Moyer carries his weight, then some for Broadneck

Top-ranked at 215, Bruin shines vs. heavyweights

Notebook

February 06, 2004|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

It was impressive that Broadneck 215-pound senior Tyler Moyer bumped up to beat Glen Burnie's talented heavyweight, Justin Neal, in the Bruins' 51-26 win over the Gophers on Tuesday.

Even more impressive? How Moyer - No. 1 in The Sun's individual rankings at 215 with a 19-1 mark - went about it.

When the bout went into its second overtime, Neal (ranked No. 2 at heavyweight) chose the down position. He needed an escape to win on criteria, but Moyer was able to ride him out for the 30 seconds to get the confidence-building win.

"Tyler's strength is on his feet with his throws," said Broadneck coach Jake Vickery. "He was able to ride Justin a while in his second period, and I think that helped in overtime. This is a big thing for him and our team. We want him a little more confident in his match management and this will be beneficial to him in the state tournament."

Taking on a quality heavyweight is nothing new to Moyer.

Last season, he lost a 3-1 decision to Severna Park senior Brian Payer, who went on to win a state title.

After a 12-4 major decision over Northwestern's Chad Nkang in the regular season, Moyer was pinned by Nkang in the 215-pound state final to finish with a 31-2 mark.

This season, Moyer's biggest challenge likely will come from Bowie's Zach Adomanis, who handed him a 9-3 decision loss in the Arundel Tournament late last month.

If given the chance, Moyer is hoping to turn the tables on Adomanis much like Nkang did.

Back to business as usual

It had been awhile since the Old Mill wrestling team had lost a regular-season dual meet against a county opponent.

The Patriots were 86-0-1 (the tie came late last season against Severna Park after 75 straight wins) dating back to the 1996-97 season until Arundel visited on Tuesday and came away with a 33-31 upset win.

Afterward, Arundel coach Bill Royer called it "just another match" as he prepares his team for the county, regional and state tournaments

Old Mill coach Jim Grim agreed.

"We never talk about that stuff," Grim said. "When we start the season, our focus is on getting ready for the county, region and states. I talked to the kids after the match and told them this was just a bump on the road and we move on."

Perfect from the line

Don't blame free-throw shooting for the Severn girls basketball team's 50-46 setback at St. Paul's on Wednesday.

The No. 16 Admirals (16-2) went 15-for-15 from the line, with junior guard Sarah Meisenberg leading the way with eight foul shots.

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