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South Carroll facing Damascus tomorrow in state duals semifinal; Same lineup expected for unbeaten Cavaliers


It will be Damascus-South Carroll and Calvert-Arundel in the semifinals in the state Class 3A-4A dual-meet championships at Damascus High in northern Montgomery County tomorrow.

The Class 1A-2A pairings, which will follow the Class 3A-4A matches, will be Northern-Garrett vs. Overlea and Kent County vs. Hammond. Both championship events are scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

South Carroll (16-0) is expected to send out the same lineup that captured the North crown Wednesday by whipping Eastern Tech and North Carroll with the loss of only three bouts.

Although coach Pete Olson has moved his Cavaliers around in earlier matches, it is likely he will do things this way: 103 -- Kellen Weber (19-9); 112 -- Buddy Olson (11-6) or Dan Patterson (24-2), with the other going at 119; 125 -- Josh Wampler (14-13); 130 -- Bryan Hamper (24-4); 135 -- Kevin Clark (18-4); 140 -- Sean Douglas (13-10); 145 -- Jared Praniewicz (9-11); 152 -- Mike Muller (24-4); 160 -- Brad Mann (24-3); 171 -- Chris Currence (21-6); 189 -- Leroy Eyler (18-3); heavyweight -- Edwin Aponte-Rivera (10-7).

No. 4-ranked Arundel (13-1) is the surprise team in the Class 3A-4A semifinals. The Wildcats got past favored Old Mill on its home mat Wednesday night in the East final, 26-24, on a last-bout disqualification. Going in, No. 2 Old Mill had been 13-0, including a victory over Arundel that decided the Anne Arundel county dual-meet championship.

Old Mill, last year's Class 3A-4A dual-meet champion, led 26-20 with the heavyweight match remaining, and even if its Dave Kim had been pinned, tying the match at 26, Old Mill would have won because it had won more more individual pairings (seven).

Kim, however, was disqualified for biting Arundel's Jeff Blachly. The referee assessed a flagrant misconduct penalty against Kim, which meant six team points for Blachly, and deducted two team points from Old Mill's score.

Blachly, a state runner-up last season, who had lost to Kim, 3-2, in their match last week, led 11-1 as time expired.

Among the other Arundel winners were Shannon Webber (112); Pat Ortman (130), another past state runner-up; and Justin Tippett (171). Freshman Tippett, just called up from the JV, and wrestling his first varsity match, earned a technical fall, 18-3, against Dave Fitzpatrick to close the margin to 23-20.

When Old Mill's Derrick Dawson decisioned Matt Neidig, 6-5, at 189, it set the stage for the stunning climax.

Arundel lost one of its mainstays when Mike Mooney (119) broke his left wrist when he landed on it awkwardly in a match with Old Mill's Chris Combs.

Calvert (15-0) posted one-sided victories over Leonardtown and Bowie to claim the South title.

Its lineup includes four seniors with state rankings -- Blair Surgent, No. 4 at 135; Jason Poore, third at 140; Scott McAdoo, fourth at 160, and Paul Sheran, sixth at 189. Poore's only loss was to Damascus' top-rated Joey Garvin, 9-7, in overtime.

Damascus defeated Paint Branch and host Magruder to win the West crown.

Pub Date: 2/12/99

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