According to plan, Hammond claims second title in row

Tebeleff and Snyder gain victories in South Regional

Class 2A-1A wrestling

February 24, 2002|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Hammond won its second straight Class 2A-1A South Regional championship last night at home by outdistancing runner-up Centennial, 128.5-104.

Russell Tebeleff (35-5), one of three Hammond finalists, won the 130-pound title with a major decision over Chad Jeronimo (26-4) of Bethesda-Chevy Chase, 12-7. The Bears' top-seeded senior and Howard County champion won his second straight regional title. Jeronimo, a second-seeded sophomore, is the Montgomery County champ.

"We expected to win the championship, but it's still a nice feeling," Tebeleff said.

Hammond's Dan Snyder (22-11) decisioned Poly's Zachary Barnes, 8-5, at 135. A fifth-seeded junior, Snyder beat top-seeded Ovan Shortt of Bladensburg in the semifinals. Snyder finished third in the Howard County tournament and had beaten Barnes (24-7) in double overtime in the state dual meet.

Hammond's second-seeded Lee Seidman (19-16) was unable to make it a clean sweep in the finals for the Bears. He lost his 152-pound bout to second-seeded senior Jimmy Holzman of Centennial, 6-1. Holzman, a Howard County runner-up, broke it open with a takedown and near fall in the second period.

Dave Nakasone (27-3), one of three Centennial finalists, pinned second-seeded senior Austin Carter (25-8) of Poly in 1:34 to win the 140-pound weight class. The top-seeded junior was a Howard County runner-up and finished third at regionals the past two years.

Centennial's Mark Nakasone (27-5) won the title at 145 with an 8-6 decision over second-seeded senior Matt Barrett (23-7) of Southern-Anne Arundel.

Seventh-seeded Anthony Aiello (19-12), Centennial's third finalist, lost to top-seeded Patrick Haddon (26-7) of Rockville, 12-6. Haddon, a sophomore, scored three near falls. Aiello upset second-seeded Jon Pearson of Bladensburg, 11-7, and third-seeded Steve Stoddard of DuVal, 11-9, to reach the finals.

Two-time Howard County champion Doug Ramsey (28-1) of Atholton won his second straight regional championship at 103 by pinning second-seeded Prince George's County champion Gabriel Sholaja (23-4) of Bladensburg in 2:32. Ramsey, a top-seeded senior who was fourth in the state last season, improved his career record to 113-30.

Atholton's only other finalist, Howard County champion Scott Radik (26-5), lost to two-time Southern Maryland Athletic Conference champion Joe McKeever (29-6) of Lackey at 112 pounds, 10-6. Radik, a fourth-seeded junior, upset top-seeded A. J. Tao of Wheaton in the semifinals, 4-3. McKeever, a third-seeded junior, finished sixth in the state last season.

A couple of top-seeded wrestlers lost in the finals.

Top-seeded Jeff Plasse (27-5) of Oakland Mills lost a 3-2 decision to Wheaton's only finalist, second-seeded senior Francis Jeffry-Idun, at 119. Plasse, a sophomore, is a two-time county and region finalist and finished second in the states last season.

Top-seeded junior Neil Nakagama (25-5) of Oakland Mills lost to second-seeded sophomore Eric Jeronimo (26-4) of Bethesda-Chevy Chase, 9-3, at 125. Nakagama, a three-time Howard County champion and two-time regional champion, finished third in the state last season.

Howard's only finalist, fourth-seeded Joe Sedilko, won when second-seeded Joe Brown of Southern-AA was disqualified for a flagrant misconduct. Sedilko was winning 15-5 in the third period.

"He tried to pull my [index] finger off," Sedilko said.

Brown was stripped of all points, escorted from the gymnasium and barred from state competition.

Edmondson's only finalist, second-seeded David Alcindor, lost to top-seeded Marco Hall of Bladensburg, 9-2, at 160. Hall was a Prince George's County tournament runner-up.

Howard County runner-up Rob LaHayne (26-8) won the heavyweight title with a pin over Howard Barlow (22-3) of Surrattsville in 4:38. All of Barlow's wins were by pin.

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