Glenelg wrestlers drive for the top

State title in sights after county crown


February 28, 2007|By Lem Satterfield and Glenn Graham | Lem Satterfield and Glenn Graham,sun reporters

One week after Glenelg's Tim Chase pinned Atholton's Michael Massarelli with relative ease in the Howard County 171-pound title bout, the Gladiators junior discovered how difficult it can be to stay on top.

Chase trailed by as many as four points and was nearly pinned twice before pinning Massarelli 5 minutes, 15 seconds into Saturday's Class 2A-1A South regional title match.

"I was kind of surprised by the way he came after me, but I overcame it," said Chase, who improved to 28-3. "Just goes to show that, now that there's a target on our backs, teams that you've beaten are going to come at you much harder."

Chase was joined on the victory podium by Dan Bichner (130 pounds), Brendan Conway (103) and Chris Stinnett (125), with Brian Marcoux (119) and Pat Black (285) finishing second as the Gladiators edged runner-up Hammond, 152.5 to 148. The victory came one week after Glenelg dethroned Atholton for the program's first Howard County tournament title.

The Gladiators, most of whom are underclassmen, will next take a shot at winning the school's first 2A-1A state tournament title Friday and Saturday at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House.

"We have a few good wrestlers who can place, if not make the finals," said Bichner, who was second at last year's states, where Marcoux was third, and Stinnett, fifth. "We know we're a young team, but we're experienced enough that we think we can win it now."

The No. 5 Gladiators, along with No. 6 Hereford, No. 7 Owings Mills and No. 8 Milford Mill are considered among the top contenders to challenge favored Rising Sun of Cecil County, which defeated Glenelg this month in the 2A-1A state dual semifinals on the way to winning that overall crown.

Hammond sends seven wrestlers to states, including state champion Devon Gillett (119), three-time state champion Vince Taweel (135) and regional champion Zach Halper (140). Atholton three-time county champion Ryan Conroy (152) looks to win states, as well, having placed fourth and third, respectively, during the past two seasons.

Marriotts Ridge sophomore Jae Kim (215) accomplished a milestone by becoming the first regional titlist in his program's two-year history.

Mockapetris honored

The postseason accolades continue for Centennial volleyball standout Tehya Mockapetris.

After being chosen as Gatorade's Player of the Year in Maryland, the senior outside hitter was named to the inaugural American Volleyball Coaches Association High School Senior All-America Team.

Mockapetris, a first-team All-Metro selection, was one of 36 players selected and the only Maryland representative. She finished the season with 227 kills (3.1 per game) and 67 aces to lead the No. 1 Eagles to the Class 3A state crown.

"I was really surprised and honored to be one of 36 girls in the country - it makes me feel really good," she said. "It's a great way to end my high school volleyball career. As a team, we just bonded so well, and I really couldn't have done it without all my teammates' help."

Mustangs milestone

Marriotts Ridge, which opened in 2005 and is competing at the varsity level for the first time this school year, went to the air to find its first state championship last week.

Junior Jocelyn Henline claimed the honor when she won the pole vault event at the Class 2A-1A championship with a vault of 9 feet, 6 inches.

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