After Old Mill wrestling coach Jim Grim gave his No. 7 Patriots "an OK, but nothing great" assessment following their third-place showing at the Lackey Christmas Invitational on Saturday, he was quick to rave about South River taking fifth in the talented 21-team field.
"Nobody better sleep on them this season - they looked very tough," said Grim.
The Seahawks, under fourth-year coach John Klessinger, sent four wrestlers to the finals with senior 171-pounder Darren Capizzi claiming a title. Fellow returnees Andrew Mulry (119), Ethan Harvey (125) and Thomas Allman (125) were the runner-up finishers.
Just how much noise the Seahawks can make in the county may come down to how fast a raw group of newcomers develops to help out the strong base. Case in point are sophomores Trevor Boothby (130) and Chris Elliot (171), both of whom had fourth-place finishes.
"I'm pleased with how our kids are coming around," Klessinger said. "We have some solid kids and a handful of others that are starting to figure things out by getting more and more experience. We're still learning and improving but we're definitely getting there. They've grown a lot over the last couple of years."
Old Mill senior Doug West captured the 130-pound class as the Patriots finished behind tournament champ La Plata and Chopticon.
Now 5-0 on the season, West is up to 108 career wins and has a shot at becoming the program's all-time leader with 2001 grad Adam DeCosmo at the top of the list with 136.
At Perry Hall's Big 20 Invitational on Saturday, North County senior Gary Frye captured the 215-pound class to lead the Knights to a seventh-place finish among the 18-team field.
Severna Park seniors Zara Nematollahi and Katie White were two of five Marylanders named to the 2003 National Soccer Coaches Association of America Girls High School Scholar All-America Team.
Admirals start off fast
With an impressive 4-0 start, the Severn girls basketball team cracks The Sun's poll, coming in at No. 20 this week.
In the opening week of the season, the Admirals pulled out wins over defending Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference champ Chapelgate and No. 17 St. Mary's.
Junior guard Sara Meisenberg has averaged 21.5 points in the four wins.
And finally ...
The Class 3A state champion Severna Park field hockey team was ranked 13th nationally by TopOfTheCircle.com. The No. 1 Falcons, who finished the season at 18-1, were the only program from Maryland to make the national Web site's final Top 50 poll. ... After its five-year, 76-game county win streak came to an end in a 68-59 upset against Broadneck in the season opener last Monday, the No. 14 Annapolis boys basketball team rebounded with a come-from-behind 46-43 win over Arundel on Friday. ... Behind a 17-point performance from Dave Slenk, the Annapolis Area Christian boys basketball team came away with a 74-65 win over Washington Christian on Saturday in the championship game of the Eagle Classic.