Chesapeake answers challenge, turns back Severna Park, 39-18

Late surge powers improving Cougars to upset of No. 14 Falcons


High Schools

January 17, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The point Chesapeake wrestling coach Rex Miller was trying to get across seems to have found a home.

Armed with a tenuous nine-point lead after eight bouts, the Cougars captured four of the final five weight classes to shock No. 14 Severna Park, 39-18, in a tri-meet in Edgewater last night.

Pins from senior Mike Collins at 171 pounds and senior Anthony Stolar at 189 helped Chesapeake, which had earlier walloped host South River, 65-5, slam the door shut on any hopes of a Falcons comeback. For Miller, the effort was a realization of a long process.

"I've been telling the upper weights, `You guys are capable of winning matches for us,' " he said, adding that Collins and Stolar are wrestling 12 and 14 pounds under weight. "They came through for us tonight."

Leading 21-12 after Severna Park's 145-pound sophomore Walker Babington decked freshman Wayne Ambrose, the Cougars - who improved to 4-2 in the county and 5-2 overall - earned an emotional spark from junior Ernie French at 152 pounds.

French avoided a potential tilt in the second quarter and clawed his way back to nip sophomore Rob Turnblacer, 7-5.

Sophomore Chad Laplanche (160) followed with a 12-9 decision over senior Mike Punte, setting the stage for Collins' and Stolar's pins.

"We're going uphill from here," said Stolar, who ended a personal four-match losing streak with the pin and a win by forfeit. "The guys are in high spirits."

Falcons coach Paul Joyce didn't mince words, calling his squad's performance "terrible."

"I think too many of our kids were reading the newspaper and listening to what their fans were saying," Joyce said. "We deserved to lose."

Besides Stolar, French and Laplanche, other double winners for Chesapeake were freshman Corey Bowers (103), senior Rafael Jenkins (112), sophomore Dan Lamartina (125), junior Matt Eveleth (130) and freshman Giuseppe Serio (140).

Severna Park, which routed the host Seahawks, 59-9, in the final match of the evening and is 4-2 in the county and 6-3 overall, boasted double winners in sophomore Shawn Smith (119), senior Socrates Mamalis (130/135), sophomore Walker Babington (145) and senior Garrett Payer (heavyweight).

Senior Matt Grimard (171) was the lone double winner for South River (1-5, 1-6).

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