1999-2000 All-Howard County wrestling

March 08, 2000|By RICK BELZ

Wrestler of the Year

Brandon Lauer, River Hill: Lauer became just the fourth wrestler in Maryland history to complete an undefeated career, going 39-0 this season to complete a 111-0 career. The 5-foot-4 senior also won his third straight state championship, becoming only the second Howard County wrestler to accomplish that feat, and 16th in Maryland. His 125-pound title match was a 17-2 tech fall over Franklin's Stan Wagner, whom he defeated three times this season. All but one of Lauer's wins this season were by pin, tech fall or forfeit. Lauer, a self-described perfectionist who works out five to six hours per day, is ranked No. 3 in the country by USA Wrestling. This is his third county Wrestler of the Year selection. An excellent student with a 3.7 GPA, he'll attend West Virginia on an athletic scholarship, with an eye on wrestling in the Olympics one day.

Coaches of the Year

Earl Lauer, Scott Dauberman, River Hill: The two shared the coaching duties. Dauberman, the former head coach at Sherwood, now retired from teaching, worked with the wrestlers on the mats in the practice room; Lauer, a former Atholton coach and now physical education teacher at River Hill, handled the scheduling, scouting and paperwork. The two started the wrestling program at River Hill four years ago, and also began a youth league program eight years ago that has helped to rejuvenate county high school wrestling. River Hill won its first county and region dual-meet titles and first county and region tournament titles this season. The Hawks missed winning the state Class 4A-3A dual-meet title by two points to Old Mill. River Hill compiled a 17-1 dual-meet record.

The first team

Kevin Chrapaty, Hammond: One of five county champions from Hammond, the senior defeated River Hill's outstanding freshman, Mike Lignelli, 19-7, to win his first county title at 160 pounds. Chrapaty (25-14) beat Lignelli by one point during a dual meet. Another highlight was a sixth-place finish at the high-powered Hammond tournament. He overcame shoulder surgery during the off-season. He's a National Honor Society member.

Jimmy DiPietro, Wilde Lake: A four-year varsity wrestler, DiPietro won the 152-pound county title with a major decision, 11-3, over River Hill's Justin Clark, avenging a one-point loss to Clark last year. A strong wrestler who was a leading tackler for the Wildecats football team, DiPietro (25-5) had 13 pins.

Jason Fawcett, River Hill: A tenacious wrestler with a big heart who was never pinned this season, Fawcett (35-3) won the 171-pound county title by defeating Atholton's Mark Carbone, 7-0. The two-time county champ also won titles in the Delmarva Classic and in the Big M Tournament at Magruder. He defeated Old Mill's heralded Antoine Cooksey three times, including once for the Class 4A-3A regional title. The senior barely missed a state title, losing 5-3 in overtime in the semifinals to eventual state champ Adrian Belcarris of Oxon Hill.

Jason Freiert, Hammond: The two-time county champ won this year's 112-pound county title by defeating River Hill's Danny Allen in a major decision, 15-5. Freiert, a senior who is strong on his feet and has an excellent bottom roll, was a regional runner-up and finished fourth in the Class 2A-1A state meet, the highest finish by a Hammond wrestler. Freiert (34-10) also finished third in the Lackey tournament and fourth in the Western Branch tournament.

Ryan Green, River Hill: Green won his second county title by defeating Matt Ennis of Wilde Lake by major decision, 10-1, after pinning his way to the finals. The sophomore, who excels at bars and tilts, bounced back from a disappointing regional meet to finish fourth in the state Class 4A-3A meet. Green (32-5) won the Delmarva Classic and finished second in the Arundel and Big M tournaments. His highlight was a victory over defending state champ Matt Schuster of Franklin, who was state runner-up this season.

Joe Killo, Hammond: The junior dropped down from 140 pounds to upset River Hill's Mike Romano to win the 135-pound county title, 7-6. He went on to capture the Class 2A-1A regional title, defeating Atholton's Robbie Allen, 13-8. Killo (26-20) showed his conditioning by wrestling hard for six full minutes every time. He is strong on his feet. He finished fifth in the Lackey and Hammond tournaments.

Ryan Mackin, Hammond: Ten days after having two operations on his jaw, the hard-nosed junior won his first county title by defeating River Hill's Michael Dauberman in a major decision, 17-9. For the 130-pound regional title, he defeated Paul Nguyen of Oakland Mills by major decision, 20-8. Mackin (34-5) suffered an early-round upset in the state meet, despite having previously defeated both this year's 4A-3A state champ, Adam DeCosmo of Old Mill, and this year's 2A-1A state champ, Jacob Kirwan of Kent.

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