Inkman, Dungee, DeVivo boost St. Joe

January 02, 1995|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

Top-ranked Mount St. Joseph finished eighth in last weekend's 25-team University of California (Pa.) Tournament, getting runner-up efforts from David Inkman (140), Tyran Dungee (152), Danny DeVivo (171) and Kenny Hunter (heavyweight).

Inkman, Dungee and Hunter all lost in overtime, and DeVivo, last year's Baltimore Sun All-Metro Wrestler of the Year, lost, 3-1, on a takedown with eight seconds left in regulation.

Inkman (12-1), ranked No. 3 by the Maryland State Wrestling Association, as well as Hunter (12-1) and l,3l DeVivo (10-1), each ranked No. 1 in their weight classes, all lost for the first time this season. Dungee, ranked No. 3, dropped to 11-2.

Dungee, Hunter and DeVivo dropped decisions to wrestlers who were ranked No. 1 in Pennsylvania, said coach Paul Triplett. Inkman's Pennsylvania opponent was fourth-ranked.

DeVivo, who injured his ankle prior to the tournament, said, "I wasn't able to train like I'd like to have, but that's no excuse for what happened."

Smithsburg Tournament

McDonogh's third-ranked Dave Trudil (135), second-ranked J. Plienis (hwt.) and unranked Phil Rosenbaum (171) took first in last week's 10-team Smithsburg Tournament.

Rosenbaum, a reserve behind third-ranked starter Martius Harding (flu), pinned all three opponents -- two in under a minute.

Trudil overcame an early 2-0 deficit with a semifinal pin of Linganore's Ryan Green, winner of the Chesapeake-Anne Arundel Tournament two weeks ago. He then edged Rising Sun's Chris Zuck, 7-4, in the title bout.

Plienis had two pins before winning, 11-7, over Thomas Johnson's Adam Hoffman.

Beckerman marches on

DeMatha's top-ranked Todd Beckerman (119), a Crofton resident, used a pin and a technical fall toward earning the title and Outstanding Wrestler honors at last week's 25th annual Warwick High (Pa.) Invitational.

Beckerman (17-0), a junior, improved to 117-1 with his 25th career tournament victory. A two-time National Prep Tournament champ, he is on pace to become the tournament's first four-time champ.

DeMatha, coached by Elkridge resident Dick Messier, had another champ in Matt Allman (152) and finished fourth at Warwick.

Stepping in line

If either Tommy Free (119), Gary Maynor (112), Mike Young (119) or Gary Mryncza (125) wins a state title at Sparrows Point, they will follow Luther Owens (185), the Pointers' first state champion in 1972, and Lawrence Frazier (119, 1982).

Lignelli leads

Glenelg sophomore Jeremy Lignelli is 13-1, his only loss coming 9-2 to Francis Scott Key's two-time state champ Randy Owings.

Lignelli is 2-1 at 145 pounds, and unbeaten at 152, having handed South Carroll's regional runner-up Charlie Conaway his first loss, 14-9. He also pinned Old Mill's regional champ Mike DiLeonardi only days after DiLeonardi had upset top-ranked, defending 3A-4A state champ Mark Chesla of Arundel, 9-3.

Lignelli, a Howard County champ and winner of the Outstanding Wrestler award at last year's county meet, aided the Gladiators' 29-28 upset of two-time county champ Hammond.

Bruins battle

In the recent nine-team Sterling (Va.) Tournament, Lonnie Donner (135), winner of the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler award, and Arto Vartanian (hwt.) took first place for runner-up Broadneck.

Placing second for the No. 7 Bruins were Ben Helbig (103) and Todd Betz (140). Isaac Putnam (140) and Julian Tai (135) were third.

TOP 15

1. Mount St. Joseph (2-0)

2. Francis Scott Key (4-0)

3. Old Mill (5-0)

4. Northeast (5-0)

lTC 5. North Carroll (5-0)

6. Owings Mills (7-0)

7. Broadneck (5-1)

8. Aberdeen (7-1)

9. Boys' Latin (2-0)

10. Arundel (4-2)

11. Chesapeake-AA (6-1)

12. South Carroll (7-0)

13. Gilman (3-0)

14. Eastern Tech (4-0)

15. Oakland Mills (5-1)

Other teams receiving consideration: Hereford (5-1), Sparrows Point (4-1), John Carroll (4-1), Perry Hall (3-1), Dulaney (3-1), Loyola (1-1), Severna Park (1-1), McDonogh (1-0), Westminster (1-1-1), Curley (0-1), Centennial (3-3), Calvert Hall (3-4).

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