Inexperience, lack of athletes hamper Vikings


Mount Hebron's wrestling team needs capable, beefy bodies.

Of the 13 weight classes, they will forfeit at least four -- primarily in the heavier weights -- because they lack wrestlers to fill them.

If the season-opening tri-match is an indication, this will be a long season for Mount Hebron. The Vikings forfeited four spots in a 56-18 loss to Fallston and a 47-21 loss to Perryville on Wednesday. A forfeit is worth six points.

"If you look at our matches, we're usually competitive," said Jeff Quinn, the Vikings' fifth coach in as many years. "The problem is we're giving up 24 points right away. We can not win a match by doing that."

With the graduation of Scott Cooper, a two-time Howard County champ, Quinn lacks a standout wrestler.

The team also is inexperienced, with six freshmen, nine sophomores and 12 first-year wrestlers among 23 competitors.

The co-captains are senior Matt Fadrowski (152 pounds) and junior Pete Thomas, who will alternate with junior Brian Cugle at 125 and 130.

Fadrowski, however, is one of several Vikings with bronchitis and will be out indefinitely, said Quinn, the junior-varsity coach last year.

Sophomore Devon Runion (189), junior B. J. Bartucca (140) and seniors Mark Pearson (145) and Pat Donahue (160) round out the filled spots.

Bartucca pinned two opponents in the season-opening tri-match, and Pearson had a pin and a 6-5 decision.

Two of the open classes are 171 and heavyweight, which Runion sometimes will compete in.

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