Unbeaten Mount St. Joe proves to be too much for Boys' Latin

January 30, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

At the beginning of yesterday's match, Coach Jim Currie had seen eight years pass since Boys' Latin had beaten a Mount St. Joseph wrestling team.

Assistant coach Drew Haugh had spent three years grooming the team in his post as junior-league mentor.

But at the conclusion, both coaches learned they would have to wait a little longer for an upset of the top-ranked, 17-time defending Maryland Scholastic Association champion Gaels.

Like the rabbit in the TV battery commercial, the Gaels' 32-27 victory at Boys' Latin kept them rolling to remain unbeaten in 30 matches against dual-meet opponents in the state. Gilman -- the last Maryland school to beat Mount St. Joseph -- defeated the Gaels, 29-28, in 1990.

With four bouts left yesterday, the Gaels (8-0, 5-0) overcame a 21-16 deficit on a major decision by top-ranked Danny DeVivo (160, 22-2), top-ranked Kevin Neville's (171, 23-2) 13th pin and a forfeit to second-ranked heavyweight Dave Sunderland (21-2).

"What a great match. We knew they'd come out fired up," said Neville, whose pin in 1:44 of Chris Smith (15-6) and Sunderland's forfeit negated a pin by Pat Cairns (189, 10 pins) of the No. 7 Lakers (6-1, 5-1).

Second-ranked Shane McCarthy (145, 20-3) was a freshman when Gilman beat the Gaels.

"I didn't want that again," said McCarthy, whose first-period pin brought the Gaels within 18-16. "It gave us some motivation and quieted their crowd down."

Boys Latin led 15-3 after four bouts, with the Gaels' Jake Lissau (103) winning, 7-0, over Josh Silverman, and the Lakers' Tim Berger (112, 22-2) getting his 13th pin.

MSA runner-up David Inkman (119, 18-7) lost, 3-2, to the Lakers' Ashley Harrison (20-6) after Harrison's escape with three seconds left. Ashley's twin, Mike (125, 23-3) cradled Russell Fecteau (19-5) with 29 seconds left for his 19th pin.

The Gaels took the next two bouts to come within 15-10. Freshman Tyran Dungee (11-7) scored an upset win, 4-2, in overtime over Jim Quinn (18-4).

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