Cina places third with 11-1 record in N.D.

River Hill 98-pounder tops successful Team Maryland


July 28, 2002|By Luke Broadwater | Luke Broadwater,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FARGO, N.D. - River Hill's Vince Cina had high hopes going into the Cadet and Junior Nationals here, the largest wrestling tournament in the world with 4,490 entries.

"I wanted to make a good showing and maybe place in the top four," said the 98-pounder yesterday after the tournament ended.

But Cina exceeded his expectations by posting an 11-1 record and taking home a third-place finish in Junior Freestyle and a national title in Greco-Roman.

Cina's lone loss was to Oklahoma's Davey Mason - a 15-14 thriller in which Cina gave up a takedown with two seconds left.

Team Maryland responded to the lightweight's lead with its best performance in years, as nine wrestlers brought home 11 All-American awards.

Mike Rowe (112 pounds, DeMatha) finished second in Cadet Freestyle. Rowe went 9-1 and defeated Pennsylvania state champion Coleman Scott along the way.

Blair Academy's Max Meltzer (135) and Ryan Davis (145) both placed third in Junior Freestyle. Davis, a former All-Metro Wrestler of the Year at McDonogh, lost to the eventual champ - Craig Henning of Wisconsin - 4-3.

Old Mill's Justin Neal, a Mount Hebron transfer, placed fourth in Cadet Freestyle at 275 pounds, and Josh O'Keeffe (84) of Chesapeake-AA was sixth in the same division.

McDonogh's Chet Naylor (135) followed up a third-place Greco-Roman finish with an eighth place in freestyle. Naylor was 6-1 before injury-defaulting in his last two matches.

"I pulled something in my back against Iowa," said Naylor. "Once I knew I placed, I defaulted out."

In Greco-Roman competition, cadets Dan Caywood (135, Walkersville) and Mack Lewnes (145, Mount St. Joseph) finished fourth and sixth, respectively.

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