Wilde Lake starts season with sweep of tri-meet

December 10, 1992|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

The wrestling photo that appeared on yesterday's Loca Sports page misidentified the wrestlers. Westminster's Craig Diehlmann (on top) had a firm grip on Loyola's Nick Hollick.

After stumbling last year to an 0-5 start that featured onexcruciating loss after another, Wilde Lake was determined not to fall into that kind of hole again this winter.

Last night in a season-opening tri-meet against visiting Westminster and Loyola, the Wildecats turned the tables on two teams that dealt them tough early defeats last year.


First, the Wildecats took advantage of a Loyola team that had to forfeit three matches, and Wilde Lake held on for a 36-31 victory.

Then, in the final match of the evening, the Wildecats overcame a 12-0 deficit with unexpected heroics from Fennell Howell and Tommy Cheung, a controversial disqualification that hurt Westminster, and a fine finish from Nate Casella. Wilde Lake went on to win, 38-30, for a clean sweep and a 2-0 start that makes last December seem like even more of a distant memory.

"These kids have really worked hard," Wilde Lake coach Rich Jackson said. "It's nice to get off to a good start, especially with all the disappointment and problems we've run into this year for whatever reason."

The Wildecats started the season with somewhat of a handicap. Antoine Harris (125) and Chris Turner (130), two of the team's most successful wrestlers last year, are not on the team this year. Harris transferred to Atholton. Turner moved out of state. And on top of that, returning county champion Nick Yoon (119) had to be scratched from last night's match because of sore ribs.

But that didn't stop the Wildecats from taming Westminster. Howell (125), who started his night by pinning Loyola's Nick Hollick, got Wilde Lake rolling against the Owls by turning a 9-5 deficit into an 11-9 victory over Ben Earhart. Howell scored five points in the final 25 seconds to pull Wilde Lake to 12-6. The Wildecats then won four of the next five matches -- one when Owls 140-pounder Brad Shisler was disqualified for punching Tony Crawford, after Crawford had been called for unnecessary roughness.

"I thought both of them should have been disqualified. Both violations were flagrant. The officiating was terrible," said Westminster coach Solomon Carr, who lost to Wilde Lake for the first time in four years.

"We made some big mistakes. We have the talent, but we're lacking heart right now," Carr said. "Did you notice how Wilde Lake's guys never stopped coming? They might not have the talent, but they have the heart."

L In the night's other match, Westminster edged Loyola, 33-30.

Loyola fared well, considering it had no representatives in the 103, 112 and heavyweight classes and gave away 18 points each to the Wildecats and Owls.

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