String of wins carries Gilman past Loyola

January 14, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

The ninth-ranked Gilman wrestling team looked shaky in the early going of last night's match against No. 15 Loyola.

In the 130-pound weight class, however, the host Greyhounds used a most unusual method to regain the momentum.

Another loss.

An inspired effort by sophomore Tom Knowles against Loyola standout Jason Gibson was just the spark that Gilman needed en route to a 39-16 Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference win.

Knowles hung tough throughout the match with the Maryland State Wrestling Association's fifth-ranked wrestler, forcing overtime when the senior was called for two stalling penalties in the final period.

Though Gibson went on to win the match, scoring a takedown one minute into overtime to win, 5-3, and end Knowles' bid for an upset, the emotion generated on the Greyhounds' bench lasted well into the night.

"That's when the momentum really started," said Gilman coach Chris Legg. "He wrestled him well, and that really got us going. In this sport, you really feed off your teammates."

And after losing a major decision at 135, the Greyhounds (5-1 overall, 4-0 in the conference) began to demonstrate how fired up they were.

With his team trailing 13-12, Gilman 140-pounder Kirk Caldroney started a string of six consecutive wins for the Greyhounds that broke the match open.

Caldroney, a sophomore, scored a 4-2 victory over Nick Hollick to give his team a lead it never relinquished.

"I was kind of nervous before the match, but once I got in there I felt good. It just kind of played itself," said Caldroney, who had to withstand a late rally by Hollick.

"I wasn't necessarily worried about us losing the match. I knew that if we wrestled well, we would be in good shape."

After Caldroney, Greg Plitt, another sophomore, took a 6-0 decision over Mark Lilly in 145-pound bout, and, at 152 pounds, John Bond followed with a 7-1 win over Dave Miller to extend the Greyhounds' lead to 21-13.

John Barbato and Nick Hunter then each won their matches with pins, and Jamie Biddison received a forfeit win at 189 pounds to give his team its sixth straight win.

The inexperienced Dons (4-1, 4-1) had plenty to cheer about early in the meet.

Trailing 4-1 midway through the second period, Dons 119-pounder Dave Riley pulled a shocker, catching Gilman standout Boyne Kim in a cradle and scoring the pin at 2:49.

After Gibson's victory at 130, the Dons then took a 13-12 lead when Jeremy Smith scored an 11-3 major decision win over Tom Coyle.

For Loyola, inexperience and injuries took their toll. Five Dons competed outside their weight classes and only one, Gibson, has at least three years of high school experience.

"It's a big factor against a school this good," said coach Dennis Frazier. "Gilman wrestled well today, and we just had to give up too much."

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