Boys' Latin Lakers
1995-96 record: 8-4
Coach: Jimmy Currie
Top wrestlers: Colby Cox, Sr., 189; Noel Spector, Sr., 171; Gary Colbert, Sr., 140-145; Brian Berger, Sr., 135; Jason Leneau, Jr., 160; Gordy Worcester, Jr., 152; Robert Arnold, Jr., 125; Baron Scarlett, Jr., 130; Brandon Carver, Fr., Hwt.; Henry Friskey, 103; Danny Berger, Fr., 119; Matt Hartman, Fr., 140.
Outlook: Leneau (29-1), one of eight returning starters, was MIAA and state champ as well as National Prep runner-up. Arnold and Colbert were MIAA runners-up -- with Arnold also placing third at states -- and Brian Berger, fourth at MIAAs. Cox was fourth at states, and Friskey, Hartman and Danny Berger were solid junior leaguers.
1995-96 record: 10-7
Coach: John Leslie
Top wrestlers: Sean Gray, Sr., 112-119; Shane Taylor, Sr., 119-125; Andy Thompson, Sr., 125-130; Chuck Ice, Sr., 130-135; James Roussy, Sr., 160; Solomon Jovenal, Jr., 171.
Outlook: Thompson was third in the county a year ago, when the Comets had their first state champion since 1974 and nearly upset Dulaney. "I don't think we have the depth of some teams, but we'll give everyone a good match," Leslie said.
Calvert Hall Cardinals
1995-96 record: 14-8
Coach: Henry Franklin
Top wrestlers: Pete Angelone, Sr., 135; Mike Light, Jr., 152; Leonard Monfredo, Jr., 160; Chris Hanlon, Jr., 112; Rob Johns, Jr., 130; Sean Kelly, Jr., 171; Tony Russo, So., 119.
Outlook: Even though three of last year's wrestlers did not come out, Franklin has a dangerous team. Johns was MIAA champ and third at states, Hanlon was MIAA and state runner-up. Russo (fourth MIAAs), Light, Monfredo and Angelone are all much improved.
Carver A&T; Wildcats
1995-96 record: 1-12
Coach: Pete Skeels
Top wrestlers: Andy Oram, Sr., 140; Rob Rossi, Sr., 171-189; Bob Dema, Sr., 152.
Outlook: With just 13 wrestlers out, the Wildcats won't field a full team, and Skeels is concentrating on daily improvement and individual achievement.
1995-96 record: 3-11
Coach: Todd Abramowitz
Top wrestlers: Tony Vest, Sr., 160; Matt Buchacz, Sr., 171; Eddie Andrews, Jr., 135; Mike Hitt, Jr., 119.
Outlook: Only 16 turned out, three of them returning starters. "I don't have a full team, but individually, we have some real competitors," Abramowitz said.
1995-96 record: 14-2
Coach: Pete Chakmakis
Top wrestlers: Ryan Frost, Sr., Hwt.; Justin Tagg, Sr., 171; Joe Kane, Sr., 189; Rich Koors, Sr., 160; Mark Twardzik, Sr., 125; Matt Bulloch, Jr., 140; Tom McGinley, Jr., 119; Mike Hwang, Jr., 125; Peter Rinehart, Jr., 152; Phillip Bramugy, Jr., 135; Chris Knox, So., 103.
Outlook: Frost (third region) is among a good crop of talent back from last year's county tournament runners-up. Throw in Knox, a junior-league state champ, Bramugy, a JV runner-up, and Rinehart, a third place JV finisher, and Chakmakis has a team to watch.
1995-96 record: 9-4
Coach: Bob Hutsler
Top wrestlers: Travis Williams, Sr., 140-145; James Rosario, Sr., 135; Brian Laruso, Sr., 171; Bob Lader, Sr., 152; Rich Reesey, Jr., 112-119; Dominic Campber, Jr., 130; Everett Stapleton, Jr., 189.
Outlook: Dan Simancek, the Owls' second state champ, has graduated, but plenty of talent returns. Region runners-up Reesey (31-5, first county, sixth state) and Williams (26-6, third county) lead the way, but Lader, a transfer from Archbishop Curley, is a sound addition.
Eastern Tech Mavericks
1995-96 record: 10-2
Coach: Joe Gast
Top wrestlers: Jamie Blankenship, Sr., 189; Larry Jaski, Sr., Hwt.; Jason Roberts, Sr., 135; Dave Woodward, Sr., 152; Julius Franks, Sr., 171; Demetrius Gourgoulianus, Jr., 112-119; Hector Santana, 160; Wes Woodward, So., 140.
Outlook: Blankenship (26-5), one of eight starters back, drops from heavyweight, where he was a county and region runner-up. Gourgoulianus (24-7) was third in the county and fourth in the region, Santana (22-9) was fourth in the region, and Woodward and Roberts were each fifth in the county.
1995-96 record: 6-6
Coach: Scott Delpo
Top wrestlers: Tim Groszkowski, Sr., 145-152.
Outlook: Groszkowski (23-7) was second in the county and fourth in the region, but after him, Delpo's rebuilding, he says.
1995-96 record: 8-5
Coach: Brett Baeir
Top wrestlers: Ben Copenhaver, Sr., 140-145; Carl Yelton, Sr., 171; Pat Curtis, Jr., 130; Dan Comer, Jr., 145; Jason Murphy, Jr., Hwt.; Jeff Epps, Fr., 103.
Outlook: Yelton (fifth region) is the Bulls' highest returning place-finisher, but first-year coach Baeir has Epps, a junior leaguer, and some talent to work with.
1995-96 record: 11-3
Coach: Len Patrick
Top wrestlers: Chuck Jones, Sr., 130; Dominic Baker, Sr., 171; John Monck, Sr., 145; Eric Thompson, Jr., Hwt.; Brian Mallory, Jr., 189; Matt Myrick, Jr., 160; Chris Lamb, Jr., 152; Shaun Burkowski, Jr., 140; Ryan Schultz, Jr., 135; Shawn Halpin, Jr., 119; Sean Adam, So., 112.
Outlook: This team would be better than last year's if eligibility problems hadn't eliminated two of the better returning wrestlers. But All-Metro Jones (33-2, 27 pins) returns after winning county and region tittles and finishing third at states, along with Mallory (23-6), a county and region runner-up who tops a corps of tough upper-weights. Lamb was JV county champ.
1995-96 record: 7-7
Coach: Tom Ohler
Top wrestlers: Grant Ohler, Sr., 135; Val Schaefer, Sr., 171; Chuck Burns, Jr., 189; Phil Schaefer, So., 152.
Outlook: County champ Ohler, the coach's son, was 24-2 last year. Phil Schaefer was fourth in the JV counties, and Burns, third JV.
Loch Raven Raiders
1995-96 record: 7-7
Coach: Anthony Menegatti
Top wrestlers: Seung Yang, Sr., 130; Josh Phillips, Sr., 145; Phil Sharp, Sr., 160; Bernie Kim, Jr., 119; Josh Harless, Jr., 125; Shawn Brown, Jr., 152.
Outlook: The Raiders return no superstars, but have a balanced team of veterans. "We have some holes, but we're pretty solid through the middle of the lineup," said Menegatti.
1995-96 record: 10-4
Coach: Dennis Frazier
Top wrestlers: Keith Lilly, Sr., 140; Pat Brannan, Jr., 189; Greg Miller, Jr., 135; Rob Barnwell, So., 125; Chris Ackerman, So., 119; Corey Eck, So., 112.
Outlook: Lilly (fourth MIAAs, fourth states) won 28 bouts, Miller won 25, and Eck won 20. They are among seven returning starters to a young but experienced team.
1995-96 record: 11-3
Coach: Pete Welch
Top wrestlers: Phil Rosenbaum, Sr., 189; Joe Smith, Sr., 130; Pete Mitchell, Sr.; Will Filbert, Jr., 103; Pat Jacobs, Jr., 119; Matt Burns, Jr., 125; Andy Seal, So., 140-145; Joe Rosenbaum, So., 160-171; Tony Esposito, So., 145.
Outlook: Nine starters are back, but only four are consistent winners. Filbert (first MIAAs, first states) and Smith (second MIAAs, second states) are the best. Seal and Phil Rosenbaum each were fourth in both the MIAAs and states. The Eagles are a decent dual-meet team but won't be as good in tournaments unless others step up.
Milford Mill Millers
1995-96 record: 3-11
Coach: Tyrell Gordon
Top wrestlers: Greg Forbes, Sr., 189; John McQuay, Sr., 119; Jumoke Ajunku, Jr., 152; Daniel Miller, Jr., 140; Dezi Franklin, So., Outlook: County, region and state champ Forbes (26-1) returns, along with 26 wrestlers for a full team. Franklin brings solid junior-league experience.
1995-96 record: 13-3
Coach: Bruce Malinowski
Top wrestlers: Terry Lawson, Jr., 171; Scott Leubben, Sr., Hwt.
Outlook: Lawson (27-8) was third in both the county and region, and Leubben, fifth in the county. After that, "it's like, if we hit .500, we'll be happy," Malinowski said.
Owings Mills Eagles
1995-96 record: 18-1
Coach: Guy Pritzker
Top wrestlers: Steve Kessler, Sr., 152-160; Ari Dolid, Sr., 140-145; Anthony Smith, Sr., Hwt., Haden Myers, Sr., 171-189; Nick Noelte, Sr., 140; Steve Kellner, Sr., 125; James Soliz, Jr., 160; Drew Bowers, So., 135; Justin Hansen, So., 130; Richie Frieman, So., 140; Ryan Pritzker, So., 119; Justin Rafael, So., 160; Ike Himowitz, So., 171.
Outlook: One state place-winner is ineligible, but plenty more -- including seven other state qualifiers -- return. Kessler (109-0 career) is looking to become the state's second four-time champion (the first to go a career undefeated). Dolid (32-4) was county and state runner-up and a region champ. Smith (34-4) was a county and region champ and fourth at states, Kellner (29-7) was a region champ and county runner-up, and Bowers was a county and region runner-up and fourth at states. Noelte was a region runner-up.
1995-96 record: 3-9
Coach: Joe Passalacqua
Top wrestlers: Hanibal Otey, Sr., 171; Brandon Pollock, Jr., Hwt.; Fred Jogereit, Jr., 112; David Heath, Jr., 119; Tim Myers, Jr., 135; Gary Burkhahrdt, So., 145.
Outlook: The Knights return six starters and should improve, Passalacqua said.
1995-96 record: 4-10
Coach: Dave Ingle
Top wrestlers: Jason Tyler, Sr., 145-160; Mark Lasek, Sr., 152; Andy Balius, Sr., 125; Nate Sater, Jr., 119; Bill Hook, So., Hwt.; Joe Bena, So., 171.
Outlook: The Patriots return six regional qualifiers, led by Lasek (24-9), who was third in the county and second in the region). Hook and Bena were JV county runners-up on a team that finished four points behind winner Owings Mills.
Perry Hall Gators
1995-96 record: 7-5
Coach: Bobby Kucharski
Top wrestlers: Nick Sidiropoulos, Sr., 135; Dwayne Joseph, Sr., 152; Matt Kucharski, Jr., 125; Brian Hanschulager, Jr., 189; Travis Franks, So., 152; Matt Fleischer, So., 130; Tim Kucharski, Fr., 103.
Outlook: Sidiropoulos (27-10) was county runner-up and third in the region, and has to be a leader on a youthful squad.
1995-96 record: 10-3
Coach: Joel Webber
Top wrestlers: Hale Shilling, Sr., 119-130; Jason Webber, Sr., 152-171; David Stysley, Sr., Hwt.; Steve Golob, Jr., 152-171; Nathan Rosenberg, Jr., 119-130; Jonathan Webber, Jr., 145-152; Keith Attman, Jr., 140; Andy Attman, Jr., 135.
Outlook: Golob (29-5) was a county and region runner-up, and Shilling (24-9) was third in the region. They're part of a solid
returning group that's bolstered by the Attman brothers, Keith (first JV counties) and Andy (second JV couties).
1995-96 record: 1-11
Coach: Robert Cephas
Top wrestlers: Manny Robeson-El, Sr., 160; Dirrick Randall, Jr., 135.
Outlook: The first-year coach is working on fielding a full team with 15 wrestlers out, five of whom are freshmen, and is encouraged by the overall work ethic.
Sparrows Point Pointers
1995-96 record: 8-6
Coach: Bob Crandell
Top wrestlers: Mike Young, Sr., 130; Tommy Free, Sr., 125-130; Nate Dryden, Sr., 189; Matt Donahue, Sr., 135; Billy Weber, Jr., 112; Jason Plienis, Jr., Hwt.; Steve Loverde, So., 119.
Outlook: The Pointers return state place-winners Young (35-1, first in the county, regions and states), Free (36-2, winner of his third county and region crowns, fifth in states), and Weber (27-9, second at regions, fourth at states).
St. Paul's Crusaders
1995-96 record: 1-9
Coach: Desi McNelis
Top wrestlers: Mike Kernan, Sr., 171; Lee Reithlingshoefer, Sr., 145; J.R. Haas, Sr., 160; Keith Helman, Jr., 140; Denny Henderson, So., 130.
Outlook: State runner-up Kernan (third MIAAs) is the closest thing to a standout the Crusaders have. "We're solid from 119-to-160" and should improve, McNelis said.
1995-96 record: 6-7
Coach: Glen Hyman
Top wrestlers: Jeff Paul, Sr., 171; Darron Mason, Jr., 160; John Narlis, So., 103.
Outlook: Narlis (fourth region), Mason (fourth region) and Paul (fourth county, fifth region) are the best in a roomful of "scrappers," said Hyman. "We have 40 kids out and some experience."
1995-96 record: 3-11
Coach: Gregory Holmes
Top wrestlers: Andre Parker, Sr., 140; Santana Gordon, Sr., 135; David Lampkin, Sr., 160; Derek Newkirk, Jr., Hwt.; Nicholas Sweet, Jr., 189.
Outlook: Lampkin and Gordon are returning regional qualifiers, and Holmes is looking to them for leadership on a team that has 11 wrestlers.
Pub Date: 12/08/96