Two-time defending state Class 3A-4A wrestling champion Old Mill helped Gilman open its Redmond C.S. Finney Athletic Center last night.
The Patriots trailed the entire match -- and by as much as 18-5 after six bouts -- before getting three straight pins by Brian
Layman (171), Ernie Longazel (189) and heavyweight Don Marco for a 38-24, season-opening dual-meet victory.
Old Mill is ranked third by the Maryland State Wrestling Association, and Gilman, the defending Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference dual-meet champion, is ranked sixth.
"I wanted to stay close in the lower weights," said coach Mike Hampe, whose team has a 27-match dual-meet winning streak. "I knew we had the more experienced upper weights."
But Gilman handled the Patriots in the lower weight classes, beginning with Gerard Harris (103), who handed Steve Lundstrom his first loss, 9-8.
Gilman's Mike Henke (112) and Vytas Dulys wrestled to a 4-4 draw, after which Brad Wilke (119) registered a second-period pin and John Kim (125) won a 14-2 decision.
Old Mill's Young Chang (130) beat Alex Slagle, 5-2, but John Fishman (135) countered for Gilman with a 4-2 decision.
Old Mill got back-to-back pins from Brent Layman (140), Brian's older brother, and John Bliss (145) to come within 18-17.
Then Gilman's David Gilner (152) overcame a 5-0 deficit with a second-period fall.
Then, in a wild match, Old Mill's Sun Park (160) won a 9-7 decision over Mark Proccocini to set up Old Mill's grand finale.
"There were some close matches that could have gone our way," said Gilman coach Chris Legg. "But I've got to hand it to Old Mill. They came back tough."