Forfeits hurt Atholton in loss to Centennial

January 12, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Pins by Kevin Haywood (140 pounds) and David Roogow (112) were the keys to Centennial's fifth straight wrestling victory, as the Eagles defeated host Atholton yesterday, 33-29.

An Atholton forfeit at heavyweight also proved crucial. Doug Webb was ill and unable to wrestle. And in Atholton's previous match this season with Centennial, it was his pin that gave the Raiders a 39-34 win.

Atholton (3-5, 1-2) also forfeited at 189 pounds, a spot it hasn't been able to fill this season. The Raiders dropped 12 team points because of the two forfeits.

"Twelve points is too much to give up when you are fairly equal," Atholton coach Ron McMillan said.

But Centennial (5-3, 2-0) was happy with the victory, no matter how it was achieved.

"Winning is contagious," Centennial assistant coach Ed Rothstein said. "We've shown a vast improvement since December because our heads are in the match and we're more focused."

Centennial assistant coach Ed Keen saw yesterday's victory as a big one for the Eagles: "Being able to come back and beat them in a league match after losing to them earlier means a lot. We're going to make some noise around the county this year. There's going to be some surprises."

Keen had special praise for Anthony DiPietro (160) and Dak Wasson (171) for their efforts at avoiding being pinned. "They were both huge underdogs but they never quit," Keen said.

DiPietro lost to Ricky Trott, 14-7, at a point when Atholton desperately needed a pin. The Raiders were leading 23-21 at the time and Trott's win made it 26-21 with just one Atholton wrestler remaining.

Even if Matt Radik (171) had come up with a pin for Atholton, it would have left the Raiders one point short. But Wasson fought to a 5-2 loss after entering the third period tied 2-2.

In the previous match between the teams Trott had wrestled up a class and pinned Wasson.

Centennial's Joon Kim (189) and Aaron Perkins (heavyweight) were beneficiaries of the forfeits. Kim is 12-6 with eight pins.

"We knew we had to do well at the lower weight classes," said Haywood (140), whose pin over freshman Tim McGrail gave him a team-high 12 pins and a 14-5 record.

Roogow was winning 9-2 after two periods but pinned freshman Brian Loeffler at 4:55 to give the Eagles three unexpected points.

Lance Rhodes also got a pin a 103 for Centennial, but his was expected. It came at 1:37 over freshman Elliott Lipple.

Jason Nagle (130), who is 15-4 with nine pins for the Eagles, ran into a tough opponent, sophomore Stefan Pastine, but managed a 7-2 decision.

The rest of the matches belonged to Atholton.

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