Freshman 130-pounder Zach O'Keefe and 135-pound senior Shane Fraser scored consecutive pins to close out No. 13 Chesapeake's 39-30 Anne Arundel County League upset of visiting, sixth-ranked Arundel last night in a match in which the lead changed hands eight times.
The Cougars (4-1 overall, 4-0 league) were trailing 25-23 after Arundel's John Kotsis (103) and Devon Gillette (112) won by major decision and decision, respectively, but went up 27-25 on a major decision by Josh O'Keefe (119). Arundel (11-2, 1-1) moved ahead 30-27 after a technical fall by Justin Bowser (125), setting up the Cougars' decisive finish.
"A few of our guys got pinned who shouldn't have," said Zach O'Keefe, who decked Seth Fenton with a split-cradle. "But with me and Shane being the last matches, we were in pretty good shape."
The Cougars led briefly 3-0 on a decision by Matt Willis (140) in the night's initial bout. But they trailed 6-3 after a 59-second pin by Arundel's Brandon Gonski (145).
Chesapeake then won three straight for a 17-6 lead, getting a technical fall by Chad Stewart (152); a wild 21-15 victory by Brandon Waters (160) over Josh Hayghe, who had beaten Waters twice previously, and a pin by county champ Jake Couch (171), who overcame an early 6-3 deficit against Greg George.
Arundel regained an 18-17 lead on a first-period pin by Terone Travis (189) and a forfeit to 189-pound regular Brad Pendock (215), but Chesapeake's Pat McLanigan (275) bumped up from 215 to get away from Pendock, and his 62-second pin had the Cougars up 23-18 with six bouts left.
"Waters' match was huge. He's been talking about it all week," said Fraser, who improved to 12-1 with a 34-second pin. "I knew we would be ready for them to come out hard, but I can't say we expected this."
In a junior varsity match, 103-pound Arundel freshman Nicole Woody received a forfeit to improve to 10-1 with three technical falls and a pin. Woody lost to Kotsis, 7-2, in her last bid to make the varsity.
She will compete in the Jan. 15 Maryland State Wrestling Association girls championships at Bel Air High, and will be in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, Jan. 24-31 for an international competition with U.S. women's Olympic coach Terry Steiner and six other women who are former Olympic or world team members.
Woody placed sixth in junior league state competition as an eighth-grader and fifth as a seventh-grader. She once pinned Eddie Obendorfer, now a 103-pound varsity starter for 4A-3A contender Damascus, and Glenelg's Chris Stinnett, currently ranked No. 4 at 112 by The Sun.
In July, she won in the U.S. girls nationals in Fargo, N.D.