Frederick KOs Perry Hall, Old Mill

February 20, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

Frederick was the fourth seed entering yesterday's inaugural 3A-4A state dual-meet event at Westminster -- but it made Old Mill a state-runner-up for the first time in six years.

The Cadets (13-1) first won, 36-25, over Perry Hall (15-1), then shocked the crowd -- and coach Yank Strube -- with their 30-27 decision of Old Mill (16-3).

"We really didn't know what to expect out of Old Mill," said Strube. "I mean, our strategy was to attack, attack, attack. Our kids didn't back off in one match."

After a pin by Craig McIlvaine (160 pounds) gave the Cadets a 30-12 lead, the Patriots needed falls in the remaining bouts to secure a tie.

The match was mathematically over, however, after Old Mill's Eric Donoway (171) managed only a decision. Frederick forfeited the last two weight classes.

"Some key personnel weren't here because of injuries," said Old Mill coach Mike Hampe. "But tonight, they just out-muscled us."

Frederick led 24-12 after nine bouts, with Old Mill's No. 3 Jason Bryant (112, 26-3) getting a pin.

The Cadets got a fall from Dusty Bane (103), a 4-2 win by Lonnie Bane (119) over Shawn Radford (25-6), a technical fall by Tim Fields (125, 19-2) and a 6-3 decision by Tim Novak (130) over Old Mill's county champ Nick Basta (24-5).

After a major decision by Frederick's Jason Willard (135), the Patriots got decisions from Dave Basta (140, 20-5) and county runner-up Mike DiLeonardi (145, 24-6). The pressure was on after Frederick's Kristian Samuelson (152) overcame a 5-4 deficit to win, 9-5, over Larry Webster (14-5).

Old Mill, dethroned by Northeast Thursday night as Anne Arundel County champ, is the five-time champ in the state dTC tournament, which recognizes individuals, a title the Patriots will defend in two weeks at Western Maryland College.

"We've gotten knocked down a couple of times, but we'll keep getting back up," said Hampe.

The Patriots defeated Northern (15-1) of Calvert County, 36-16, in the semifinal, losing only two bouts as Northern's sixth-ranked Eric Miller (103, 30-0) got a fall and teammate Aaron McGowan (135, 28-4) a major decision along with a heavyweight forfeit.

But few of Old Mill's victories were easy as only DiLeonardi -- at 152 for the match -- won by a fall.

Webster -- at 160 for the match -- put it out of reach mathematically, 29-10, with his 11-2 major decision, and Donoway (171) added a decision to take the pressure off Old Mill's sixth-ranked county champ, Don Patterson (189, 26-5), in a 17-5 win over third-ranked Bernie Apshago (28-2).

Patterson scored nine back points to avenge an off-season loss.

Jason Bryant (112) beat Bruce Bevard (26-4) by 8-0, Radford had a decision, Dave Bryant (125) -- subbing for injured starter Paul Hultgren (18-4) -- edged Paul Hayden, 9-8, and the Basta brothers, Nick (130) and Dave (140), won decisions.

Old Mill went ahead 25-10 after a 10-7 decision by reserve Mike Hibbard (145, 14-4) over veteran Sean Healey (26-6), and DiLeonardi pinned Sean Stone (23-10) with a second left in a bout that was tied at 7-7 entering the final period.

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