2000-2001 All-Anne Arundel County wrestling

High Schools

March 14, 2001

Wrestler of the Year

135 - Adam DeCosmo, Old Mill: Few wrestlers can ward off the distractions, the injuries and the pressure of defending a state championship, but DeCosmo proved that he wasn't your average grappler. The senior not only captured back-to-back state, regional and county titles, but he also completed a perfect 38-0 season, becoming just the fourth Patriots wrestler to do so. DeCosmo stood atop the winners' podium at the NOVA, Lackey and Francis Scott Key invitationals and defeated two eventual state champions in Ryan Mackin of Hammond and Jon Peters of Westlake. DeCosmo, an All-Metro and two-time All-County selection, ended his high school career as the school's all-time leader in victories with a 136-14 mark.

Coach of the Year

Tom Sfakiyanudis, Annapolis: The adage that "every season is a new beginning" embodied the year that the Panthers had. After finishing 8-9-1 last season, Sfakiyanudis guided his team to its first winning season since 1991-92. Annapolis went 14-4 and advanced for the first time to a Class 4A-3A East regional dual meet championship. Annapolis boasted a county-high seven wrestlers seeded third or higher in the county tournament, sent 11 to the regional tourney, and qualified another seven for states. Although the Panthers didn't take an individual title home, Sfakiyanudis was more than pleased by what he saw from a squad that started just two seniors, six juniors, two sophomores and a freshman. "I wasn't sure that we would do as well as we did," said Sfakiyanudis, who won a county crown at Annapolis in 1992. "But they worked hard over the summer, and I knew we had made some improvements."

The first team

103 - Corey Bowers, Chesapeake: In a weight class brimming with talent, Bowers stood ahead of the competition. The freshman compiled a 26-4 mark highlighted by first-place finishes at the Aberdeen and county tournaments. Bowers capped his standout season by edging highly-regarded Jim Van Daniker of Perry Hall for third place at the state tournament.

112 - Rafael Jenkins, Chesapeake: Aggression and power were the trademarks of Jenkins' game. Dangerous on his feet, the senior went 27-8, won the Aberdeen Invitational and placed third and fifth at the Chopticon and Dundalk tourneys. Despite losing a semifinal bout to Mike Handleman of Arundel at the county championship, Jenkins avenged the setback with a win and a second-place finish at regionals.

119 - Matt Harvey, Meade: Harvey's lanky build and overpowering strength paid dividends. A second-team All-County choice last year, the junior was 28-3 en route to county and regional crowns. A tireless worker who did sit-ups and pushups while watching television, Harvey's quest to become the school's third state champ fell one win short in the finals of the state tournament. He won the Kent County Invitational at 125 pounds.

125 - Matt Eveleth, Chesapeake: The accolades continue to shower upon Eveleth. Like his good friend DeCosmo, Eveleth rolled through his competition to secure his second straight state title and a perfect 32-0 season. A three-time All-County pick, the junior finished first at the Aberdeen, Chopticon and Dundalk tournaments, and has 97 career victories, putting him one win away from tying leader Marty Pyles.

125 - Luke Palumbo, Annapolis Area Christian: If records were made to be rewritten, Palumbo was more than qualified to do a little revision. The senior compiled a 45-3 mark and brought home his school's first Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and state private schools crowns. Winner of five invitationals and a fifth-place finisher at National Preps, Palumbo, a two-time All-County choice, finishes his high school career with a 156-28 record.

130 - Chris Grove, Chesapeake: No one turned more heads in the county than Grove. The freshman solidified a dominating lower weight foundation for the Cougars. He built a 25-6 mark and captured championships at the Aberdeen and county tournaments. With a second place at the Dundalk Invitational under his belt, Grove placed third at regionals and fourth at states.

140 - Mike Money. Arundel: It's hard to believe that Money began wrestling just three years ago as a freshman in Aurora, Colo. The senior went 31-2 and mowed his way to the winners' podium at the Meade, Arundel Holiday and Arundel invitationals. A two-time county and regional champ, Money placed third at the state tournament and joins the All-County team for the second straight year.

145 - Dominick Grossi, Old Mill: Grossi made the most of his debut season on the varsity squad. The junior helped himself to a 29-9 mark that included a third-place finish at the Lackey Tournament and a fifth-place finish at the NOVA Tournament. Grossi won county and regional championships before placing third at states. He registered 114 takedowns, good enough to place him third on the all-time single-season list.

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