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1998-99 Baltimore County wrestling previews

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Public schools

Catonsville Comets

1997-98 record: 8-5

Coach: Doug Campbell

Top wrestlers: Wayne Wilson, Sr., 112; Leonard Jovenal, Sr., 160; Won Hill, Jr., 130; John Michner, Jr., 145; Doug McClain, Jr., 119

Outlook: A turnout of 33 wrestlers included six of last season's starters. The Comets' strength is in the lower weights. Wilson was third at regions.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1997-98 record: Unavailable

Coach: Marvin Briscoe

Top wrestlers: Will Hovel, Sr., 171; Dominic Williamson, Fr., 135; Jeff Hammond, Jr., 145

Outlook: "I'm focusing on building a good rapport with the kids, building for the future," said Briscoe, who has just 13 wrestlers.

Dundalk Owls

1997-98 record: 4-7

Coach: Bob Hutsler

Top wrestlers: Steve Swedo, Sr., 171; Anthony Grasso, Sr., 125; Rob Holbrook, Jr., 119; Dave King, Jr., 160; Dave Poling, So., 152

Outlook: With 30 wrestlers, the Owls appear to be putting forward a full team "for the first time in a long while," Hutsler said. Holbrook was fourth at counties.

Dulaney Lions

1997-98 record: 11-3

Coach: Desi McNelis

Top wrestlers: Mike Hartzell, Sr., 135; Kevin Coors, Sr., 189; Adam Fields, Sr., 160; Mike Winters, Jr., 125; Steve Kwon, Jr., 135; Rob Leonard, Jr., 152

Outlook: Among eight returning starters for McNelis, who coached St. Paul's to a private-schools state title last season, are Winters (third at counties) and Hartzell and Fields, both third at regions.

Eastern Tech Mavericks

1997-98 record: 9-5

Coach: Joe Gast

Top wrestlers: Wes Woodard, Sr., 145; Travis Shirkey, Jr., 103; Eric Stark, Jr., 119; Nick Adams, Jr., 171; Lenny Swiger, Jr., 189; Josh Fortner, Jr., hwt., Kevin Cross, Jr., 152; Justin Birchfield, Jr., 135

Outlook: Gast hopes to capitalize on wrestlers up from last season's JV, which won the Baltimore County title. Woodard (third counties, second regions) leads a team with four returnees, three junior-league wrestlers, and two JV champs.

Franklin Indians

1997-98 record: 13-3

Coach: Scott Delpo

Top wrestlers: Joe Landsman, Sr., 152; John Schuster, Sr., 189; Stan Wagner, Jr., 119; Ryan Ridgely, Jr., 135; Luke Mays, So., 140; Andy Schuster, So., 171; Sam Mays, Fr., 145; Matt Schuster, Fr., 103

Outlook: Wagner, John Schuster, Luke Mays and Landsman were all in the top four at last season's counties and regions. Joining them are Matt Schuster and Sam Mays, recreation-league state champs last season. Andy Shuster was third at junior-league states.

Hereford Bulls

1997-98 record: 8-5

Coach: Brett Baier

Top wrestlers: C. J. Feldheim, Jr., 189; Eric Herzberg, Jr., 125; Jeff Epps, Jr., 112; Todd Yates, Jr., 145; Todd Leitzel, So., 130

Outlook: With only one senior and lots of balance, the Bulls will be better in dual meets than in tournaments. "We have a steady turnout of 40 kids, so we're solid, but next year will be the big year," Baier said.

Kenwood Bluebirds

1997-98 record: 6-10

Coach: Len Patrick

Top wrestlers: Ray Brown, Sr., 152; John Bornman, Jr., 125; Jeremy Neisser, Jr., 119; Patrick Leap, So., 103

Outlook: Assuming no injuries and with four starters back, Patrick is aiming at a .500 season.

Lansdowne Vikings

1997-98 record: 6-8

Coach: Randy Biden

L Top wrestlers: Ed Amoroso, Sr., hwt.; James Hartis, Jr., 145

Outlook: Biden, a former Westminster assistant, takes over and hopes to take his 22 wrestlers to a higher level.

Loch Raven Raiders

1997-98 record: 7-7

Coach: Keith Norris

Top wrestlers: Greg Walker, Sr., hwt.; Adam Carroll, Sr., 145-152; Jason Deyo, Sr., 160

Outlook: Walker, third at counties and first at regions last year, won last weekend's North East Tournament. He is among 10 returning starters.

Milford Mill

1997-98 record: 8-7

Coach: Brian Layman

Top wrestlers: Nick Lambert, Sr., 135; Reggie Johnson, Jr., 119-125; William Morton, So., 103-112

Outlook: Layman returned six starters among his 13 wrestlers and is aiming at .500.

Overlea Falcons

1997-98 record: 13-3

Coach: Bruce Malinowski

Top wrestlers: Derrick Oxendine, Sr., 152; Justin Mitchell, Sr., 189; Alfred Clark, Jr., 112; James Laubach, So., 135; Jason Laubach, So., 125; Mike Banks, Jr., hwt.

Outlook: Overlea won the county and region titles last season, and both Oxendine and Jason Laubach were county and region champs. Mitchell (county runner-up, region champ) and James Laubach (region runner-up) add depth, as does Clark (third at counties).

Owings Mills

1997-98 record: 25-2

Coach: Guy Pritzker

Top wrestlers: Drew Bowers, Sr., 135; Kenny Ricker, Sr., 171; Matt Summerlein, Sr., 160; Ryan Pritzker, Sr., 145; Harris Kaplan, 125; Justin Myers, Sr., 140; Scott Silverstein, Jr., 112; Clayton Arnold, Fr., 103

Outlook: Pritzker won his fifth straight Class 1A-2A duals region crown last year and goes for his 200th career win vs. Western tonight. Two-time region champ Bowers, region champ Matt Summerlein, Myers (region runner-up), Ricker (third region) and Silverstein (fourth region) all qualified for states. Kaplan (22 wins) and Ryan Pritzker (20 wins) look to improve. Arnold was a junior league runner-up.

Parkville Knights

1997-98 record: 7-7

Coach: Joe Passalacqua

Top wrestlers: Gary Burkhardt, Sr., 152; Ray Ihle, Jr., 135

Outlook: The Knights return six starters among 21 wrestlers and are close to filling every weight class. Burkhardt was a county runner-up; Ihle was fourth.

Patapsco Patriots

1997-98 record: 9-5

Coach: Dave Ingle

Top wrestlers: Bill Hook, Sr., hwt.; Joe Bena, Sr., 171; John Jacobs, Sr., 189; Tim Brinegar, Sr., 140; Scott Thompson, Jr., 145

Outlook: Ranked fourth in the state, Hook (36 pins last season) was first at counties, second at regions and third at states. Bena was second, second and fourth. Jacobs was third at counties. Brinegar (19 wins) and Thompson, a JV champ, add middleweight strength.

Perry Hall Gators

1997-98 record: 6-6

Coach: Bob Kucharski

Top wrestlers: Tim Kucharski, Jr., 112; Chris Pike, Jr., 145; Jeff Gorham, Jr., 152; Ryan Rose, So., 140

Outlook: Four starters are back, and Rose and Gorham were JV champs last season. "All the weights are filled, and it's getting better every day," Kucharski said.

Pikesville Panthers

1997-98 record: 6-7

Coach: Joel Weber

Top wrestlers: Ben Hall, Sr., 189; Jerry Zayetz, Sr., 140; Justin Schumer, Jr., 135

Outlook: Hall, the only returning starter, is ranked fourth in the state. At the state tournament, Hall lost identical 8-3 decisions to the first- and third-place finishers. JV runner-up Schumer moves up.

Randallstown Rams

1997-98 record: 2-10

Coach: Ryan Nunamaker

Top wrestlers: Kevin Bailey, Jr., 119; Ryan Chatman, Jr., 160

Outlook: Nunamaker raised his turnout to 17 by recruiting some football players, most underclassmen who have never wrestled.

Sparrows Point Pointers

1997-98 record: 9-5

Coach: Bill Weber

Top wrestlers: Steve Loverde, Sr., 135; Darryl Maggio, Sr., 125; Mike Keener, Sr., 171; Robert Hart, Jr., 112; Mike Weber, Fr., 103

Outlook: The Pointers have a full lineup and talent, including Mike Weber, a junior-league state runner-up last season.

Towson Generals

1997-98 record: 8-6

Coach: Glen Hyman

Top wrestlers: John Narlis, Sr., 112; Andy Norris, Sr., 130

Outlook: Ranked No. 2 in the state, Narlis was county and region champ and third at states last year. Norris was second at counties and third at regions. "We have more quality and less holes than last year," Hyman said.

Western Tech Wolverines

1997-98 record: Unavailable

Coach: Brian Davison

Top wrestlers: Chris Rouser, Sr., 125

Outlook: Rouser, third in the county and fourth at regions, is considered "the best prospect" by Davison, who has 36 wrestlers.

Woodlawn Warriors

1997-98 record: 2-13

Coach: Greg Holmes

Top wrestlers: Pharoah Edwards, Soph., hwt.

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Outlook: Four returning starters are among 20 wrestlers.

Private schools

Boys' Latin Lakers

1997-98 record: 5-5

Coach: Drew Haugh

Top wrestlers: Rob Arnold, Sr., 160; Flip McKenzie, Sr., 130; Will Becker, Sr., 135; Mitch Owens, Sr., 140; Matt Hartman, Sr., 152; Dan Berger, Jr., 145; Brandon Carver, Jr., hwt.; Kevin Nash, Jr., 119

Outlook: The Lakers are a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association sleeper. Arnold, ranked No. 6 in the state, was an MIAA runner-up last winter. Owens, Carver, Friskey and McKenzie all finished fourth. Friskey and Arnold were fourth at states. Carver, fifth at National Preps, recently split bouts with St. Paul's Nick Alevrogiannis, fourth at states.

Calvert Hall Cardinals

1997-98 record: 21-2

Coach: Henry Franklin

Top wrestlers: Chris Knox, Sr., 112; Tony Russo, Sr., 145; Derek Michalowski, Sr., 119; Chris Tucker, Sr., 103; Kevin King, So., 125; Zach Mryncza, Fr., 130

Outlook: The Cardinals, defending MIAA champs and runners-up last season in the state private-schools tournament, return Knox and Russo, each a defending MIAA and private-schools state champ. King was fourth at MIAAs, and Mryncza, third at junior-league states.

Loyola Dons

1997-98 record: 16-4

Coach: Dennis Frazier

Top wrestlers: Tony Delauney, Sr., 171; Bill Rovito, Sr., 135; Kevin Ford, Sr., 160; Rob Collins, Jr., 189; Mike Waldron, So., 145; Danny Natterman, So., 103

Outlook: Natterman, ranked No. 4 in the state, Delauney and Rovito are among nine returning starters. Natterman won at the Annapolis Tournament; Delauney was third, Rovito fourth.

McDonogh Eagles

1997-98 record: 11-5

Coach: Pete Welch

Top wrestlers: Joe Rosenbaum, Sr., 171; Andy Seal, Sr., 160; Jameel Day, Sr., hwt., Chris Zuk, Jr., 152; Steve Chester, So., 125; Zak Johns, Fr., 103

Outlook: Rosenbaum was third at the private-schools state tournament. Seal was a runner-up at MIAAs and states. Chester was third at MIAAs and states, and Day, fourth at MIAAs. Johns won his second straight junior-league state title last season.

St. Paul's Crusaders

1997-98 record: 13-9

Coach: Rex Snyder

Top wrestlers: Nick Alevrogiannis, Sr., hwt.; Denny Henderson, Sr., 145; Robbie Roose, Jr., 140; Lee Penno, Jr., 160

Outlook: Returning for the MIAA B Division state champs are Alevrogiannis, third at MIAAs and fourth finisher at states. Roose fTC and Henderson were fifth at states, where Henderson pinned five opponents for the "most pins" award. Alevrogiannis won the season-opening Archbishop Curley tournament for the second straight year; Roose and Penno were fourth.

Pub Date: 12/10/98

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