Maryland's top-ranked Old Mill, the wrestling teamthat could not be stopped, was stopped, 31-28, by No. 7-ranked Broadneck, a team that would not be denied Friday night.
"We just got out-wrestled and out-hustled tonight -- totally," said Old Mill coach Mike Hampe, whose Patriots (7-1 overall, 5-1 against the county) brought a 33-match winning streak into the match.
"We said we needed to win at least one of the first six bouts, and if we didn't, we needed to win all of the last seven. We lost all of the first six and one of the last seven -- and we got pinned in that match."
In sweeping the first six bouts for a 25-0 lead, the Bruins won key duels at 103, 125, 135 and 152 pounds -- bouts each coach thought could have gone either way.
Broadneck was ahead, 25-10, before a152-pound rematch between Old Mill's John Earle -- who brought a 15-5 record into thematch -- and Broadneck's Seth Lopatkiewicz, who was 14-5 before the bout.
Their match was tied, 2-2, to start the third period when Lopatkiewicz planted Earle to give the Bruins a 31-10 advantage.
"He pinned me in the Annapolis tournament first time we wrestled, so this was revenge," said Lopatkiewicz, a junior, who picked up his 13th pin of the season with the victory.
"He caught me in a headlock the first time, so this time I was looking for it. I just stayed away and made him shoot."
So with four matches left, the Patriots needed pins in at least three matches. Even a tie meant a victory for the Bruins.
No. 3-ranked Brian Layman (160) did his job to improve his record to 14-0. He pinned Broadneck's Sean Conroy in the second period to make the score 31-16.
But at 171 pounds, Dave MacCauley had a 3-1 third-period lead on Old Mill's Sun Park and onlyneeded to hold him down in the third period to win.
Park, however, escaped with just over a minute left and got the takedown with 35 seconds left to go ahead, 4-3. A stalling point gave the Old Mill wrestler a 5-3 victory, but the Patriots' winning streak was already overwith that bout.
Old Mill, trailing, 31-19, with two bouts left --needed pins from Ernie Longazel (189) and heavyweight Don Marco if it was going to salvage a tie.
However, Longazel -- a true 171-pounder -- could only manage a 14-10 decision over Broadneck's slightly heavier Cliff McClain, making the score insurmountable, 31-22, and bringing a huge smile to Broadneck coach John Mayberry's face.
"This was one of the most satisfying wins ever," said eight-year coach Mayberry, who was pumping his fist in the air after McClain's bout.
No. 4-ranked Marco picked up a second-period pin for the margin of victory, improving his record to 17-1.
Although it was coming off a 34-25 victory over then No. 10-ranked Lackey, Broadneck (8-0, 5-0) had not beaten the Patriots since winning, 48-13, in the 1986-1987 season.
The Patriots already had beaten No. 3-ranked North Carroll and No. 6-ranked Gilman and had not lost to a county team since losing to Annapolis in 1987-1988. Old Mill had beaten No. 9-ranked Annapolis, 41-21, in their last dual meet.
"We knew we'd be knocking heads tonight," Hampe said. "But we're going to keep our heads up."
At 103,No. 6-ranked Charlie Bennett (18-1) overwhelmed No. 2-ranked Steve Lundstrom, 10-0, to give the Bruins a 4-0 lead. Bennett was a three-time junior-league state champion.
"This was the best match of my life," said Bennett, whose only loss came in a controversial overtime match against Calvert Hall's No. 5-ranked Greg Knox. "I was nervous atfirst, but the nervousness was gone as soon as I stepped on the mat."
"(Bennett's) match set the tone," Coach Mayberry said. "We live and die by what he does. We were wrestling on emotion after that."
Top-ranked 112-pounder Shawn Miller (18-0) gave the Bruins a 10-0 lead with his 58-second pin. Then 119-pounder Roy Brazeau (19-2) won a battle of seniors, beating Old Mill's Bob Sugden, 2-0, for a 13-0 Broadneck lead.
Broadneck won a battle of two former junior-varsity county champions at 125 to lead, 16-0. In that bout, Josh Marder (10-5) overcame a 4-2 first-period deficit to win, 13-8, over Old Mill's Rick Oleszczuk.