St. Mary's springs latest surprise win at Boys' Latin

January 08, 1995|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

The Boys' Latin Tournament, in just its fourth year, quickly has earned a reputation for being full of surprises.

Unheralded Kenwood won last year's crown, surprising runner-up Riverdale Baptist, then ranked fifth in the state.

Yesterday, unranked St. Mary's (3-3) of Anne Arundel County edged the host and No. 9 Lakers, 135-130, as Jon Horrigan (119 pounds), Josh White (140) and Brian Kingsbury (152) won titles, Tim Klepper (112), Chris Brown (125) and Ernie Listman (160) were third, and Todd Simpson (103) fourth.

"White, Kingsbury, Listman and Simpson were out injured or sick during much of the first part of our season [which included losses to No. 3 Old Mill, Loyola and Boys' Latin, the latter by 56-21]," said coach Pat Maher.

White, a sophomore, won a rematch of last year's final, 15-6, over Kenwood's Rick Strong after having pinned Strong in 1:35 last year. Kingsbury overcame a 4-2 deficit with his third-period pin of Mervo's Bryant Cromwell.

Horrigan didn't get a championship rematch with Andy Railey of St. Mary's Ryken because Railey, an 8-2 winner over Horrigan in a previous tournament, defaulted after being injured in his semifinal win.

The Lakers' three champs were Erik Fitez (171, eight pins), Tim Berger (135) and Lev Galitzen (145). Galitzen (nine pins), a runner-up last year, decked all three opponents in the first period.

Fitez won a battle of Maryland Scholastic Association champions, 7-5, over Friends' fourth-ranked Ethan Goldberg, who entered the bout with 12 pins and two technical falls.

Berger, who won the tournament two years ago but missed last year's with a broken arm, scored his eighth pin of the year in 5:10 yesterday to dethrone last year's champ, Terry Hagy of Kenwood.

Berger pinned his other opponents in the first period but led only 3-1 at before finishing Hagy. His only loss this year came by 11-5 to DeMatha's Billy Phillips after leading, 5-0.

Southwestern (seventh place) had two champs in Ronnie Powell (125) and Eugene Warren (heavyweight). Powell handed Mervo's Millard West his first loss, 7-3, and Warren got his fifth pin of the year.

Spalding's Matt Gomes (171) scored two first pins and a 4-3 title-bout win. But his sixth-ranked teammate, sophomore Jimmy Foster (103) was pinned in his title bout by Riverdale Baptist's Jason Gabrielson.

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