Boys' Latin awaits Mt. St. Joe

January 29, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Ryan McClernan was a reserve 132-pounder and Jim Currie was an assistant coach to Billy Gamper for Boys' Latin when the Lakers upset Mount St. Joseph, 33-24, in a wrestling dual meet in 1985.

Five years later, McClernan coached Boys' Latin's junior league team to a division title and a league runner-up finish. The majority of that squad wrestles for Boys' Latin, now coached by Currie, whose assistant is McClernan.

Today at 3:45 p.m., the No. 7 Lakers play host to their top-ranked Maryland Scholastic Association rivals. "I'm hoping history will repeat itself," Currie said. "All but one guy was on that team three years ago. They've grown up wrestling together."

The Lakers are 6-0 overall, 5-0 in the MSA A Conference.

"They believe in themselves, and they go for the pin," Currie said. "If ever we were in position to go all the way, this is the year."

The Gaels (7-0, 4-0) have a 29-match winning streak against teams in the state, last losing to Gilman, 29-28, in 1990.

The Lakers may have an edge in the first two bouts with 103-pound Josh Silverman (13-5, nine pins) facing the Gaels' Jake Lissau, and 112-pound Tim Berger (21-2, 11 pins) meeting the Gaels' Mike Pyle.

The 119-pound bout features the Lakers' Ashley Harrison (19-6, 14 pins) against MSA runner-up David Inkman (18-6). At 125 pounds, Ashley's twin, Mike (22-3, 18 pins), takes on Russell Fecteau (19-4), and John Quinn (130, 18-3) battles the Gaels' Tyran Dungee (10-7).

"If we win 119 to 130, we've got a good shot at winning," McClernan said.

There is a rematch at 135, where the Gaels' fourth-ranked Paul Scott (17-6) meets sixth-ranked Shane Marquess (20-3, 16 pins). Scott won the first time, overcoming a 5-0 deficit with his pin in 5:45.

Boys' Latin has an edge at 140, 152 and 189, with Lev Galitin (13-7) tackling the Gaels' Andy Waskey, the Lakers' Erik Fitez (152, 20-6) meeting Seth St. Vincent, and Pat Cairns (12-7, nine pins) facing a Gaels' junior-varsity substitute.

"If we don't win some of the early matches, it won't be devastating," said Gaels coach Paul Triplett, whose No. 2-ranked heavyweight Dave Sunderland (20-2) will receive a forfeit. He considers the Lakers' Mike Cangemi (145, 17-4), Jarrett Leeb (160, 13-9) and Chris Smith (171, 15-5) as underdogs to fourth-ranked Shane McCarthy (145, 19-3), top-ranked Danny DeVivo (160, 21-2) and top-ranked Kevin Neville (171, 22-2).

Gilman Duals

Saturday's fifth annual Gilman Duals features eight of the best wrestling programs from Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware in a dual-meet, team-championship format.

The first round features unbeaten two-time 2A-1A state champion Owings Mills, ranked No. 6 in the area, facing No. 8 Gilman of the MSA.

Owings Mills wrestlers Gregg Kessler (135) and Grant Johnson (171) are top-ranked, two-time state champions, with Johnson battling Gilman's MSA runner-up Jamie Biddison. Gilman's third-ranked Gerard Harrison (119) is an unbeaten lower weight, and Owings Mills' Jason Pinsky (160), sixth-ranked Ed Overton (189) and heavyweight Clint Helphenstine have four losses combined.

The Owings Mills/Gilman winner meets the Blair Academy (N.J.)/Oxford (Pa.) winner. Oxford ranks fifth among small schools in its state. The loser faces the Owings Mills/Gilman loser.

In other first-round matchups, DeMatha, ranked No. 10 by the Maryland State Wrestling Association, meets Delaware state champion St. Mark's, the tournament's three-time champ, and Prince George's County's Riverdale Baptist, the MSWA's top-ranked team, meets Woodberry Forest (Va).

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