Severna Park seniors wrestle to the top

The Baltimore Sun

The Severna Park wrestling team put an exclamation point on its strong start with an impressive tri-match sweep over county rivals South River and Broadneck last week.

A big key to the Falcons' 6-0 record: Four seniors that stuck with wrestling.

Tony Seidel (7-2 at 285 pounds), Tyler Ferris (6-1, 189), Nick Wadsworth (6-2, 152) and Eric DiBlasi (4-2, 145) all paid their dues on junior varsity last year and are making the most of their first taste of varsity.

"All of those kids have been with the program three or four years and now they're getting their chance," Severna Park coach Paul Joyce said.

"We've had 13-1 or 12-2 junior varsity teams the past seven or eight years. That's our feeder program for the most part [as] opposed to junior leagues."

All six of the Falcons' wins have come against county competition, highlighted by wins against South River (46-27) and Broadneck (42-32) on Dec. 20.

The Falcons, who competed in the Damascus Tournament this weekend (the four wrestlers records above do not reflect results from the tournament), still have perennial state power Old Mill and upstart North County on the slate in 2009.

Arundel boys basketball

The Arundel boys basketball team continues to surge with a 7-0 record going into this weekend's J.T. Bogle Invite at Glen Burnie.

After starting fast with a number of comfortable wins early, the Wildcats have shown a penchant to win the close games, too.

On Dec. 19, the Wildcats stayed a step ahead of county rival Annapolis to come away with an 85-77 win, icing the victory by making eight of 10 free throws in the closing minute.

On Monday, Arundel traveled to Centennial and left with a 74-72 win with seniors Auraum Nuiriankh (13 points), Dererick Rhodes (11) and Greg Rich (10) among seven players who scored at least seven points in the win.

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