Old Mill's Procaccini nearly faked his way to a title

December 07, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Marc Procaccini pulled off what was perhaps the acting job of his life, and with it, he nearly gained an equally impressive victory.

Old Mill's third-ranked, defending 4A-3A state champion Procaccini trailed Mount St. Joseph's second-ranked Danny DeVivo, 4-1, in their title bout of the Annapolis tournament Saturday night, when the two wrestlers -- locked in a clinch -- approached the edge of the mat with 10 seconds remaining in the second period.

"He was tying up with me and he was really strong. I couldn't get away from him," said Procaccini. "I wanted to get my points at the edge of the mat, so I faked like I was tired, then turned on with a burst of energy."

His guile resulted in a takedown that cut the deficit to 4-3, before an escape tied the bout at 4 midway through the third period to send the match into overtime.

Unfortunately, that's where Procaccini really did lose steam and lost the match on DeVivo's takedown.

His bout culminated a fifth-place finish by the defending tournament champion Patriots (117.5 points), with DeVivo's team finishing second to Prince George's County's Riverdale Baptist (195.5).

"My conditioning really wasn't there because I had the flu and stuff last week," said Procaccini, one of six returning state qualifiers from a four-time defending state champion

team. "One of my goals was to beat DeVivo. I just have to rebound and practice a harder. I can still win states."

The only champion for the Patriots was Jason Bryant (112), who captured his second straight Annapolis tournament crown with an emphatic 46-second pin of Severna Park's Jamie Kuch.

Kuch, who was third in last year's regional tournament, won a 7-2 semifinal decision over Riverdale Baptist's Phil Meenan. Meenan's loss was roundly cheered by fans, since Meenan transferred from Arundel High, where he beat Bryant in a regional title bout and for a third-place finish in last year's state meet.

Old Mill also got solid efforts out of senior Todd Hultgren (152, third) and his younger brother, Paul (125, fourth). Southern's Sherrard Neal (130, third in the county) finished fourth.

Broadneck's regional champion Charlie Bennett (119), a two-time county runner-up who was third in last year's state meet, suffered an upset pin loss to DeMatha's Robert Alexander.

Bennett, who was a tournament runner-up last year and a state champion as a sophomore, beat Alexander when Alexander was an 11-year-old junior leaguer. Alexander won the 125-pound title at the Curley tournament a week earlier, but dropped to meet Bennett -- a senior -- figuring it was his last chance to avenge the loss.

The way he's wrestling, St. Mary's Scott Thompson (189) could become the Saints' third Maryland Scholastic Association champion. Thompson (8-1), who was third at Annapolis, wrestled to a third-place finish as a heavyweight at Curley a week earlier.

Mount St. Joseph's top-ranked senior Shane McCarthy (145, 7-1), a Pasadena resident, won the Annapolis tournament both as a freshman and a sophomore, but was a runner-up for the second straight year, this time dropping a 9-4 decision to McDonough's third-ranked state runner-up Damon Newsome.

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