A great portion of success in wrestling relates directly to strength and endurance. But make no mistake about it, sometimes even the best get worn out. Barely recovered from Saturday's 1999 Potomac Valley Challenge Cup, about 30 local wrestlers were back on the mat Sunday at Calvert High School for the Maryland AAU Championships.
Local winners from Sunday included Ryan Forman of Calvert, DeMatha standout Kevin Gabrielson (a transfer from Northern) and his older brother, Jason Gabrielson, who is now at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania.
"There usually aren't two big matches scheduled in a row like that," said Bruce Gabrielson, Jason and Kevin's father and the founder of the Southern Maryland Wrestling Club. "The guys were pretty well beat up after wrestling six to seven matches on Saturday. You get so tired the first day you can't go the second ... so that's why a lot of guys sit it out."
The Maryland AAU Championships marked the first time since 1988 that Calvert County hosted a tournament featuring freestyle wrestling, an international style in which the intent is to expose your opponent's back rather than to control your opponent (as it is in the folkstyle wrestling that is used in high schools).
In freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, the two Olympic styles used, there is little emphasis on control. Wrestlers are brought to their feet after about 15 seconds of no scoring. For the same reasons, there is also an ability in freestyle to score points without having control of an opponent. ...
The season's final event before nationals is the East Coast Club Championships, to be held Saturday at River Hill High School in Howard County. Among the SMWC participants will be recent Calvert graduate Scott McAdoo, the All-Extra wrestler of the year, who missed the Potomac Valley Challenge and the AAU championships for his senior trip to Cancun, Mexico.
Track and Field
Local Athletes in National Meet
Three of Southern Maryland's All-Extra athletes made their way to North Carolina State University in Raleigh on Saturday for the Foot Locker National Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Recent Thomas Stone graduate Tim Bilmanis fared best of the area's competitors, taking fifth place in the discus with a throw of 178 feet 1 inch. The meet's winner, Terrence Glover of Trenton, N.J., went 196-5, nearly four feet better than Bilmanis's career best of 192-9.
"I didn't do as well last week as I had hoped. I just couldn't seem to get it together," said Bilmanis, who will start his career at the University of Virginia in the fall. "I've only been working with the [college discus] for the past couple of weeks."
The college discus weighs 2 kilograms, compared with 1.6 kilograms for the high school discus, and is about an inch larger in diameter.
KC Allen (Calvert 1999), the four-time defending Maryland state champion in the pole vault, tied for 10th at the championships with a vault of 10-4. She cleared 11-0, a state record, in May. Samantha Shepard of Weston, Mass., won the event at 11-9.
Carlos Hunt, a rising senior at Westlake, placed 27th in the 3,200 with a personal-best time of 9 minutes 43.32 seconds and finished 30th in the 1,600 at 4:28.13. Winning the events were Datham Ritzenhein of Rockford, Mich., who captured the 3,200 in a time of 9:01.79 and Brendon Mahoney of Cumming, Ga., who took first in the 1,600 at 4:04.78. ...
Allen and Bilmanis will compete this weekend at the Junior Nationals in Denton, Tex.
Terrapins Come to Camp
Former University of Maryland standout center Obinna Ekezie will speak to area athletes Friday at Patuxent High School on the final day of a five-day basketball camp hosted by former Panther Coach Anthony Kinnel. Ekezie, who tore his Achilles tendon in February, prematurely ending his collegiate career, hopes to be picked in this month's NBA draft. Ekezie is the fourth in a list of Terps to speak at Kinnel's camps, including players Laron Profit and Terrell Stokes and assistant coach Jimmy Patsos.
"Every year we try to bring someone in who the kids can look up to," said Kinnel, who resigned from coaching the Panthers after last season. "It's always left up to the speakers what they want to talk about, but it's usually more motivational, with maybe a little bit of instruction."
The five-day camp is one of two summer camps organized by Kinnel for area players ages 7 to 17. The second session, in July, will be Kinnel's last official duty as Patuxent's boys basketball coach.
The camp, which runs daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for five days, costs $100 per athlete. Openings are available for the second session. For information, call Kinnel at 410-535-7865.
CAPTION: Jason Gabrielson, at right, wrestles Steve Zimmerman in a 145-pound match during the Maryland AAU Championships, held Sunday at Calvert High School. Gabrielson took first in his weight class.
CAPTION: Matt Jones, 10, on top, clutches Luke Rebertus at the AAU competition. About 30 wrestlers had taken part in the Potomac Valley Challenge Cup the day before.