Navy's Edwards passes west test

Wrestler improves to 15-3

as a team, Mids swamped

State notebook


January 11, 2003|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Frank Edwards and the Navy wrestling team ventured west last weekend to test some of the top powers in the nation.

They joined fourth-ranked Oklahoma, No. 18 Missouri and Northwestern in South Prairie, Texas, for the Lonestar Duals.

Edwards, a junior, emerged unscathed in two bouts at 165 pounds to improve to 15-3. The Navy team didn't fare as well, losing all three team matches by a combined score of 84-28.

The Mids have been hurt by the loss of senior heavyweight Steve Kovach, who was 13-0 before being injured in December. He's out indefinitely. His replacement, freshman Tanner Garrett, has gone 6-5.

However, Edwards had an easy time Saturday with an 11-8 decision over Oklahoma's Wes Roberts and a 5-0 decision over Missouri's Tyron Woodley.

"I've been wanting to get out west and see where I stand against some of those guys," said Edwards, who is ranked No. 17 in the country at 165 pounds. "It was a good preview for me."

Edwards likes the way he has progressed after taking off last season because he was burned out by wrestling.

"I've really been focused and have wrestled each match like it's my last," he said. "I have a new appreciation now for the sport. And this team has a lot of depth."

The Mids are especially deep at 165, where senior Luke Lazzo complements Edwards; Lazzo has a 13-4 record. They also are stacked at 184, where sophomore Thayer Paxton is 11-3 and junior Travis Manion is 11-5.

Other top Navy wrestlers are junior Michael Barikian (19-7 at 174), senior Jim Letchford (15-8 at 197), sophomore Sam Gray (16-8 at 125), and freshman Adam Brochetti (10-5 at 149).

Last season for McHugh

Maryland wrestling coach John McHugh will be retiring at the end of this season after 25 years at the school.

McHugh has a 282-169-8 dual-match record, and has coached six All-Americans and 25 Atlantic Coast Conference champions.

Maryland's home opener will be against Navy on Wednesday night at Comcast Center.

Campion closes in

Senior All-American guard Amy Campion has climbed within 23 points of Salisbury's career scoring record for women's basketball.

Campion, averaging 23.6 points in 11 games, will go for the record today at St. Mary's.

Campion has 1,517 career points, second to Lisa Neylan (1,540), who established the mark two seasons ago. Campion also ranks fourth in Salisbury history with 383 assists and seventh on the career rebounding chart with 810.

Bowie takes bow

The 10-1 Bowie State men's basketball team is one of eight teams that broke into the Division II Top 25 this week, climbing to No. 19 as it moved past Shaw (9-2), its Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Eastern Division rival.

Shaw dropped to No. 20 from No. 10, setting the stage for tonight's CIAA television opener between Bowie and visiting Shaw at 7:30.

The game can be seen live on MBC cable or on a tape-delayed basis on Comcast SportsNet on Monday at 1 p.m.

Brown stands tall

UMBC women's basketball guard Jessie Brown continues to climb high on the school's all-time assists and scoring lists, reaching fourth over the holidays in assists with 400 and 13th in scoring with 900 points.

Brown, a senior, scored 28 points in two games in the St. Joseph's (Pa.) tournament, raising her scoring average to 13.0, along with marks of 3.8 assists and 4.4 rebounds a game.

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