Centennial enjoys Wilde Lake reversal

January 14, 1994|By Michael Richman | Michael Richman,Contributing Writer

It's been too long for Todd DeCrispino to be picky about how the victories come.

After losses to Wilde Lake in each of his first four seasons as Centennial wrestling coach, DeCrispino saw his Eagles manhandle the host Wildecats, 45-28, last night in a Howard County match.

That Wilde Lake is thin in depth and experience didn't detract from the victory by a markedly improved Centennial squad, DeCrispino said.

"It's just like history; it goes through cycles," he said. "My cycle right now is we're climbing our peak. We're still climbing, but next year and the year after we'll be hitting our peak."

While Centennial (6-3, 3-0 in the county) is becoming more respected by county foes, Wilde Lake (1-6, 0-4) is struggling after the graduation of four wrestlers and the transfer of four potential starters. The Eagles jumped to a 27-0 lead and took advantage of five pins and two forfeits.

"By losing some of the kids, we're real weak in the middle of the lineup," Wilde Lake coach Richard Jackson said. "All we can do is hope that our young kids keep getting better and improve. We need them to stay off their backs to win more matches."

In addition to the two forfeits, Centennial built its 27-0 lead on pins by sophomores Lance Rhodes (103 pounds) and David Roogow (112), and sophomore Matt Augustin's 9-4 decision over Chris McCullum at 125.

Wilde Lake sophomore Alex Hernandez (135) then scored a 16-6 major decision over Marshall Ward before the Eagles clinched the match on pins by junior Kevin Heywood (140) and sophomore Robert Rix (145) for a 39-4 lead.

Rhodes (14-5), Heywood (15-4) and Jason Nagle (16-4), who won byforfeit at 130, now have Centennial's best records.

Beforehand, DeCrispino predicted pins by Rhodes, Roogow and Heywood. However, he foresaw a loss to Wilde Lake's John Brooks by Rix, who, therefore, became one of the coach's surprises. Rix took a 7-2 lead on an early second-period takedown before pinning at 2:47 with a headlock.

"I felt pretty confident that I could beat him," Rix said. "I'm more focused now. I used to sit around before the match, but now I psyche myself up."

Wilde Lake senior Richard Jackson (152) pinned Richard Anacker at 4:53 for a 39-10 score, but Eagles senior Anthony DiPietro (160) became another of DeCrispino's surprises, using a half nelson to pin Perry Miles at 3:26.

Mike Green (171), Wilde Lake's two-time defending county and regional champion, who was academically ineligible in the season's first half, followed with a pin.

Then, in the evening's most exciting match, Wilde Lake senior Donnell Kelly pinned sophomore Joon Kim at 189 in 6:35. Kim led 13-9 late in the third period, but Kelly's reversal and takedown forced an extra period. Kelly (14-4) used a basic half nelson for the pin.

Wilde Lake junior Carlo Gerstenfeld (14-4) scored a pin over Aaron Perkins at heavyweight.

Before eyeing No. 8 Hammond, the Eagles will concentrate on their next match, a tri-meet against Oakland Mills and North Carroll this Tuesday, DiPietro said.

"The continued success we've had is due to the tenacity and intensity we've had in practice, as well as our perseverance," DiPietro said. "We're just trying to keep on top of things, one match at a time."

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