Inkman, DeVivo back in winning form

January 09, 1995|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

All-Metro wrestlers David Inkman (140) and Danny DeVivo (160) won four matches each and became the area's only individual champions in last weekend's second-annual Mid-Atlantic Invitational Classic at St. Mark's in Wilmington, Del.

Their victories helped top-ranked Mount St. Joseph to finish fourth for the second straight season out of 16 teams from Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Vermont. And their efforts came a week after each wrestler had lost his first match of the season in overtime in their title bouts at the University of California (Pa.) Tournament.

At St. Mark's, each wrestler pinned his first opponent before scoring a technical fall, a major decision and a title-bout decision.

Inkman (16-1), who was fourth in last year's Mid-Atlantic, is ranked No. 2 in the state. He edged last year's runner-up, DeMatha's fourth-ranked Robert Alexander, by 12-9 in their title bout. The win was especially impressive because Alexander has this season beaten Francis Scott Key's third-ranked Randy Owings, 8-5, and has dropped all the way down from 152 pounds.

DeVivo (14-1), a runner-up at last year's event, won the title bout, 5-3, over Joe Brady of Absegami, N.J.

A long-awaited battle of Maryland Scholastic Association champs lasted just 38 seconds as McDonogh's 230-pound junior J. R. Plienis (Hwt.) used a headlock on Mount St. Joseph's 240-pound senior Kenny Hunter (15-3).

Plienis (12-1, eight pins), who also was third in last year's event, had been beaten badly by Hunter long ago in junior leagues. He had dropped his semifinal, 15-6, to eventual champion Matt Gaul of the Hill School. Plienis is 2-3 against Gaul.

Perry Hall's fifth-ranked Steve Boothe (130) edged DeMatha's sixth-ranked Billy Phillips, 10-6 for third place, but McDonogh's Dave Trudil (130), the area's only champion last year, placed fifth after losing an 8-6 decision to Phillips.

Mount St. Joseph's sixth-ranked Jake Lissau (125, third) and fourth-ranked Tyran Dungee (145, fourth) also were among the top four.

Garry Trott Invitational

Loyola (150.5 points) had two champions in Nick Hollick (135) and Mark Lilly (152), as well as runner-up finishes from four others to place a distant second to defending 3A-4A dual meet state champ Frederick (207.5) in last weekend's Garry Trott Invitational at Fallston.

Frederick, ranked No. 8 by the Maryland State Wrestling Association, had seven individual champions, including two-time state champ Tim Novak (140).

Third place Calvert Hall had three champs, the first coming as Robbie Johns (112) pinned Poly's city champ Tony Bridges in 5:33.

Next, No. 3-ranked two-time MSA champ Gino Amasia (119) ground out a 4-2 decision over Dundalk's Dan Simancek, who was fourth in last year's 3A-4A state tournament.

The Cardinals' MSA champ Brian Kapp, also ranked No. 3 in the state, won his title bout by a major decision.

Poly's Darnell Dezurn (171), an earlier winner of the Pikesville Tournament up at 189 pounds, dropped a class to win an 11-7 decision over an opponent from Bowling Brook.

Plitt wins title

Gilman junior Greg Plitt (171, 7-1) finished first in last weekend's Delone Catholic High's 12-team Christmas tournament in McSherrystown, Pa.

TOP 15

1. Mount St. Joseph (2-0)

2. Francis Scott Key (7-0)

3. Old Mill (6-0)

4. Northeast (8-0)

5. North Carroll (5-1)

6. Owings Mills (8-0)

7. Broadneck (5-1)

8. Aberdeen (7-1)

9. Arundel (6-2)

10. Chesapeake-AA (6-1)

11. South Carroll (7-0)

12. Gilman (3-0)

13. Eastern Tech (5-0)

14. Perry Hall (4-1)

15. Oakland Mills (6-4)

Other teams receiving consideration: Hereford (6-1), Sparrows Point (6-1), John Carroll (4-1), North Harford (4-1), Dulaney (3-1), Curley (1-1), Centennial (6-3).

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