St. Mary's wrestling coach Brad Best stared blankly at his statistics book after yesterday's 47-27 loss to host Boys' Latin.
Not only had his two-time Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference champion Saints (1-3) suffered their third lopsided loss of the year, they had given less of a fight than he expected.
They allowed the A Conference Lakers (2-0), who forfeited at 135,160, 189 and heavyweight, to sprint out to a 30-0 lead on pins in the first five weight classes.
The teams traded forfeits in the nexttwo, making the score 36-6.
But after Jarrett Leeb's technical fall over the Saints' Carl Watkins at 145, the match was mathematicallyout of the Saints' reach, 41-6.
Of the eight bouts wrestled, the Saints only won Pete Church's 152-pound, 7-0 decision over Travis Holub.
Even the Saints' Scott Thompson (171), who had beaten Boys' Latin's Chris Smith three times in the past, succumbed to Smith's headlock in just 1 minute, 8 seconds.
Minus the forfeits for both squads, the score would have been 41-3.
Needless to say, Best has plenty to think about before his squad's B Conference opener against Friends on Jan. 6.
"The younger kids, Tim Klepper (103) and Dave Carroll (112) are freshmen, and Reed Smith (119) is in his first year," said Best, whose Saints were coming off Friday's B Conference opening 57-16 victory over Northern, where they recorded five pins.
"I thought from 125 up we should have wrestled better. We have a long and painful learning process to go through."
To be fair, however, the Lakers' program is on a roll under seven-year coach Jim Curry.
Boys' Latin was coming off a strong fourth-place finish in Saturday's John Carroll Tournament behind Aberdeen, Perry
Hall and St. Paul's -- three teams ranked in The Sun's Top 10.
The Lakers had also won theLoch Raven Tournament with sophomore twins Ashley (112, an 11-2 record) and Michael Harrison (119, 8-2) winning titles.
Ashley Harrison and Jim Quinn (125, 11-3) won crowns at John Carroll over the weekend.
St. Mary's, however, came from the other extreme.
Before yesterday's match, the Saints were hammered by a combined 125-19 in dual-meet matches against Riverdale Baptist (ranked No. 2 in the state) and Annapolis (No. 5 in the metro area).
They also finished third from the bottom in the season-opening Curley Tournament and last in the Annapolis Tournament.
"Against A Conference teams, I expected to give up those early matches," said Best, "but there were a few matches, like Thompson's, that were upsetting. I think Scott was more upset than anybody."
The Saints' Phil MacWilliams (135, 10-2) was hoping to face one of the Lakers' top guns, Shane Marques.
But the bout never materialized.
Instead, Marques (11-2) picked up his fifthpin in just 1:26 over the Saints' Myles Conway to continue his winning ways.
"They won the choice, and they elected to take the even matches, which means they have to put MacWilliams on the mat first," said Curry.
"That gave us the opportunity to forfeit to them.
"Ithought about moving Shane up to wrestle MacWilliams because we don't have a 135-pounder, but the only thing we could do is get hurt by that if he lost.
"I'd rather just keep Shane going the way he is."
Boys' Latin 47, St. Mary's 27
103 -- Tim Berger (B) pin Tim Klepper
112 -- Ashley Harrison (B) pin Dave Carroll (S), 3:12.
119 -- Michael Harrison (B) pin Reed Smith (S), 0:29.
125 -- Jim Quinn (B) pin Nolan Redd (S), 0:35.
130 -- Shane Marques(B) pin Myles Conway (S), 1:26.
135 -- Phil MacWilliams (S) by forfeit.
140 -- Mike Cangemi (B) by forfeit.
145 -- Jarrett Leeb (B) tech. fall over Carl Watkins (S), 18-2.
152 -- Pete Church (S)dec. Travis Holub (B), 7-0.
160 -- Tim O'Neill (S) by forfeit.
171 -- Chris Smith (B) pin Scott Thompson (S), 1:08.
189 -- Mark Poole (S) by forfeit.
Hvy -- Chris Price (S) by forfeit.