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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | December 3, 1997
For Old Mill's Chris Combs and Southern's Nick Alley -- Anne Arundel's two returning state wrestling champions -- their success starts with a simple ingredient: hard work.It means wrestling throughout the year, constantly lifting weights, running to build endurance and not cutting a single corner in the practice room."You can't mess around or you'll lose your edge and it can cost you a match," Alley said.Their reward comes when the referee raises their hands in victory, which happened plenty for both last season and promises to continue once again this year.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | March 6, 1999
Punctuated by John Schuster's pin of Cambridge's Dion Nixon at 189 pounds, Franklin moved five wrestlers into today's Class 1A-2A state tournament semifinals at Western Maryland College.Also advancing for Franklin, which led second-place Kent County, 48 1/2-41, were Matt Schuster (103), Stan Wagner (112), and twins Luke (140) and Sam (145) Mays.But John Schuster's fall over Nixon was most impressive, coming against a wrestler who entered at 37-1, his only previous loss by 6-4 decision."Everyone knew we had a shot.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | February 7, 1997
When Chris Combs comes to wrestle, his opponent is usually back-pedaling."I like to dictate, dominate and control the match -- go right at the guy," said Combs, Old Mill's 112-pound sophomore county champ and region runner-up."
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | February 27, 1999
No. 2-ranked Old Mill advanced eight wrestlers into today's Class 3A-4A East region finals and held a 145 1/2-93 lead over Chesapeake-AA after last night's competition at Meade High.The Patriots' march was highlighted by 140-pound James Fleming's late 3-2 victory over two-time Baltimore champ Victor Ghee, of Northern."Fleming was down 2-0 with about 30 seconds left against a kid who is a great wrestler," said first-year coach Vern Hines."James showed all heart in the way he escaped and attacked and got the takedown right at the end," Hines said.
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | February 26, 1999
Chris Combs has been a wrestler since he was 7, polishing his craft to near-flawless standards over the years.Last weekend, the Old Mill senior became the third wrestler in Anne Arundel County and the first in the Patriots' rich wrestling history to win four county championships. Earlier this season, Combs moved to the top of Old Mill's list in career pins (60).And with his 113-9 career record, he's now two wins away from 1983 grad Chuck Sturm's all-time school mark of 115.For his opponents, a win against Combs could make a season, maybe even a career.
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February 17, 1998
Chris CombsOld MillWrestlingCombs outscored four 119-pound opponents, 33-4, in leading Old Mill to the Class 3A-4A State Duals Championship. The junior defeated Bobby Biden (Westminster), a three-time county and regional champion, 9-2, in the finals.
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By Jeff Seidel and Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 28, 1998
For No. 7-ranked Old Mill, the lightweights did much of the heavy work last night against visiting Southern. The Patriots got five pins in winning the first seven matches and clinched the 51-9 victory over Southern before the Bulldogs could score a point.Adam DeCosmo (103), Eric Hill (119), Chris DeAdder (125), Josh Liston (130) and Rich Sampson (145) all scored pins, while Dave Hicks (135) got a technical fall and Chris Combs (112) beat fellow state champion Nick Alley, 7-1.The Patriots (8-1, 8-0)
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | January 31, 1996
Mike Toth (189 pounds) overcame a 2-0 deficit with his first-period pin of Old Mill's Ben Hines to give No. 5 Broadneck an insurmountable 12-point lead in an eventual 33-27 victory last night at Broadneck.Toth's effort offset a pin by Old Mill's Chris Riggins (Hwt., 15-4) as the Bruins (12-1, 10-0) gained the inside track to the Anne Arundel County crown. Defending 3A-4A state champ Old Mill dropped to (6-4, 6-2)."We had figured it would come down to me or heavyweight, and even when I was down, 2-0, I was thinking pin," said Toth (8-2, seven pins)
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | February 8, 1997
Ben Hines handed Northeast's Tony Serio his second loss of the season, 2-1, on an overtime stalling call in the 189-pound bout, giving No. 8 Old Mill (11-1, 10-1) momentum in an eventual 29-22 Anne Arundel County League victory last night.Northeast led, 22-20, with two bouts left after reeling off four straight wins. There was a pin by Anthony Brown (160), a major decision by county runner-up Tyrone Eaton (145) and decisions by Tom Cain (152) and Shawn Maurer (171).But the Eagles (10-2, 9-2)
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | January 18, 1996
Old Mill's Glen Webster swore he'd hit the weight room after keying last night's 38-25 victory at Anne Arundel County rival North County.After a 1-0 decision by teammate Mike George (145) over Tom Lathroom put the Patriots up, 24-13, North County's Titus Aye (152) sparked the crowd with a first-period pin. Then, No. 14 Old TTC Mill forfeited to Brian Balonis (160, 10-3), giving the Knights their only lead, 25-24.That set up Webster, a 160-pound regular who moved up to 171, where he needed two near-fall points at the buzzer in a 10-8 victory over Michawn Yuvencio.
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | February 26, 1999
Chris Combs has been a wrestler since he was 7, polishing his craft to near-flawless standards over the years.Last weekend, the Old Mill senior became the third wrestler in Anne Arundel County and the first in the Patriots' rich wrestling history to win four county championships. Earlier this season, Combs moved to the top of Old Mill's list in career pins (60).And with his 113-9 career record, he's now two wins away from 1983 grad Chuck Sturm's all-time school mark of 115.For his opponents, a win against Combs could make a season, maybe even a career.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | February 6, 1999
Derrick Dawson's 8-0 decision over Arundel's Steve Gills at 189 pounds clinched a 32-21 victory for visiting Old Mill in a battle of state champs in a gym jam-packed by more than 2,000 in Gambrills last night.Old Mill's 112-pound Dwayne Jones scored a 15-13 upset of sixth-ranked Shannon Webber early on, and teammate Dave Kim won a 3-2 heavyweight upset over third-ranked Jeff Blachly to cap off the victory for Old Mill (13-0), ranked No. 2 by The Sun and No. 3 in the state.Old Mill is defending Anne Arundel County, region and state duals champ, and Arundel, ranked No. 3 in The Sun and No. 4 in the state, won all three of those titles in the open tournament format.
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | February 22, 1998
The season just keeps getting better and better for Old Mill.Regular-season county champs one week, dual-meet state champs the next. And then there was last night, when the No. 5 Patriots continued their incredible ride with their 10th Anne Arundel County Tournament Championship, sneaking past No. 6 Arundel, 209.5-205.5.There were 390 individual matches in the two-day tournament at Chesapeake High and it came down to the final minute of the final period of the final match, with Northeast heavyweight Jim Taylor catching Arundel's Jeff Blachly in a cradle to come away with a 4-3 decision.
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February 17, 1998
Chris CombsOld MillWrestlingCombs outscored four 119-pound opponents, 33-4, in leading Old Mill to the Class 3A-4A State Duals Championship. The junior defeated Bobby Biden (Westminster), a three-time county and regional champion, 9-2, in the finals.
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By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF | February 11, 1998
The spotlight is on the mat this day as the dual-meet wrestling regionals begin at 5: 30 p.m., with finals starting about 7: 30 p.m.Fifth-ranked Old Mill (12-1) takes on Meade (10-3), and No. 6-ranked Arundel (13-1) faces No. 14 Northeast (12-3) in the Class 3A-4A East regional at Old Mill.Southern-Harwood (12-5) goes against Kent in the Class 1A-2A East regional at Kent in Worton, on the Eastern Shore.The single-elimination state dual-meet tourney will be held Saturday at Frederick High.
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By Jeff Seidel and Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 28, 1998
For No. 7-ranked Old Mill, the lightweights did much of the heavy work last night against visiting Southern. The Patriots got five pins in winning the first seven matches and clinched the 51-9 victory over Southern before the Bulldogs could score a point.Adam DeCosmo (103), Eric Hill (119), Chris DeAdder (125), Josh Liston (130) and Rich Sampson (145) all scored pins, while Dave Hicks (135) got a technical fall and Chris Combs (112) beat fellow state champion Nick Alley, 7-1.The Patriots (8-1, 8-0)
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | January 19, 1996
State champ Mike DiLeonardi, state runners-up Mike Hines and Nick Basta, and Basta's brother Dave, four former wrestlers who helped Old Mill win a state-record six championships, could hardly stomach seeing their former teammates lose twice in a night.They saw the No. 14 Patriots (4-3, 4-1) get bounced, 39-20, by unranked North Carroll (5-1), and routed, 43-15, by No. 12 Arundel (6-2, 5-1) -- the latter being the Wildcats' first win over the Patriots since 1988.Old Mill's only double winners were Chris Combs (103, 16-2)
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | December 3, 1997
For Old Mill's Chris Combs and Southern's Nick Alley -- Anne Arundel's two returning state wrestling champions -- their success starts with a simple ingredient: hard work.It means wrestling throughout the year, constantly lifting weights, running to build endurance and not cutting a single corner in the practice room."You can't mess around or you'll lose your edge and it can cost you a match," Alley said.Their reward comes when the referee raises their hands in victory, which happened plenty for both last season and promises to continue once again this year.
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