Overlea Tournament simply no match for Kess

Overlea's junior named Outstanding Wrestler


January 21, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Since transferring from Archbishop Curley, where he won two private school state titles, twice was National Preps runner-up, and amassed 433 takedowns, Overlea's Darian Kess has vowed to be even more dominant than he had been.

Judging by his impressive showing at yesterday's Overlea Tournament, the 125-pound junior just might accomplish his goal.

Kess scored two pins before hammering defending 2A-1A state champion Mike Weber of Sparrows Point, 18-1, in their title bout to earn Outstanding Wrestler for the third time this season.

Kess (21-0), a two-time All-Metro selection, has not been scored on offensively, and has won all of his bouts by technical fall or pin.

"At Curley, I wrestled a lot of guys who were top-rated in the country, so when it's inside of the state, I don't take it for granted. I just go out to dominate," said Kess, ranked No. 3 nationally. "I don't plan on any of my matches going the distance. That's my objective this year."

Weber's only previous loss was to 4A-3A state champion Matt Eveleth of Chesapeake-AA, 11-4. In fact, Eveleth handed Weber his only loss last year when he was 33-1. "Kess is better, no doubt," Weber told his father, Sparrows Point coach Bill Weber.

"Mike was more aggressive and wrestled as well as he has all year, but once Darian started those tilts, before you knew it, it was 8, 9 or 10-0," Bill Weber said.

Overlea also crowned 145-pound Chaudhry Afzal (19-0) and 140-pound freshman Dan Sexton (21-4). Afzal, a third-place finisher at 2A-1A states last year, scored a pin, a technical fall and a pin of Patapsco's Jon Rossi in the title bout.

Perry Hall wrestlers Jim Van Daniker (103), ranked No. 4, and Nick Ramsel (112), ranked No. 2, both remained undefeated with their second tournament victories of the season. Van Daniker, a former three-time junior league state champ, pinned all three opponents. Ramsel scored a 16-second pin, a 15-0 technical fall, and a 16-7 major decision over Lake Clifton's Terry Hopson.

A year ago at the Overlea Tournament, Ramsel edged Hopson, 12-7, in the semifinals, and routed his older brother, Will Hopson -- an eventual third-place finisher in the 4A-3A state tournament -- 15-4 for the title.

Dulaney's Konstantinos Cosmakos (heavyweight) improved to 22-1 with a double-overtime victory over Wilde Lake's Pat Burns, the Howard County runner-up. Cosmakos, who is No. 5 in The Sun, won on riding criteria over Burns.

Fallston was not allowed to participate on the second day of the tournament because of a snow emergency that went into effect for Harford County. So wrestlers such as Tony Hughes (152), who entered the semifinals with a 19-0 record, were not permitted to continue. Dulaney's Matt Mindel (152) pinned Poly's Jarel Gregory, who would have wrestled Hughes.

Poly's Keith Eure (189) edged Overlea's Devin Knox, 8-2, for his title.

Delone Catholic of McSherrystown, Pa., crowned five champs, including John Hefner Jr. (119). Hefner edged Wilde Lake's previously unbeaten Matt Ennis, 5-4, for his title.

Broadneck's Steve Schall (130), Brad Willard (135) and Jordan Rathlev (160) were runners-up to Delone Catholic wrestlers Dana Gingerich, Goeff Leeper and Corey Jacoby, respectively.

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