Coach makes all the right moves, Loyola holds off McDonogh, 39-30

December 22, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Loyola survived a big test with yesterday's 39-30 victory at Maryland Scholastic Association rival McDonogh, thanks to a nifty move by coach Dennis Frazier, who had to overcome the absence of two injured starters.

Frazier's squad had swept five straight bouts to go ahead 35-12 after 152 pounds. McDonogh's Eagles (0-1) needed pins in the remaining four matches to pull out a 36-35 victory.

No. 4 Martius Harding (160) answered for McDonogh, pinning Jon Barbato with a second left. His teammate, Phil Rosenbloom overcame a 5-0 deficit to pin Nick Hunter.

Then Frazier pulled a classic move, yielding the forfeit to McDonogh's top-ranked J. R. Plienis (189), and bumping Bob Riley -- the 189-pound regular -- to heavyweight against McDonogh's 195-pound Albert Gibson.

"I just went out and took it to him," said Riley, whose 9-0 decision secured the win.

"J. R.'s been around enough to know that's going to happen," said McDonogh coach Frank Antonelli. "We had some guys make mistakes, some of which got us pinned. Albert didn't lose it for us."

The Dons (2-0) led 12-6 after pins by Scott Smith (112) and Dave Riley (119) countered a forfeit to McDonogh at 103. McDonogh's Dave Trudil (125) made it 12-12 on his first-period pin before the Dons mounted their five-bout run behind No. 6 Jason Gibson (130, 12-1) and Nick Hollick (135, 11-2)

Loyla was up, 19-12, after Gibson's major decision and Hollick's 8-7 win over Tim Gormley on a buzzer-beating reversal. Jeremy Smith (140) scored a major decision, and pins by Mark Lilly (145) and Dave Miller (152) made it 35-12.

Loyola was without Mercersburg Tournament champ Owen Kerney (171) and Mercersburg runner-up Adam Baker (103), who were out with a broken collarbone and a broken finger, respectively. "We had lost only one match before 160, so there's not much else I could have asked," said Frazier.

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