Arundel impresses in tri-meet Wildcats rip Annapolis, Broadneck, scoring 9 pins


How impressive was host Arundel in last night's tri-meet with Broadneck and Annapolis? The No. 7 Wildcats (2-0) outscored nTC both teams by a combined 102-21 and had more pins (nine) than the visitors' combined wins (six).

Sophomore Jeff Blachley (189), a true 171-pounder who couldn't crack the lineup for last weekend's Meade Tournament, won a come-from-behind, 15-12 decision over senior Jesse Young, a sometime heavyweight and one of Broadneck's marquee wrestlers.

Heavyweight Jared Mason's decision defined an eight bouts-to-zero run in the Wildcats' 46-9 rout of the Bruins (who beat Annapolis, however), spoiling the coaching debut of Andy Claxton, a 1988 state champ at Broadneck.

"I was hoping to win at 135, 160, 189 and heavyweight, but it didn't happen," said Claxton. "This is a tough loss, but we'll get better by the end of the year."

Arundel led only 12-9 after five bouts, with first-period pins by Shannon Webber (103, 4-1) and Pat Ortman (119, 4-1). Broadneck had kept in it as Reese Donner (125) handed Greg Klingler (4-1) his first loss, 9-3, teammate Dave DeSabla edged Pat Ortman, 11-5, and Matt Ormsby (130) handed Brian Schroeder (4-1) his first loss, 7-6.

But the Wildcats ripped off six straight for a 40-9 lead, with a pin by Graham Harris (145, 5-0), a default win from Rob Connolly (160, 5-0), a forfeit to two-time state runner-up and fifth-ranked Isaac Haertel (5-0), a major decision by Greg Neidig (171, 4-1), and decisions by Wayne Nichols (135) and Nick Smith (140).

Arundel was silenced by county dual-champ Broadneck, 32-31, a year ago. And in a match that led to the Anne Arundel duals title, Nichols, one of three returning seniors, was a loser.

"I practiced really hard in the off-season," said Nichols, who was just over .500 last year. "I don't want to blow my last season."

Using two mats, Arundel nailed six pins in a 56-15 rout of Annapolis (0-2), which the Bruins (1-1) disposed of, 46-30, on five pins.

Annapolis' only double-winners were Nate Brooks (heavyweight) and the Hemminger twins, fifth-ranked Andrew (103, 6-0) -- coming off a win at the Annapolis Tournament -- and Dan (140). Dan pinned twice, and Andrew and Brooks once.

Pub Date: 12/11/96

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