Spadaro's pin seals Severna Park's 1st win

Falcons stop 0-2 slide by edging Arundel, 37-30

Wrestling

High Schools

December 17, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

With the Severna Park wrestling team holding on to a one-point lead against visiting Arundel and the last bout up in the 160-pound class, Falcons sophomore Lew Spadaro brought a simple and quick approach.

A takedown against Steve Broznowicz came in the opening seconds, and a pin followed shortly after to clinch a 37-30 win over the Wildcats.

After taking their lumps against two state powerhouses - No. 1 Mount St. Joseph and No. 6 River Hill - the Falcons (1-2) opened their county slate on a much-needed positive note.

Also getting pins from senior Nick Eisenbeiser, who was bumped up to 125, and sophomore Tom Massie (145), along with a major decision from senior Mike Smythe, the Falcons got the matchups they were looking for to squeeze out a win.

It didn't come easy, however. When Arundel junior Josh Hayghe scored four third-period takedowns on Doug Barron to earn a 12-9 decision at 152, the Wildcats (1-1) pulled within 31-30 before Spadaro went to work.

Going underneath with a hammer lock, the second-year varsity wrestler came away with the pin 40 seconds into the first period to pull out the win for Severna Park.

"We stuck it to them when we needed to," said Spadaro. "I just tried to block my mind from everything, get back to thinking to the practice room - no pressure at all."

Arundel took a 12-0 lead with pins from Greg George (171) and Brad Pendock (189). But without any wrestlers at 215 or heavyweight, the Wildcats saw the lead evaporate in a hurry.

From there, the Falcons did what they had to do to get the win. Kenny Nyczaj came away with a tough 5-0 decision over Seth Fenton at 130 to give the Falcons a 25-21 lead.

Arundel reclaimed the lead at 27-25 after consecutive wins at 135 and 140, but Massie came up with a first-period pin of Kai Hall to give the Falcons the lead back at 31-27.

"My match, I just tried to concentrate on my feet a little more. I tried to stay strong and I thought my endurance played a key role in it," said Eisenbeiser, who outlasted Justin Braswell for a late third-period pin. "I think we did really well as a team. We knew this was a huge match and everybody was really energetic. Our losses we took in stride and our wins we'll also keep in stride."

Last night's tight match could well be a signal of what's in store the rest of the way in the county, with Chesapeake and Old Mill the clear favorites, but Severna Park, Arundel, South River, Broadneck and North County all in the talented mix.

"It's early. The difference tonight was we just got out-wrestled. Severna Park has a good program, good coach and we just got beat. But we'll be back," said Arundel coach Bill Royer.

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