Wrestler Of The Year

March 25, 2002

Matt Eveleth

Chesapeake-Anne Arundel, senior

Matt Eveleth became the first three-time state champion in the school's history and led the Cougars to their third state tournament team title. Along the way, the four-time state finalist overcame a loss that ended his winning streak at 83 matches and endured an injury to his left leg.

The 125-pounder went 35-1 with 22 pins and one technical fall, raising his career record to a school-best 132-4 with a school-record 92 pins. Eveleth became only the fourth Anne Arundel County wrestler to win four county titles, joining Northeast's Marty and Mike Kusick and Old Mill's Chris Combs. The four-time regional champ joined the Kusick brothers and Southern's Tyrone Neal Jr. as the county's only three-time state champs.

Eveleth beat private schools state champ Chet Naylor (McDonogh) in the senior all-star classic, and pinned three-time state finalist Mike Weber (Sparrows Point). The 3.5 GPA student with an 1,100 SAT score is headed for the University of Pennsylvania, from which brother Brian, a state champ, graduated and where brother Jeff, a two-time state champ, is a sophomore.

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