As usual at Arundel wrestling matches, a spotlight high above the mat shined brightly on the competing wrestlers Friday night.
Unfortunately for the host Wildcats, the bright light only showcased visiting Broadneck's dominance, as the Bruins built a 50-3 lead with three bouts left en route to winning, 50-21.
"The team seems to be pulling together every time out now," said Broadneck coach John Mayberry, whose squad -- ranked No. 9 by the Maryland State Wrestling Association -- improved to 2-0.
Arundel dropped to 1-3.
The Wildcats' big guns, Greg Booth (171), Brian Richards (189) and heavyweight Pat Beach pinned their opponents to close the match.
Booth and Beach remained unbeaten at 7-0, while Richards improved to 6-1.
Broadneck's Seth Lapakiewicz (152) had given the Bruins a 47-3 lead with his second-period pin of Ed Briese. Then 160-pound Dave Mcauley decisioned Phil Stratten, 5-1, to give the Bruins a 50-3 lead.
Broadneck's high-powered lower-weight wrestlers got things started, giving the Bruins an 18-0 lead behind pins by No. 6-ranked freshman Charlie Bennett (103), top-ranked junior Shawn Miller (112) and senior Roy Brazeau (119), a junior varsity county champion last season.
"I'll tell you, the kids are really responding," Mayberry said. "Our junior varsity got handled by theirs, and they had the momentum from that.
So I told Charlie Bennett that we needed a pin, and he went out and got it."
Bennett, who improved his record to 9-1, built a 4-0 lead before pinning Phil Meenan in five minutes. Miller (9-0) led 7-0 after the first period and finished Chad Bawell in 2:30. Brazeau (9-2) built a 14-2 lead before decking Noah Murdock in 5:09.
Dave Livingston (125) finally put the Wildcats on the board. His hard-fought 12-7 victory over Josh Marder made the score 18-3. Marder is replacing starter Vin Gerrior, another junior varsity county champ, who is sidelined with a cold.
The match was mathematically out of reach four bouts after Livingston's match, as Broadneck forged ahead, 41-3.
The Bruins' No. 3-ranked Duke Koblinsky (130) blanked Rick Gladwell, 16-0, for a technical fall, improving his personal record to 9-1. John Paez (135) and Dave Apple (140) each recorded first-period pins, and Chris McTamany picked up a forfeit.
"We've got a strong lineup all the way up to 130, and if we get pins early, we can win every match," Brazeau said. "Tonight our middleweights were pulling through, and if they keep doing that, we should have a strong season."