All-anne Arundel County Wrestling

March 13, 2002


Matt Eveleth

Chesapeake, senior

In a family blessed with wrestling talent, Eveleth cemented his reputation as one of the best wrestlers to hail from the county. Brothers Brian and Jeff grabbed one and two state championships, respectively, but Matt Eveleth joined Marty and Mike Kusick of Northeast and Tyrone Neal Jr. of Southern as only the fourth county wrestler to capture three state titles.

Eveleth, who decisioned Annapolis sophomore Ben Graham, 7-5, in their 125-pound state final to complete a 34-1 season, concluded his tenure at Chesapeake as the program's career leader in victories (132-4) and the school's first three-time state champion.

Eveleth, who will join Jeff as a member of the University of Pennsylvania wrestling team next winter, also became only the fourth wrestler in county history to win four county titles, joining the Kusick brothers and Chris Combs of Old Mill.


Rex Miller


As unpredictable as preseason expectations can be, Miller & Co. lived up to their billing. The fourth-ranked Cougars compiled a 14-2 dual-meet record and top-4 finishes at the Dundalk and Arundel Holiday tournaments. But Chesapeake fell short of its first county and regional dual-meet crowns.

Rather than brood about the missed opportunities, Miller rallied the troops around making amends, and the Cougars swept the county, Class 4A-3A East region and state tournament championships. Chesapeake's 54-point margin of victory over runner-up McDonough of Charles County at the state tournament broke the old record of 53.5 set by Beall in 1983.

"All of his kids wrestled great late in the year," Severna Park coach Paul Joyce said of Miller's efforts. "That's a testament to his coaching."


William Bell

Old Mill, junior

What a difference a year made for Bell, who missed the end of last season. He amassed a 29-6 record en route to winning heavyweight titles at the county and Class 4A-3A East region tournaments. A state qualifer, Bell placed second at the St. Stephens/St. Agnes Tournament, third at the NOVA Invitational and fourth at the Lackey Tournament.

Corey Bowers

Chesapeake, sophomore

Bowers proved that his selection to the All-County team last year was no fluke. He was 33-4 at 112 pounds and collected his second county crown. Second at the region tournament and third at states, Bowers finished first at the Dundalk and Arundel Holiday invitationals and second at the Hammond Tournament.

Chris Dyke

Northeast, junior

Dyke embodied the definition of determination. After failing to reach the championship final and falling to third at 145 pounds at the county tournament, Dyke claimed the Class 4A-3A East region title and placed third at the state tournament. His 32-6 record included a crown at the Ed Peery Invitational and a runner-up finish at the Smithsburg Tournament.

Shane Fraser

Chesapeake, freshman

Fraser continued the Cougars' habit of producing the best 103-pound wrestler in the county. Fraser compiled a 34-6 mark, winning county and regional championships and placing second at the state tournament. He was second at the Dundalk Invitational and fourth at the Arundel Holiday and Hammond tournaments.

Chris Grove

Chesapeake, sophomore

Like Bowers, Grove repeated his All-County selection last season with a solid year. He registered 25 wins against five losses and captured county and regional titles at 135 pounds. Grove, who missed the Dundalk and Arundel Holiday invitationals, finished fifth at states and fourth at the Hammond Tournament.

Paul Macknis

Annapolis, senior

Macknis embodied the meaning of versatility for the seventh-ranked Panthers. Certified to wrestle at either 171 or 189 pounds, Macknis did most of his damage at 171, where he built a 31-5 mark and grabbed county and Class 4A-3A East region crowns. The state qualifier was first at the Ed Peery tournament and second at the Arundel and Ralph Wetzel Holiday invitationals. Joe Mihoces

Annapolis, senior

If one wrestler smashed that mythical ceiling, Mihoces carried the hammer. Mihoces had never defeated Dominick Grossi of Old Mill until this season when Mihoces captured the county and regional titles against Grossi. Mihoces, who earned a 28-7 record, placed fifth at states and secured gold medals at the Ed Peery, Arundel and Ralph Wetzel Holiday invitationals.

Jason Shehane

Chesapeake, senior

Shehane was the bookend for a Cougars squad loaded with talent in the lower weights. He enjoyed a 25-7 record at 189 pounds and added county and regional championships to the one he claimed at the Dundalk Invitational. Shehane placed fourth at the state tournament and sixth at the Arundel Holiday Tournament.

Andrew Smith

Annapolis, sophomore

Perhaps no wrestler made a splash quite like Smith did. He compiled a 28-3 mark at 130 pounds, sweeping titles at the Ed Peery, Ralph Wetzel Holiday and Arundel invitationals. Smith was first at the regional tournament, second at the county tournament, and qualified for states.

Rob Turnblacer

Severna Park, junior

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