Marty Kusick wins national wrestling title


Marty Kusick, Northeast's three-time state champ at 103 pounds, routed Oklahoma's Bubba McCullough, 11-2, to become the state's third National High School champion Sunday night at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

Kusick, whose high school career record is 135-2, was among eight Maryland wrestlers -- six from the area -- to place among the top eight and earn All-America honors in the sixth annual National High School championships.

The others from the area were Danny DeVivo of Mount St. Joseph, runner-up at 160, and Marty's twin brother Mike, who finished fourth at 112.

Placing sixth were Francis Scott Key's Randy Owings (130) and Francis Scott Key's Zac Yinger (145). Mount St. Joseph's David Inkman (135) was seventh.

"This was a great tournament for me," said Kusick, who outscored his four opponents by a combined 47-5. "It's great to be considered the best in the nation at my weight class."

Marty, a state runner-up as a freshman, joins former All-Metro Wrestler of the Year Gene Curran (Curley, 1990) and Walter Reed Jr. (Southwestern, 1991) as the state's only national champs.

DeVivo (152-13 for his career) lost 3-1 to Kevin Welsh of Ohio on a takedown with 20 seconds left, and Mike Kusick went 4-2 overall, losing 11-3 to eventual champ Teague Moore of Pennsylvania.

Yinger (3-3) pinned three of his six opponents to reach the semifinals, where he lost 9-5 to Indiana's Vernon Cannon, who was a 3-1 loser to South Dakota's Corey Waldman in the title bout.

Inkman (4-2) lost his quarterfinal 12-6 to Indiana's eventual champ, Chad Kerr, and Owings (4-3) dropped three close decisions.

Maryland's fourth-place finish -- Ohio was first -- out of the 46 states was an improvement on its previous best finish, fifth in 1993.

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