Eagles' Trudil wins 119 title in Del. match

January 10, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Wrestling with a dislocated finger, unheralded sophomore David Trudil of McDonogh edged William Penn's Joe Bond, 11-6, for the 119-pound title in yesterday's Mid-Atlantic Invitational Classic at St. Mark's High in Wilmington, Del.

Mount St. Joseph, ranked No. 1 by The Baltimore Sun and the Maryland State Wrestling Association, finished fourth, one point

out of third place, in the 11-team field, which included several of the top teams from Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey.

For the Gaels, All-Metro Danny DeVivo (160) and Paul Scott (140) were second, Tyran Dungee (135) was third, and Erik Shaffer (103), Jake Lissau (112), David Inkman (130) and Seth St. Vincent (152) were fourth.

The McDonogh Eagles' J. R. Plienis (189) finished third in his weight class.

Also taking first was DeMatha's top-ranked, undefeated Todd Beckerman (112), a Crofton resident and a defending National Prep champ. DeMatha, ranked No. 5 by the MSWA, led by Beckerman, who also has won titles in tournaments at Archbishop Curley, Annapolis, Herndon (Va.) and Lackey of Charles County.

DeMatha's Jerry Sloan (130), also of Anne Arundel County, was a runner-up.

The tournament's team champion was Brick Memorial, New Jersey's top-ranked team and last year's Class A champ. Blair Academy (N.J.) of Blairstown was the runner-up, followed by Delaware's top-ranked team, William Penn, which entered the tournament ranked No. 13 by Wrestling USA magazine.

The Gaels edged host St. Mark's, Delaware's third-ranked team, with DeMatha taking fifth place.

McDonogh finished last, but had the area's only individual champion with Trudil (11-2, six pins), who won three matches to reach the title bout, including a pin.

Bond was Delaware's top-ranked wrestler at 119 pounds.

"With all the great teams and wrestlers that were there, this really felt great," said Trudil, who is ranked No. 6 at 119 by the MSWA.

"My finger was really bothering me, but it was mind over matter. I hope to stay on a roll and continue to improve."

DeVivo lost his title bout, 14-12, in overtime to Delaware's top-ranked Jason Moaney.

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