Annapolis wrestler wins third straight state title

The Baltimore Sun

Few high school careers end the way Bubby Graham's did.

The Annapolis wrestler won his third consecutive state title with his 97th straight victory last weekend at the University of Maryland, College Park.

The senior was 36-0 this season, his last win a pin of North Harford's Tom Stewart in the Class 4A-3A 160-pound state final. It was his third pin in four state bouts.

It made Graham one of four area wrestlers who were undefeated state champions.

Graham had a career record of 121-8, including his 32-0 junior season at 152 pounds. He won the state crown in his sophomore year at 145 pounds.

Graham has a 4.25 grade point average, scored 2,000 on the SAT and is ranked No. 17 in his senior class of 376. He is a member of the school's National Honor Society and tutors ninth-graders.

Graham will wrestle for American University next season.

"The coach, instead of stressing that he wanted All-Americans or national champs, said that he wanted multiple national champs," Graham said. "I really liked that. It's my goal to be a multiple national champ in college."

Archbishop Spalding girls basketball -- Deb Taylor has stepped down as coach after 12 sesons. Taylor led the Cavaliers to a 20-8 overall record and a 10-6 mark in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference this season. She was 197-147 (.573) at Spalding. This season was the third time Taylor led the Cavaliers to a 20-win season. Taylor, who coached at Institute of Notre Dame after playing at the University of Vermont, took over at Spalding in the 1996-97 season.

Meade -- Dave Lanham has been named the new athletic director at Meade and will leave St. Mary's at the end of the current school year after six years as athletic director and baseball coach. Before coming to St. Mary's, Lanham, a Glen Burnie graduate, coached baseball at Spalding for five years and was assistant athletic director.

All-Star basketball games -- The 20th annual Anne Arundel County boys and girls Senior All-Star Classics are set for Tuesday at North County High in Ferndale. The girls game will be played at 6 p.m. and the boys game at 8. Tickets are $5. Proceeds go to the Hart Foundation, which awards one boy and one girl a scholarship at the end of the season. For more information on the games, call Bruce Brown at 410-971-7915.

Severn -- Tank Duckett has resigned as Severn's athletic director after seven years, effective at the end of the school year. Duckett, the county's only black athletic director, said he is not sure whether he will stay as boys basketball coach.

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