Eight Chesapeake wrestlers have a shot at individual championships after completing the semifinal round at the 43rd annual Anne Arundel County Tournament at Old Mill High last night.
Shane Fraser (103 pounds), Corey Bowers (112), Steve Yaruta (119), Matt Eveleth (125), Jim Woodland (130), Chris Grove (135), Chad LaPlanche (160) and Jason Shehane (189) advanced to this afternoon's finals for the No. 9 Cougars.
No. 7 Annapolis and No. 8 Old Mill were tied for second with five wrestlers in the finals. Annapolis will be represented by Ben Graham (125), Andrew Smith (130), Bill Vollono (140), Joe Mihoces (152) and Paul Macknis (171).
In team scoring, Chesapeake leads with 196.5 points. Old Mill is second (160.5), Annapolis is third (142) and Severna Park is fourth (90.5).
Southern's Matt Barrett, a No. 4 seed, delivered the upset of the tournament when he stunned top-seeded Chris Dyke of Northeast, 6-3, in a semifinal at 145. Shehane, also a No. 4 seed, upset top-seeded Jack Dawson of Annapolis, 11-3, to move to the 189-pound final.
After twice finishing as runner-up, Owings Mills' Clayton Arnold hopes the third time is the charm in the 41st Baltimore County Tournament at Parkville High.
The No. 2-ranked 135-pound senior pinned his 18th and 19th opponents of the year and is among the fourth-ranked Eagles' nine wrestlers to reach today's semifinals. Others moving forward were Jason Jacovsky (103), David Jacovsky (112), Mike Cooper (119), Mike Kessler (125), Sasha Binder (130), Adam Metzger (152), Eric Fischel (160) and Brian Summerlin (171).
"Everything's come together for me this year. I worked hard past years, just had bad breaks," said Arnold (34-0), who looks to lead Owings Mills to its sixth county crown under 20th-year coach Guy Pritzker. "I have confidence that I can be a leader through the wins and losses."
Owings Mills led 13th-ranked Dulaney, 95.5 points to 82. The Lions advanced No. 5 James Knox (103), No. 4 Andrew Schlaffer (130), Roy Brintnall (135), Toby Matejovsky (140), Steve Turner (145), Matt Mindel (152), Steve Koplin (171) and defending heavyweight county champion Konspantinos Kosmakos (34-0).
Defending county champ Eastern Tech had Chris Clark (103), top-ranked Trent Dixon (112), James Davis (145), John Delair (189) and Billy Farmer (heavyweight) move on.
Defending county champs Nick Ramsel (125, 26-0) of Perry Hall, Matt Schuster (130, 23-0) of Franklin, Mike Weber (130) of Sparrows Point and Richard Wemple (152, 26-1) of Kenwood all advanced. Schuster is trying to join Robert Hough (Hereford), Gary Harris (Randallstown), Steve Kessler (Owings Mills) and Jason Laubach (Kenwood) as a four-time county champ.
Towson's Andy Posil (171) ran his record to 33-0.- Lem Satterfield
After the first day of the Independent High School State Wrestling Tournament, Archbishop Curley holds a 10 1/2 -point lead, with eight semifinalists in Ben Sills (103 pounds), Mark Frey (119), Jim Barbour (125), Mike Wood (130), Paul Adams (140), Tom Boettcher (152), Rob Miller (160), Tim Curran (171) and Eric Oppel (189).
DeMatha of Prince George's County is second with 120.5 points (nine semifinalists). Mount St. Joseph is in third with 102.5 points.
State champs Bruce Dulski (Mount St. Joseph, 103), Mark Frey (Archbishop Curley, 119), Zak Johns (McDonogh, 140), Sam Lewnes (Mount St. Joseph, 160) and Geoff Miller (McDonogh, 171) are looking to repeat.- Luke Broadwater
Six returning champions won quarterfinal bouts and gained today's semifinals at the 33rd Annual Howard County Wrestling Championships at Centennial.
Ryan Green, a 140-pounder for River Hill, leads that contingent and is shooting for his fourth straight county title - a feat accomplished by just five other county wrestlers.
Others seeking another county title for their resumes include: Doug Ramsey (103) of Atholton; Neil Nakagama (125) of Oakland Mills; Matt Ennis (130) of Wilde Lake; Mike Mengel (160) and Scott Bissett (171) of Mount Hebron.
Hebron has 12 wrestlers in the semifinals and is the favorite to win its first title since 1974. Defending tournament champion River Hill is the Vikings' closest competitor and has 11 semifinalists.
Among yesterday's quarterfinal upsets, unseeded Nick Landolina of Oakland Mills pinned No. 3 seed Josh Adams of Wilde Lake at 112 pounds. Unseeded Mike Stromberg of River Hill decisioned No. 4 seed Mike Chesbro of Long Reach at 119 pounds.- Rick Belz
Tournament favorite Harford Tech put 11 wrestlers in the semifinals and scored 41 1/2 points to take the lead over Joppatowne (32), Fallston (29) and Bel Air (28 1/2 ).
While Edgewood heavyweight Javance Payne, the top seed, pinned Andy Hobatter of North Harford in 1:20, the rest of that weight class was filled with upsets. The second-, third- and fourth-ranked wrestlers all lost, including No. 3 Jeff Ramsey (Fallston), who was pinned by Harford Tech's Mike Piorunski in 5:19.
John Travers, the second-seeded heavyweight from Bel Air, was pinned by Havre de Grace's Chris Stine in 46 seconds. North Harford's Chad Roland, who took third in the 1A-2A state tournament, pinned Jim Demos of Bel Air in 1:23 at 145. Tim Kassouf of Bel Air, who finished fourth in the 3A-4A state tournament, advanced by pinning Rick Gallo of Havre de Grace in 52 seconds.