DeMatha -- School's two champions in recent Metro Conference wrestling tournament were Marcus Foran and George Del Ricco. (Published 2/13/91)

Area wrestling powers DeMatha, Bullis and Landon will be among 33 schools in the 43rd annual St. Albans Invitational tournament this weekend at St. Albans. Charlotte (N.C.) Latin, Mercersburg (Pa.) Academy, Woodberry Forest, St. Christopher's (Richmond) and Nansemond-Suffolk Academy also are scheduled to compete.

The tournament, which begins 11 a.m. Friday and concludes with Saturday's 7 p.m. finals, is the final major meet for these teams before they compete in the National Preps at Lehigh University. In the past eight years, the team that won the St. Albans tournament became the National Prep champion.

Landon had the perfect tuneup Saturday as far as Coach Bruce Billings was concerned, with 11 of 13 wrestlers placing and the Bears winning the IAC tournament with 178 points, 27 ahead Bullis.

"Beating Bullis was a big confidence booster for us," said Billings, whose team tied Bullis for the regular season league title. "Because of our depth and that win over Bullis, we feel we have a good chance. We've done well in the past but we've never won that tournament."

In the Metro Conference tournament, DeMatha (15-3) had only two champions -- Marcus Foran (171 pounds) and Bill Tauzin (120) -- but had six consolation-bracket winners and won a fourth straight title with 160 points. O'Connell football All-Met Marty Haught won at heavyweight, improving to 29-1 as his team took second (147 1/2 points).

There was a shocker in the Virginia AAA Northern Region dual team championships Saturday. Second-seeded Robinson won six matches and battled back from a 12-point deficit to upset top-seeded Centreville, 29-25, to win the crown and advance to the state dual meet championships March 9. Kjell Lindgren (171), Kevin Littley (125), Bryan Hazard (135) and Josh Schafer (130) won key matches for Robinson (11-3). Centreville, which defeated Robinson, 28-25, in their Northern District dual meet, finished the season 20-1.

Old Mill, Broadneck and Annapolis, all 7-1 in Anne Arundel County matches, will find out which team is king at the county championships Friday and Saturday at Arundel. Broadneck has four No. 1 seeds, defending county champion Old Mill three. . . .

No. 9 H.D. Woodson's girls basketball team (16-4) will face nationally ranked Christ the King (16-2) at 2 Saturday at Woodson and No. 4 O'Connell (19-3) is host to the New York visitors at 1 Sunday. Christ the King lost earlier this season to O'Connell in overtime, 78-67.

Eleanor Roosevelt in the Swim

The big swimoff between Prince George's foes Oxon Hill and Eleanor Roosevelt in the county championships Friday never materialized. Unbeaten Roosevelt's depth enabled it to compile 284 points to runner-up Oxon Hill's 235 to win a second straight county title. Roosevelt's girls amassed 305 points to Oxon Hill's 220. Jenny Drake of Roosevelt won the 200 (1:59.51) and 50 freestyles (26.33).

Laurel won boys and girls 3A/2A county championships.

In one of the closest D.C. Coaches Association relay swimming championships, H.D. Woodson edged Cardozo, 70-66. Wilson's girls cruised to the title with 70 points.

Track Teams Tune Up for State

Suitland's boys and Eleanor Roosevelt's girls got prepared for Saturday's Maryland State 4A meet in Baltimore by winning the Prince George's County championships. Balanced Suitland finished with 84 points, four more than Roosevelt. Ebony Robinson won the 55 meters (6.9) and led off two winning relay teams -- sprint medley (2:19.30) and 1,600 (4:26.2) -- as her team won with 116 points.

Jermain Kunkel won the 300 (40.0) and was on the winning 1,600 meter relay to help Gaithersburg score a surprising 71 points for the Class 4A Region I championship Saturday. . . . Seneca Valley's Kisha Cole won the 55 (7.1), 300 (45.4) and 500 (1:31.3) but Whitman had too much depth, winning with 87 points, 40 more than runner-up Walter Johnson.

Oakland Mills's Eric Graham won the 55-meter dash (6.5) and 300 (36.7) and his teammates swept the relays en route to 113 points for the Howard County indoor championship. Jackie Rieschick won the 500 (1:24.5), 800 (2:29.4) and 1,600 meters (5:24.1) to lead Hammond to the girls title with 125 points. . . . Ballou's William Perry was the lone double-winner -- 55 meters (6.57) and 300 (35.3) -- at the Interhigh League indoor track and field championships last week. Balanced H.D. Woodson won (98 points). Ballou had 95 and Wilson 92.

H.D. Woodson's outstanding basketball player, Dawn Stewart (20 points, 10 rebounds), won the girls high jump (4 feet 8), edging teammate Ebony Russell. Toya Adams (9.16) led a 1-2-3 finish in the 55 hurdles as the Warriors won with 115 points. Coolidge was runner-up with 64 and Wilson, getting first places from Keisha Caine in the 55 (7.55), 300 (42.01) and 500 (1:20.96), had 60.