Old Mill comes back to floor DeMatha Wrestling

January 23, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

The first match of the season for Old Mill's 210-pound junior heavyweight Bob Shaffer ended quickly: He was pinned by Walt Whitman's top-ranked Emil Dolzeal, a 275-pounder.

But since that bout -- more than a month ago -- Old Mill coach Mike Hampe said, "Bob's been fighting back," and last night's 34-26 victory over DeMatha (6-2) was a good example.

Shaffer faced an imposing challenge in the Stags' 270-pound Paul Fitzmaurice with the match and the Patriots' 25-match winning streakon the line. He overcame a 2-0 deficit, countered a cradle pinning maneuver and planted Fitzmaurice in 2:35.

"I looked over and saw my teammates, and that inspired me," said Shaffer.

Old Mill (6-0) also had a 66-6 win over tri-meet host North County (2-6-1), a 54-12 loser to DeMatha, to raise its streak to 27.

The Patriots, who trailed, 26-12, with three bouts left, got their first lead, 28-26, after Todd Hultgren's (160) major decision and pins by state champion Marc Procaccini (171) and sophomore Don Patterson (189).

DeMatha led 17-3 after the first four bouts, with only Old Mill's Jason Bryant (112) getting a 7-3 decision of Brian Page.

The Stags' top-ranked Todd Beckerman (103, 25 pins) scored a 16-0 technical fall to improve to 32-1, Bill McKinney (119) won, 6-3, over Paul Hultgren, Rob Alexander (125, 31-2) nailed his 25th pin, and the Stags' Jerry Sloan (130) edged Dave Basta, 6-5, with a last-second takedown.

The Patriots trimmed the deficit to 17-12, with Kevin Seavey's (130) major decision, and Rick Oleszczuk's (140) 17-0 technical fall.

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