Gaels upset state's best, sweep meet


January 24, 1993|By Michael Richman | Michael Richman,Contributing Writer

POTOMAC — 'TC POTOMAC -- Both of Paul Triplett's wishes were satisfied yesterday.

The coach's desire for his Mount St. Joseph's wrestling squad to knock off Maryland's No. 1 team, Riverdale Baptist, became reality. After that high-octane win, he hoped the Gaels wouldn't suffer a letdown against remaining competition in the quad meet at Bullis Prep.

Again, Triplett and his wrestlers were fortunate. After a 42-21 victory over the Crusaders, Mount St. Joseph completed a sweep, topping Bullis, 48-21, and Altoona (Pa.), 36-24. The area's top team, Mount St. Joseph (7-0), now is destined to move into the state's premier spot.

Triplett felt a "vindication" in defeating Riverdale Baptist, which outscored his squad in two tournaments earlier this season.

"This is kind of nice to beat them head-to-head," Triplett said. "I was hoping we didn't have a letdown after the first win. It's tough to get up time after time after time."

Mount St. Joseph received three-win sweeps from Tyran Dungee (130), Shane McCarthy (145), Seth St. Vincent (152), Danny Devivo (160), Kevin Neville (171) and Dave Sunderland (heavyweight).

Devivo, the state's No. 1 160-pounder, had three pins. Neville, No. 1 at 152, wrestled well above his normal weight.

The day's marquee matchup was tainted by some unexpected developments. First, officials delayed the 103-pound match to the end because Riverdale Baptist's Nate Powell, ranked No. 4 in Maryland, failed to present written medical permission.

The Crusaders then forfeited 112, as Phil Meenan, tied for sixth in the state, weighed in one-eighth of a pound over 112, Riverdale Baptist coach Sean Castorina said.

The Gaels led 6-0. But at 119, Riverdale Baptist's Chuck Neilson avenged an earlier 8-4 loss to David Inkman with a pin at 2:19. Inkman is ranked sixth in the state.

Meenan jumped two weights to 125, where he met Russell Fecteau. Fecteau, who took a 7-2 lead after one period with a cradle lock, pinned Meenan at 3:00 for a 12-6 Gaels lead.

Mount St. Joseph went up 18-6 at 130, as Dungee recorded his first pin. Riverdale Baptist came back, though. In a major upset at 135, the Crusaders' Josh Young won, 8-7, over Paul Scott, rated No. 4 in Maryland, and Jeremy Young (140) pinned Andy Waskey at 3:08, creating an 18-15 match.

In response, the Gaels enlarged the lead, 30-15. McCarthy and St. Vincent took back-to-back decisions, and Devivo used a half-nelson to pin Jake Berry at :54.

Then came the back-breaker for Riverdale Baptist. Neville topped Greg David, 6-4, with a takedown in overtime. At that point, Mount St. Joseph led 33-15, creating the need for three pins for the Crusaders to at least tie. It wasn't to be.

"Neville's match was the key," Triplett said. "For a 152-pounder moving up, you could say it was an upset. But Kevin's very good, one of the best wrestlers in the state regardless of his weight."

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