Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
Bethesda-Chevy Chase took a big step toward completing its best season with a chance to crown three state champions when three wrestlers advanced to the 2A/1A semifinals Friday night at McDaniel College.
Juniors Sonny Nucci (31-1 at 135 pounds) and twin brothers Eric Jeronimo (29-3 at 130) and Chad Jeronimo (32-1 at 140) each won quarterfinal matches to help the Barons to a sixth-place tie with Centennial after the opening two rounds.
Bethesda-Chevy Chase, which has had just two state champions in school history, enters the tournament with a school-best 11-4 record after placing third in the 2A/1A South Region tournament.
"It's great to get B-CC back on the map," said Bethesda-Chevy Chase fifth-year coach Bill Bunting.
Another set of twins, Centennial seniors Dave and Mark Nakasone, each won quarterfinal matches for the Eagles. Mark Nakasone (34-0), the area's second-ranked 145-pounder, defeated Southern Garrett's Chris Hayhurst in the quarterfinals, 15-8, and had a semifinal rematch with Owings Mills's Mike Kessler (31-1). Dave Nakasone (34-0), a defending state champion and third-ranked 152-pounder, defeated Francis Scott Key's Gage Rindt, 17-1.
Anne Arundel County schools dominated early in the 4A/3A tournament. Severna Park advanced three wrestlers to the semifinals, winning five of six matches by pin, and holds a 32.5-31 advantage over Arundel and Old Mill.