Dulaney wrestling captains lead the way


3 hold top school offices, solid records, high grades

High Schools

January 29, 2002|By Lem Satterfield and Katherine Dunn | Lem Satterfield and Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

When Dulaney wrestling coach Desi McNelis says three of his four team captains "literally run the school," he means, "they literally run the school."

Toby Matejovsky (140) and heavyweight Konstantinos Kosmakos are the senior class president and vice president, respectively, and Matt Mindell (152-160) is the senior class treasurer.

The three wrestlers, whose combined record is 75-5 with 44 pins, also literally run the team on weekends approximately "three or four miles."

FOR THE RECORD - In yesterday's editions, the Student Government Organization positions held by three Dulaney High wrestlers were incorrectly reported. Toby Matejovsky is the SGO president, Konstantinos Kosmakos the vice president and Matt Mindel the recording secretary.
The Sun regrets the errors.

"On Saturdays and Sundays when we're not wrestling, they organize these team runs on their own," McNelis said.

Matejovsky carries a 3.9 grade-point average, scored 1,440 on the SAT and is headed for the Naval Academy. Mindell has a 3.5 GPA and 1,370 SAT score. Kosmakos carries a 3.3 and a 1,250 score.

"I've had individuals, but never a team like this," McNelis said. "I've been coaching wrestling for 21 years, including a lot of years at St. Paul's, and this is the most dedicated, responsible and mature team that I've ever coached."

And the No. 13 Lions (19-4), despite having only four wrestlers who competed before high school, rank as the top threat to No. 4 Owings Mills in the chase for the Baltimore County tournament crown.

Kosmakos, a defending county and regional champion, is ranked No. 1 by The Sun at 27-0 with 17 pins. Matejovsky is 27-1 with 14 pins, and Mindell is 23-4 with 11 pins, including one over Woodlawn's previously unbeaten Mark Brown.

Two of the more experienced wrestlers are fourth-ranked Andrew Schlaffer (130) and fifth-ranked James Knox (103), a freshman. Schlaffer, a transfer from Calvert Hall, is 26-1 with two victories apiece over state champion Mike Weber of Sparrows Point and fifth-ranked Sasha Binder of Owings Mills. Knox is 25-2.

Senior Buddy Parler (189) is 17-5, senior Vinod Anandarajah (112) is 17-8 and Roy Brintnall (135), the team's fourth captain, is 19-9. Junior Steve Turner (145) is 19-5, and Jordan Lair (152-160) is 20-6.

Senior Tyler Covahey (125) has a losing record, but his upset two weeks ago of Kenwood's state runner-up, Kyle Krumholtz, is one of the season's highlights for Dulaney.

In the swim

Poly's Tristan Gerritsen has made a habit of making up for lost time in the pool.

Gerritsen came into competitive swimming late, having spent only the past two years training outside of the high school season with the Baltimore City Swim Club. Then last season, he missed the Baltimore City swimming championship meet with the flu.

None of that has slowed Gerritsen, a senior, this season. He is the top boys swimmer on a team that hasn't lost to a city rival in two years.

His specialty is the 100-yard breaststroke, but he is also a strong 200 individual medley performer and contributes to the medley and the 400-freestyle relay teams. Friday, he swam a strong 53.9-second anchor leg on the Engineers' winning 400 freestyle relay.

Gerritsen's drive is apparent in the classroom as well, where he holds a 98 grade-point average. He has accepted an appointment to the Naval Academy.

"If he continues to improve, that might give him an opportunity to make the Naval Academy swim team," said Poly coach Brendan McElroy. "[Club swimming] has been a huge help for him. He came into it late, but now his times are starting to go down."

The Engineers, whose 31 swimmers have an average GPA of 87.6, have several other swimmers likely to make key contributions as they go for repeat girls and boys city titles on Feb. 15.

The boys also rely on Casey Hill, defending champion in the 200 freestyle; Jon Turwy; and Alexi Light-Pappas.

Elena Spitzer, undefeated last season and the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly champion, leads the girls team, along with Kate Guth and Christine Campbell.

School record

Mercy's Charlie McCord broke the school indoor track record for most points accumulated by an individual in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland Invitational meet at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Center on Friday in Landover.

The senior won the 55-meter hurdles and the triple jump, took fifth in the long jump and sixth in the 55 dash to roll up 23 points. The previous record of 19.5 had been set in the 1998-99 season by Kristi Korrow.

Hitting 1,000

Seton Keough's All-Metro center Jackie Valderas scored her 1,000th career point in last night's game against DeLone Catholic in Pennsylvania. She is the third Seton Keough player to reach 1,000 points.

St. Frances senior guard Kia Coady went over the 1,000 mark Friday night in the Panthers' win at McDonogh.

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