All-Metro wrestling team

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March 27, 2000|By Lem Satterfield

Wrestler of the Year

Brandon Lauer,

River Hill

Lauer's 111-0 career record made the three-time county, region and state champ only the state's third wrestler to go unbeaten over a career that lasted three or more seasons.

The technically flawless 125-pounder with relentless intensity and no signature move also became a three-time All-Metro pick and The Sun's Wrestler of the Year for the second straight season.

Lauer's 39-0 record this season was comprised of 26 pins, eight technical falls, four major decisions and a decision. This season, Lauer major-decisioned 130-pound state champ Adam DeCosmo (Old Mill), state runner-up Bryan Radik (Atholton), tech-falled state runner-up Stan Wagner (Franklin) and Severna Park's county champ Dan Fitzgerald (third at states) and pinned county champ Jim Starkey (North Hagerstown).

Lauer was on his back for only the second time in his career during an 8-5 win over Wagner -- his closest win -- after being up, 8-0, with 11 seconds left. Lauer had two pins and two technical falls at states, the latter two over Fitzgerald and Wagner.

A 3.7-GPA student, Lauer is bound for West Virginia on a wrestling scholarship.

"Brandon is the complete package, a young man with a strong desire to excel in every aspect of his life," said West Virginia coach Craig Turnbull. "We believe he has the potential to be an NCAA champion at some point in his career."

Lauer also has been invited to train with the U.S. Olympic team for one-week periods in April and June. Lauer's 10 varsity letters include seasons in soccer, wrestling, cross country and track.

Coach of the Year

Tom Slichter,

Chesapeake-AA

This was a fun 15th season and, possibly, the final one for Slichter, who led the Cougars to his first 4A-3A tournament championship and the second overall for Chesapeake-Anne Arundel's program.

Slichter coached the entire season while walking with a limp and supported by a cane, adding that whether or not he returns for a 16th season "depends on how my hip replacement surgery goes" in April.

Slichter dyed his hair blonde like his wrestlers, who, on their coach's 43rd birthday, captured Slichter's 100th career dual-meet victory with a triumph over Severna Park.

Slichter dubbed wrestlers Steve Yaruta (103), Matt and Jeff Eveleth (119), John Mosca (160) and Melvin Guthrie (189) "The Fab Five."

The "Fab Five" all reached the finals in tournaments at Chopticon and Aberdeen, and all five won region titles.

The Eveleth brothers and Guthrie won state crowns, with Mosca and Yaruta finishing sixth. Slichter, who guided his assistant coach Brian Eveleth to a state crown in 1991, became the first to coach three brothers to state championships.

Slichter's Cougars pinned 36 opponents to win the Aberdeen Tournament for only the second time in his tenure.

Slichter credited the "tremendous support of parents, faculty and the students throughout the season."

Eight varsity lettermen are expected to return to the Chesapeake program next season. All of them are sophomores or juniors

Adam DeCosmo,

Old Mill

The 130-pound junior won the Anne Arundel County championship and also claimed regional and Class 4A-3A tournament crowns en route to a 35-2 record after finishing second in all three meets as a sophomore.

DeCosmo has 92 career wins so far and is on a pace to eclipse Chris Combs' school record of 120 career victories.

He edged Westlake's state runner-up Jason Peters (34-2), 11-9, for his state title after having defeated Peters in overtime for the Lackey Tournament title.

The technically sound DeCosmo also had wins over South Carroll's Dan Patterson, who twice placed third at 4A-3A states, and Hammond's 140-pound Howard County champ Rob Osborn.

Trent Dixon,

Eastern Tech

The 103-pound sophomore won his final 14 bouts while compiling a 32-2 record that included Baltimore County, region and 4A-3A tournament titles.

Dixon handed Paint Branch's Antonio Williams (35-1) his only loss in the state championship finals.

The Maverick also had wins over Class 2A-1A state runner-up Ryan Jackson of Perryville, Lansdowne's Shawn Sims (a third-place finisher at states) and C. Milton Wright's Will Hopson (also third in the state meet).

Dixon placed first at the Fallston and Edgewood tournaments and was runner-up at Dundalk. He twice avenged one of his two overtime losses.

Jeff Eveleth,

Chesapeake-AA

The 119-pound senior's 34-0 record included his second straight Anne Arundel County, regional and Class 4A-3A state titles.

A relentless, attacking wrestler, Eveleth defeated River Hill's Howard County and region champ Ryan Green in the state semifinals, and Franklin's state champ Matt Schuster in the finals.

Eveleth, Anne Arundel County's Wrestler of the Year, won tournament crowns at Chopticon, Aberdeen and Dundalk and had an overtime win over Atholton's 125-pound state runner-up Bryan Radik.

Eveleth, who wound up with 94 career wins, is bound for the University of Pennsylvania, where brother Brian was an All-American.

Darian Kess,

Archbishop Curley

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