Unbeaten Boys' Latin won six straight bouts in the lower weights and went on to a 42-25 victory in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Division match at John Carroll yesterday.
It was the third win for Boys' Latin and dropped John Carroll's record to 6-2.
Mike Babiak, a John Carroll junior, who had compiled a 13-0 record at 189 while weighing around 175, won the feature pairing, as he got down to 171, and scored a 9-5 triumph over Erik Fitez.
Fitez (11-2), a winner at 171 in John Carroll's pre-Christmas tournament, came back at that weight, although he was up a class from his normal 160 where he is ranked No. 5 in the state.
Boys' Latin forfeited the first and last classes, but won eight of the 11 bouts. In its string of six wins, beginning at 112, there were three pins.
"Besides the opening forfeit, Jason Leneau [he had placed second at 140 in the John Carroll tournament, where he defaulted because of injury] is still sidelined, so we were moving some up a weight," Boys' Latin coach coach Jim Currie said. "At the same time, Todd Ulrich  had a good tournament last week and we inserted him in the lineup."
Ulrich began the run with a pin of Trey Muller-Thym, and was later joined in the group by Shawn Walter and Josh Silverman. Brian Berger went to 11-4 at 125; Tim Berger went to 12-1 at 140; and Lev Galitzin to 12-2 at 152.
Aside from the two forfeits, John Carroll's winners were A.J. deRosset at 145; Andy Dunn, 160, and Babiak. Besides Babiak's 14-0 record, the team's other top record belongs to senior heavyweight Greg Stotler at 17-1.
"We had a couple I would like to have seen go the other way [119, where Nick Attanasio lost in overtime after having Garry Colbert tie him with two seconds left in regulation and 135, where Paul Flis led 4-1 before getting pinned by Silverman], but I have to be satisfied. They are far more experienced," Patriots' coach Bill Reichert said.
Babiak was nervous going in against Fitez.
"For the match, I felt in control most of the way, but I'm feeling the pressure [of being undefeated]," Babiak said. "You keep winning and you get to a point where you wonder, 'Is this the one I'm going to lose.' "
"Babiak wrestled well and deserved to win, but I'd be interested in seeing a rematch," Currie said. "Fitez has been sick and not able to control his weight."