All-howard County Wrestling

March 10, 2004|By Rick Belz

WRESTLER OF THE YEAR

Vince Cina

River Hill, senior

A 4A-3A 112-pound state runner-up and a county and regional champion, the All-American wrestler ranks first in his class with a 4.6 GPA. He also finished first at the Arundel tournament and second at the Delmarva tournament.

Cina (37-2) defeated Atholton's Jeff Zillmer, 12-2, in the county final, and former state runner-up James Knox of Dulaney, 3-2, in overtime in the region final. He lost to Knox, 4-3, in the state final on a takedown with 10 seconds left. As a junior, he was first in the county, second in the region and third in the state.

He finished eighth in the freestyle nationals last summer to earn All-American status. Hammond coach Pedro Barbosa called Cina: "A seasoned senior, dominant from the get-go - the total package." Cina's career record is 124-27, second only to Ryan Green's school-record 129 wins.

Cina will attend the University of Pennsylvania and plans to wrestle in college.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Earl Lauer

River Hill

The Hawks graduated 16 seniors and nine starters, but won this season's county tournament by 104 points, the largest margin ever. It was a record fifth straight county title. They finished third in the state tournament - the Hawks' first top-five finish.

They were a state dual-meet finalist, losing to Calvert. River Hill's average dual-meet margin of victory was almost 40 points. Lauer won a service award from the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association at the state tournament for 31 years of coaching wrestling.

He had six JV wrestlers move into starting roles, and had a first-year heavyweight who finished second in the county and scored at states. "Our kids thought we were a bunch of mostly no-names, and other coaches thought we overachieved," said Lauer.

In eight years at River Hill, Lauer's teams have won four county dual-meet titles and five county tournament titles. They also have won three regional dual titles and three regional tournament titles and one state dual-meet title.

River Hill qualified 11 wrestlers for the state tournament and nine of them scored points. At regionals, 13 of River Hill's 14 wrestlers scored points.

"I emphasize team effort over individuals," said Lauer.

THE FIRST TEAM

David Adams

River Hill, senior

He improved from fourth in the county wrestling tournament his junior year to first this year at 135 pounds, winning, 5-4, over Hammond's A.J. Smith. Adams, who scored 1,380 on the SAT, was second at regionals in another one-point decision. He scored points at states. An All-Metro soccer player, Adams (26-8) played on three state championship teams, two in soccer and one in wrestling and will attend Cedarville University in Ohio, where he'll play soccer.

Matt Bichner

Glenelg, sophomore

Third in the state at 145 pounds, he handily won county and regional titles, defeating Hammond's Jeff Nuss, 12-0, at counties and Atholton's Josh Burke, 7-2, at regions for the titles. Bichner (31-5), third in the county his freshman year, played a key role in Glenelg's wrestling turnaround that resulted in regional tournament and regional dual-meet titles this season. He finished second at the Damascus tournament.

David Brindza

Glenelg, senior

A two-time county and regional champ, Brindza edged Hammond's Sean Vorsteg for the 119-pound county title, 4-3, and then came back to beat Vorsteg again in the region semifinals, 9-4. He is 5-0 against Vorsteg. Brindza (30-7) beat Poolesville's Nick Trusilo, 10-5, for the region title. He finished fifth in the 2A-1A state tournament, and won the Edgewood tournament.

Evan Bulger

Centennial, senior

Fourth in the 4A-3A state tournament, he won the county and regional 152-pound titles, beating Atholton's Nick Colabucci, 6-5, for the county title. The two also wrestled a close match in the regular season, with Bulger winning, 16-13. Bulger (33-8), a county runner-up his junior year, also finished second at McDonogh and fourth at Arundel. His career record was 72-33.

Kevin Cannon

River Hill, senior

He finished fifth in the 4A-3A state tournament and third in the region. Few wrestlers earn 100 career victories, but Cannon did this season, finishing his career with 115. He also won his second county title by pinning Glenelg's John Regan in 3:07 at 140 pounds. Cannon (36-8) finished second at the Delmarva tournament and third at the Arundel tournament. He was well-known for his signature move - the spladle.

Ethan Cohen

Hammond, junior

A state 2A-1A runner-up and county and regional champ at 103 pounds, Cohen defeated River Hill's Taylor Green, also a state runner-up, in the county final, 5-1. Cohen (29-2) pinned his way through the regional tournament. He also won the Springbrook tournament. As a sophomore, he was runner-up in the county and region tournaments and fourth in the state. He didn't begin wrestling until his freshman year.

Ryan Deiter

River Hill, junior

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