Old Mill keeps hold on A. Arundel title

No. 8 Patriots polish off upstart Chesapeake, cap 5th unbeaten year in row

Wrestling

High Schools

February 02, 2002|By Edward Lee and Lem Satterfield | Edward Lee and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

The Anne Arundel County dual-meet wrestling championship will stay in Millersville - again.

Eighth-ranked Old Mill captured its fifth consecutive title by knocking off upstart and No. 7 Chesapeake, 29-23, at Meade High last night.

Old Mill routed Meade, 48-19, and Chesapeake walloped the Mustangs, 61-6, as part of a tri-meet.

Old Mill senior Kevin Moore provided the heroics when he scored a 10-1 major decision in his 140-pound match against junior Evan Jones, helping the Patriots complete their fifth straight undefeated regular season at 14-0 overall and 11-0 in the county.

"I'm only a second-year wrestler, but this feels great," Moore said. "I knew that it was coming down to me, and I had to pull it out."

With the victory, Old Mill extended its regular-season winning streak to 63 matches. The Patriots haven't dropped a dual meet in the regular season since Gilman beat them on Dec. 16, 1997.

Old Mill also hasn't lost to a county opponent since Arundel won on Jan. 17, 1997.

Trailing 3-0 after Cougars sophomore Seppi Serio earned a 12-3 major decision against senior Dave Cha at 145 pounds, the Patriots bounced back with an 8-5 decision from senior Dominick Grossi against Chesapeake senior Ernie French at 152.

But junior Chad LaPlanche edged senior Justin Smith at 160 pounds to give Chesapeake (13-1, 10-1) a 7-3 lead.

Old Mill claimed the next three weight classes en route to a 19-7 lead. First, senior Chris Bonner routed freshman Jay Couch, 14-2, at 171. Junior Alex Ford pinned junior Greg Hammett at the 2:41 mark at 189, and junior William Bell was awarded a forfeit at heavyweight. (Cougars seniors Jason Shehane (189) and Josh Aburn (heavyweight) were on a skiing trip in Canada and missed the meet.)

Freshman Shane Fraser briefly halted the Patriots' tidal wave by besting senior Stu Cohen, 5-0, at 103 to draw Chesapeake within nine points.

But Old Mill earned critical wins in the next two divisions. Sophomore Doug West avenged a loss in last season's county tournament by squeaking past sophomore Corey Bowers, 4-3, at 112 pounds.

West's escape with less than 30 seconds in the match helped the Patriots resume a double-digit advantage at 22-10.

"I had to bring him down," said West (24-1). "I wanted to prove the point that I am the best."

At 119, junior Josh Baynham cinched a headlock on junior Steve Yaruta with one second left in the first overtime period to claim a 6-4 decision and a 25-10 Old Mill lead.

At 125, Cougars sophomore Jim Woodland blanked junior Marcus Horner, 11-0, and two-time state champion and senior Matt Eveleth pinned Carlo Razuri in 58 seconds at 130 to shave the Patriots' lead to 25-20.

Old Mill's strategy of moving 130-pound senior Shaun Miller to face 135-pound sophomore Chris Grove worked as Grove could only manage an 11-4 decision and make it a two-point Patriots lead.

Meade fell to 1-12, 1-10.

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