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Oakland Mills' Seidman wins respect


Two years ago, Adam Seidman, a 119-pound freshman wrestler for Oakland Mills, sat adjacent to his father, Jerry, in the bleachers after pulling the upset of the Arundel Invitational tournament.

He nearly pinned C. Milton Wright's sixth-ranked Gary Reinhart in an 8-2 semifinal victory that didn't earn him a ranking. It did, however, earn him a spanking: DeMatha's No. 2-ranked senior John Allman throttled him, 16-1, in the finals.

"They ought to call you Rodney [Dangerfield]," Jerry said to his son, "because you get no respect."

Saturday, however, the fifth-ranked Seidman (135, a 14-1 record) was capturing his second consecutive Arundel tournament crown, pacing the Scorpions (104 points) to a third-place finish behind Quince Orchard (186.5), ranked No. 2 by the Maryland State Wrestling Association, and Newark's (N.J.) St. Benedict's (175), a three-time B classification state champion.

Annapolis (78 points, sixth), The Sun's fifth-ranked team, was paced by second-ranked Chip Cochran (152, 14-1), the returning county and regional champion, who handed McDonough's fifth-ranked Chris Hawkins (12-1) his first loss, 7-3. Sixth-place Arundel (66) had a champion in fourth-ranked Phil Meenan (103, 12-1), who scored two pins and a major decision.

Seidman's teammate, top-ranked Monte Spencer (14-1), the defending state champion, faced an old adversary, Quince Orchard's No. 2-ranked Dave Vernier (17-1). Spencer had beaten Vernier, 2-1, for his state title last year and edged him, 5-3, in an overtime title bout at Lackey, but this time fell, 3-2, in overtime.

In a quad-meet at Montgomery County's No. 6 Bullis Prep, No. 2 Mount St. Joseph (4-1), ranked No. 4 by the MSWA, walloped the MSWA's No. 2-ranked Riverdale Baptist, 36-20, edged the hosts, 36-34, and dropped a 39-24 decision to perennial Pennsylvania power, Bethlehem Catholic.

Top-ranked junior Kevin Neville (152, 18-2) and fifth-ranked Chad Votta (140, 17-1) led the way with two pins and a decision each, and McCarthy (135, 15-4) also went 3-0. Sixth-ranked freshman Danny DeViVo (145, 19-4) avenged an earlier loss to Riverdale Baptist's fifth-ranked Randy DeHaven, 4-2, and junior heavyweight Dave Sunderland was 2-0.

"I was concerned," said Gaels coach Paul Triplett. "But they always rise to the occasion."

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