Mt. St. Joseph rolls to MSA wrestling title MSA wrestling

February 21, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Mount St. Joseph wrestling coach Paul Triplett isn't often wrong about his top-ranked squad. He was yesterday, however, after his Gaels (296.5 points) breezed to their 18th Maryland Scholastic Association tournament title at Poly.

Expecting a tough challenge from No. 6 runner-up Boys' Latin (203), Triplett said Thursday, "It won't be a blowout." But with eight finalists entering yesterday, the Gaels (12-0) already had more points (257.5) than in winning last year's title (257).

Gaels' champs were top-ranked wrestlers Danny DeVivo (160, 31-2) and Kevin Neville (171, 33-2), second-ranked Dave Sunderland (heavyweight, 31-2), third-ranked Shane McCarthy (145, 31-3), and freshman Tyran Dungee (130, 27-7). Sunderland and Neville are repeat champs.

McCarthy had three pins and a 14-0 championship win over Poly's City-Wide champ, Joe Collick (21-4). Neville pinned St. Mary's Scott Thompson (30-4) in 3:19, and Sunderland had three pins and a decision over Gilman's David Shapiro.

Dungee edged Boys' Latin's Jim Quinn (28-5) on overtime riding criteria. Quinn led, 3-2, in regulation, but yielded a stalling point with two seconds left. DeVivo won a battle of sophomores, 3-1, over Dunbar's City-Wide runner-up, Martius Harding (21-5).

"I got beat pretty bad in the beginning of the year," Dungee said. "But my teammates are so inspiring, I just can't believe it."

Boys' Latin (9-1) had runners-up in Quinn and the Harrison twins, Ashley (119, 29-7) and Mike (125, 30-6).

After consecutive runner-up finishes, Gilman's No. 2-ranked senior Gerard Harrison (119, 30-0) won a crown, 9-3, over Ashley Harrison and claimed the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler Award. But Gerard's teammate, Mark Shavers (152, 27-8) lost, 6-3, to Forest Park's City-Wide champ, Pierre Ford (28-0).

"It's been a long road, but I'm happy to win just once," said Harrison, who reached the final after his 16th and 17th pins.

Loyola's two champs have 31-2 records -- sixth-ranked Greg Smith (140) and second-ranked Dave Daniecki (189) -- and remained tied for the school record (89) in career victories.

Smith blanked the Gaels' Joe Aiosa, 5-0, as Aiosa was runner-up for the second straight year. Greg's father, Steve, a tournament referee, watched nervously from a distance.

Daniecki's 13-0 win was his second over Forest Park's City-Wide champ, Omar Villanova (27-2, 18 pins) for Daniecki's second straight crown.

OC With 1:04 left, Calvert Hall's third-ranked Brendan James (135,

27-3) reversed the Gaels' Paul Scott (27-8) for a 7-5 win and his second straight MSA crown. James' sophomore teammate, Gino Amasia (103, 26-3) had a 4-3 win over the Gaels' Jake Lissau (26-11).

In his 6-4 upset of Dunbar's fourth-ranked, former MSA champ Bruce Pendles (112, 24-1), Curley's Sean Mryncza (24-3) overcame a 2-0 deficit -- nearly pinning Pendles in the second period.

St. Paul's fourth-ranked Steve Truitt (125, 31-2) earned his title, 3-2, over Mike Harrison after finishing fourth and third the past two years.

B Conference runner-up, St. Mary's (100 points, fifth), coached by Brad Best, did its best ever in dethroning Southwestern for the B-C trophy.

The Saints' place-winners were Thompson, Dan White (130, third), Dave Carroll (119, fourth) and Chris Price (heavyweight, // fourth).

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