No. 7-ranked Chesapeake defeats pair of foes to raise record to 10-0

Eveleth difference-maker in victory over Annapolis

Wrestling

High Schools

January 16, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Chesapeake's Matt Eveleth always wanted to be the decisive factor in a big match, and that's what the 125-pound wrestler was in last night's 34-21 victory at No. 9 Annapolis.

The two-time state champion's 12-1 major decision over Ben Graham gave No. 7 Chesapeake an insurmountable 28-21 lead with one bout left. A forfeit to teammate James Woodland (130) accounted for the winning margin in the Anne Arundel County tri-meet that included a 54-6 rout of county champion Severna Park (5-4, 3-2 county).

Annapolis (6-2, 4-1) led Chesapeake 21-9 with five bouts left after heavyweight Jack Dawson improved to 17-2 with a second-period pin. But Chesapeake (10-0, 8-0) led 24-21 after a forfeit to Shane Fraser (103), the second pin of the night by Corey Bowers (17-0), top-ranked at 112, and a 3-2 victory by Steve Yaruta (119) over Brett Cherba (13-4) that was accomplished on a takedown with 11 seconds left.

"It was pretty exciting to be able to put it away for the team, but we pulled through in the end," said Eveleth, who won his 83rd straight bout to improve to 17-0 for the season and 114-3 for his career. Eveleth has 14 pins this year and 84 for his career.

"We knew we would do it. This builds our confidence going into [this weekend's] Hammond Tournament," said Eveleth on a night that featured some nice marquee bouts.

Chesapeake's Chris Grove (135) moved to 8-0 with a 6-2 victory over Annapolis' Andrew Smith (16-2) and got his sixth pin against Severna Park. Teammate Chad LaPlanche (160) improved to 15-4 with a 5-3 victory over Severna Park's county champion, Rob Turnblacer (6-1), and a 4-2 overtime win over Annapolis' Greg Powell (8-2).

Annapolis' Paul Macknis (189) moved up from 171 pounds to score a couple of upsets. First, Macknis won, 6-5, over Severna Park's James Cahoon, then defeated Chespeake's Jason Shehane, 13-8. Shehane (12-3) edged Cahoon, 3-2, in their bout.

At 152 pounds, Chesapeake's Ernie French (152) is 15-4 after a 5-3 victory over Severna Park's Walker Babbington (14-3) and a 2-0 loss on a buzzer-beating reversal by Annapolis' Joe Mihoces (15-3). Mihoces led 4-0 before being pinned by Babbington.

In a 31-27 win over Severna Park, the Panthers required decisions by Tim Baker (171), Macknis and Dawson to overcome a 15-3 deficit. Dawson trailed 4-0, but used a takedown with 17 seconds left for a 10-8 win over 6-4, 265-pound Brian Payer.

Annapolis closed with a 14-3 win from Cherba (119) and pins by Graham and Andrew Smith (130). Other double-winners for Annapolis were Bill Vollono (140) and Tim Baker (171).

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