Graham gives Annapolis boost

3 wins push record to 13-0

Arundel 2nd to DeMatha


January 12, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Three times last season, Annapolis' Ben Graham lost to three-time state champ Matt Eveleth of Chesapeake finishing runner-up at the Anne Arundel County, regional and state tournaments.

This season, the top-ranked Graham says he's on a mission.

"When I walked off the mat last year, I told myself that I'd be disappointed with anything less than first place this year," he said.

Last night at Arundel High, Graham (135 pounds) remained on course to achieve his goal, outscoring his three opponents by a combined 36-6 to run his record to 13-0. Graham was joined in victory by teammates Andrew Smith (140) and Brett Cherba (145) as Annapolis finished seventh in a 14-team field.

DeMatha of Hyattsville, coached by Elkridge resident Dick Messier, outscored host Arundel, 216-189, for the title.

Broadneck's Tyler Moyer (215), ranked No. 2 in The Sun, ran his record to 11-0 with an 11-4 win over DeMatha's Ken Jefferson.

The Outstanding Lowerweight honors overwhelmingly went to Lackey's 125-pound Joe McKeever (11-1), who ousted state champs Danny April of Churchill and Cam Watkins of DeMatha. The Outstanding Upperweight was Sherwood's top-ranked Burke Edwards (152), whose 13-4 victory over Overlea's state runner-up Dan Sexton (15-2) was his 100th career win.

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