Frederick's region champ Akil Patterson, 9-8, on a takedown with seven seconds left.

Jones is the 13th state champ for 28th-year coach Al Kohlhafer. But were it not for the 215-pound weight class, which is not officially recognized by the state association, Jones might not have earned enough points to qualify for states.

Eastern Tech's Trent Dixon (103) overcame an early 2-0 deficit with his 6-3 victory over Paint Branch's previously unbeaten Antonio Williams (35-1).

Franklin, last year's 1A-2A champ, placed runners-up Schuster, Wagner and Luke Mays (152).

Schuster reached the finals with a 4-3 win over Gaithersburg's Mark Anderson, avenging a loss by pin of a year ago when Anderson was runner-up to Eveleth.

Luke lost his title bout, 8-1, to Sherwood's three-time champ, Frank Edwards.

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