St. Mary's proves point by taking 3rd in Quaker

January 24, 1993|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

The St. Mary's wrestling team felt it had something to prove to its bigger opposition at yesterday's Quaker Invitational at Friends.

And with a third-place finish, the Saints did just that.

The team placed four wrestlers in the finals, beating out 14 other Maryland Scholastic Association schools and gaining, in the minds of some of its wrestlers, some much-needed respect.

"Some people put us down because we're only a small Catholic school," said 171-pound champion Scott Thompson. "This was important to us as a team to come out here and beat some of the bigger schools."

St. Mary's finished third with 122 points, losing only to champion Loyola (165.5) and second-place Westminster (122.5). Other county finishers included Archbishop Spalding, 14th with 25 points, and Severn, which didn't score.

Going up against the bigger MSA schools and tougher competition is always a challenge to the St. Mary's wrestlers, coach Brad Best said.

"It gets the kids pretty fired up," Best said. "The next time we'll see these guys will be at the MSA championships. I was very pleased. They all wrestled very well."

St. Mary's champions included 103-pounder Tim Klepper, 125-pounder Steve Truitt and Thompson. Don White (130) and heavyweight Chris Price also made it to the finals.

Other champions were Bruce Pendles (112) of Dunbar, Jason Gibson (119) of Loyola, Steve Truitt (125) of St. Paul's, George Chandler (130) of Walbrook, Brad Schistler (135) of Westminster, Greg Smith (140) of Loyola, Neil Brenner ( 145) of Westminster, Pierre Ford (152) of Forest Park, Pete Karvounis (160) of St. Paul's, Dave Daniecki (189) of Loyola and heavyweight Wayne Ezell of Pikesville.

Said Thompson: "I think we made a pretty good showing of ourselves."

-! And the big boys took notice.

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