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No. 3 Old Mill defeats Arundel for 9th Region IV championship


Last weekend at South River, No. 3 Old Mill captured its ninth Anne Arundel County wrestling title, edging No. 6 runner-up Northeast.

Saturday night at Meade, the four-time, 4A-3A state champion Patriots (204 points) added their ninth Region IV crown, beating No. 13 Arundel (116) and the rest of a 20-team field.

In a 15-team, 2A-1A Region III at Hammond, Northeast (157) routed No. 7 Hammond (112.5) for 23-year coach Al Kohlhafer's fourth regional crown.

In the National Prep tournament at Lehigh University, DeMatha's top-ranked Todd Beckerman (103, 52-1, 42 pins) and Mount St. Joseph's third-ranked Shane McCarthy (145, 37-2) were individual champs. McCarthy, of Pasadena, had two pins among five victories as the Gaels won the crown.

Beckerman, of Crofton, won the award for the most falls with four in a combined 5:54 and a technical fall for fourth-place DeMatha. DeMatha's Jerry Sloan, also of Crofton, was third.

Old Mill (12-1) qualified 10 of 12 wrestlers with six champions for next weekend's state tournament at Western Maryland College. Northeast (12-1) will send nine, with six champs. Southern (47 points, seventh) will send three from Region III.

Five of the Patriots' six champs -- Jason Bryant (103), Rick Oleszczuk (135), Ken Seavey (140), Todd Hultgren (152) and Marc Procaccini (160) -- added regional crowns to county titles they won last week.

Ken's twin brother, Kevin (130) edged Walbrook's Baltimore City champ, George Chandler (26-2), 6-5. Ken pinned Walbrook's Baltimore City champ, Mark Hollingsworth.

Bryant rolled with two pins and a technical fall. But sixth-ranked Oleszczuk (26-3) had a tougher path, beating Howard County champ, Bill Chedester (Centennial), 11-2, Baltimore City runner-up Kevin Muldrow (Walbrook), 9-4, and North County's Dave Thomas, 2-0.

No. 5 seed Thomas (20-6) had upset No. 4-seeded Preston Murfin (Howard), 16-1, and Edmondson's No. 1-seeded Baltimore City champ, Maurice Simmons (22-2), 6-3.

Hultgren won, 10-1, over Howard's top-seeded John Wiland, and Procaccini's second straight regional crown came by 12-6 over last year's runner-up, Jason Mackey (Queen Anne's).

Northeast's county champion Kusick twins, No. 2-ranked Marty (103) and No. 4-ranked Mike (112), along with Al Grunder (160), won their second straight regional titles. The Eagles' other champs were Steve Smiddy (130), Matt Jewer (135) and Jason Grunder (145).

Among three wins for Southern's champ, Tyrone Neal Jr. (119), was an 8-0 decision of Howard County runner-up Dan Proulx (Hammond). Al Grunder edged Baltimore City runner-up Martius Harding (Dunbar), 4-3, and pounded Howard County champ, Shawn Chaconas, 10-4.

Before losing his title bout, 2-0, to sixth-ranked Montgomery County champ, John King (Rockville), Northeast's county runner-up, Bill Katzenberger (152) edged Howard County runner-up, Geoff Henderson (Oakland Mills), 2-0, and Forest Park's MSA champ, Pierre Ford (29-1), 7-4.

Marty Kusick beat Howard County champ, Juri Freeman (Oakland Mills), 10-2, with a title bout technical fall over Montgomery County runner-up Randy Pickett (Damascus).

Mike Kusick's two technical falls included one over Dunbar's fourth-ranked Bruce Pendles (26-2).

Smiddy's 1-0 semifinal win over Southern's Sherrard Neal (third) avenged his county title bout loss and evened the series between the wrestlers at 2. Smiddy beat Dunbar's Baltimore City runner-up, Armondo Thompson, for the title.

Jewer's title bout victory came by 7-3 over Southern's Harold Glenn, who bounced Howard County runner-up, Paul Crickard (Oakland Mills), 9-3, in the first round. Jason Grunder edged Montgomery County runner-up, Tim Barone (Rockville), 3-2, for his crown.

Of Arundel's six Region IV qualifiers, third-ranked county champ, Greg Booth (189) was the only champ, winning, 6-3, over Poly's Baltimore City runner-up, Rashaad Kitchen. Arundel heavyweight John Noon lost his title bout, 8-6, to Glen Burnie's Paul Musil.

Severna Park's county runner-up, Jamie Kuch (112, 23-6), was third in last year's regional, but earned the crown on two pins and a major decision.

Broadneck's fifth-ranked Charlie Bennett (119), a 125-pound county runner-up to Chesapeake's Ron Alexander last week, had a pin, a technical fall and an 8-2 title bout win over Arundel's Dan Waters.

Alexander (27-4, 12 pins) won a title bout, 15-10, over Queen Anne's sixth-ranked Jason Warnick (27-2, 22 pins) after trailing, 5-0. His teammate, Chuck McConnell, pinned two of three wrestlers for his crown.

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