Gilman upsets 5th-ranked Bullis, 40-24

WRESTLING

January 03, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

In its first wrestling dual meet of the season yesterday, 10th-ranked Gilman upset Montgomery County's visiting Bullis, the Maryland State Wrestling Association's fifth-ranked team, 40-24.

The Greyhounds (1-0) got pins from fourth-ranked Gerard Harrison (119 pounds), Jeff Wilke (130), R. C. Kauffman (160) and Jamie Biddison (171), and huge victories from Mike Henke (135) over Kevin Cronin, and Mark Shavers (152) over Tom Horwat. Cronin and Horwat began the season ranked No. 6 in the state.

Against previously unbeaten Bullis (2-1), Kauffman, a sophomore, wrestled his first high school match and pinned Bill Swanay in 3:19 to put the match mathematically out of reach, 34-12, with three bouts left.

"Putting him [Kauffman] in was a last-minute switch because Mike Kim had gotten an injured shoulder at St. Stephen's/St. Agnes [tournament, last week] and Kauffman had been away," said Gilman coach Chris Legg, who decided Friday night to drop Shavers to 152 and enter Kauffman in the lineup.

"Seeing Kauffman go out and perform under pressure was just great."

The Greyhounds led, 3-0, after Arman Tagizadeh's 3-2 decision, and led, 15-9, after Harrison's and Wilke's pins of 33 and 58 seconds, respectively.

Henke trailed Cronin, 6-2, with 20 seconds left but got a takedown and two backpoints for a 7-6 win that put Gilman ahead, 18-9.

Cronin is a defending Interscholastic Association champ (equivalent of the MSA tournament) and was sixth in last year's National Prep Tournament championships.

Shavers won a 12-3 decision over Bullis' Tom Horwat.

Bullis entered the match without one of its key wrestlers, starter Andy Butler, who is ranked No. 3 at 140 pounds.

That meant Bullis gave up a six-point forfeit to the Greyhounds' Alex Slagle.

"I thought that was a key," said Legg. "I think not having him really hurt [Bullis' options]."

The Greyhounds, who wrestle No. 7 Boys' Latin on Friday, were runners-up to second-ranked, four-time state champion Old Mill in last week's St. Stephen's/St. Agnes Classic, with Harrison winning his title bout, 8-3, over Park View's state champion, Mark Hernandez.

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