Chesapeake-AA wins state title handily

Eveleth is first 3-time titlist as No. 6 Cougars win by 54

Class 4A-3A wrestling

High Schools

March 03, 2002|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

A few bumps in the road did not deter the Chesapeake wrestling team from its destiny.

The sixth-ranked Cougars added to their Anne Arundel County and Class 4A-3A East Regional tournament crowns by capturing the state tournament championship last night at Western Maryland College in Westminster.

By outpointing runner-up McDonough of Charles County, 124.5-70.5, Chesapeake collected its third state tournament title since 1981 and its second in three years.

The victory helped erase the memory of losing out on the county, regional and state dual-meet crowns.

"In my mind, it does," said Cougars coach Rex Miller. "I told the team that we had to put it behind us. We had to move on."

The 54-point margin of victory eclipsed the previous state tournament record of 53.5 set in 1983 by Beall of Allegany County.

Of the 10 qualifiers the Cougars brought to the tournament, seven finished in the top six.

Freshman Shane Fraser (103 pounds) and junior Steve Yaruta (119) placed second, sophomore Corey Bowers (112) third, junior Chad LaPlanche (160) and senior Jason Shehane (189) fourth, and sophomore Chris Grove (135) fifth.

Only senior Matt Eveleth brought home a crown, edging Annapolis sophomore Ben Graham, 7-5, in their 125-pound bout.

"I'm glad that in my senior year, we were able to win as a team," said Eveleth, who finished with a 132-4 record and became the school's first three-time state titlist. "It's nice to do something that no one [at Chesapeake] has ever done."

Besides Eveleth, North Carroll senior Fran Jackson claimed his third state crown at 152 pounds.

His first-period pin of Northern of Calvert's Ryan Foreman in 36 seconds was just one second shy of tying the tournament final record set in 1980 by Oakland Mills's Arnold Sing and equaled by Winston Churchill's Nick Franzetti in 1995.

"It's good because everybody said I couldn't do it," said Jackson, who became his school's first three-time state champion despite battling two injured knees. "I never doubted myself."

Franklin senior Matt Schuster grabbed his second state title when he squeaked past Dulaney senior Andrew Schlaffer, 4-3, at 130.

River Hill senior Ryan Green ended a string of futility by winning his first state crown at 140. Green, who became the sixth Howard County wrestler to win four county championships, decisioned Walter Johnson senior Steve Gahl, 4-1.

Two Harford County wrestlers took home gold medals. Fallston sophomore Nathan Bachmann became his school's second state titlist since John Conley in 1980 when he pinned Chopticon sophomore and South Regional champion Eli Black in 5:27 at 135.

"I never expected it to come to this," Bachmann said. "I was just hoping to place in the top six."

Bel Air senior Tim Kassouf needed just a second-period escape to ward off Quince Orchard senior Greg Fisher, 1-0, at 189.

And in a rematch of their North Regional championship bout, reigning region titlist and Wilde Lake senior Pat Burns defeated Dulaney senior Konstantinos Kosmakos by riding criteria.

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