No. 3 Old Mill finishes off Chesapeake

January 18, 1995|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Chesapeake had a start to remember last night against Old Mill.

But visiting Old Mill came up with an ending the Cougars would rather forget.

No. 3 Old Mill, after losing three of the first four matches, rebounded to win five in a row and seven of the final nine for a 43-25 victory over No. 10 Chesapeake in an Anne Arundel County match.

Old Mill (9-0, 8-0) used its strengths in the middle and upper weights to take control of the match.

After the fourth bout, the Patriots scored five pins to lock up the victory.

Getting late starts is something Old Mill coach Mike Hampe has seen before.

The Patriots fell behind to Arundel (18-0) and Broadneck (21-0) before rallying for a victory each time.

Hampe said experience in the middle and upper weights greatly helps the Patriots.

"From [125] on up, we have experience," said Hampe. "The younger kids have done well, but the older kids are the glue."

Six of last night's seven victories came from seniors, but freshman Eric DeCosmo (119) may have sparked the Patriots.

Trailing, 9-6, with just over a minute left, he reversed Al Lowe and pinned him with just 48 seconds left for Old Mill's first victory of the night.

Both Hampe and Chesapeake coach Tom Slichter called that bout crucial.

But the best stretch for the Patriots came when the three Mikes -- George (140), DiLeonardi (145) and Hines (152) -- each scored consecutive early pins to vault Old Mill into a 31-13 lead.

Hines' pin was the fastest. He came out and bulled Luke Schmitz around the mat before pinning him in only 50 seconds.

"We don't let [slow starts] affect us," said Hines. "That's the kind of team we are this year. You can definitely feel it when the momentum goes."

Two matches later, Eric Donoway (171) turned in an impressive performance to seal the Old Mill victory.

He often kept Marco Gulotto on his back before pinning him at 5:37.

Don Patterson (189) added one final pin for Old Mill before heavyweight Ken Reichert of Chesapeake (6-3, 5-3) pinned Chris Riggin in 23 seconds.

Before the match, Slichter said he hoped the Cougars could get off to a good start and then hang on after that. He got half his wish.

Chesapeake got a pin from Travis Gottlich (103) to start the match.

Gottlich upped his record to 20-0 with a pin of Brandon Croghan at 5:25.

The Chesapeake senior controlled the entire bout and finally put away the stubborn Old Mill wrestler at the end.

After that came decisions from Don Hall (112) and Matt Howard (125) for a 13-6 lead.

Later, Chad Duncan (160) fought off an early charge from Mike Ruth of Old Mill and pinned the Patriot at 4:23.

"Everyone wrestled well to a point," said Slichter. "Experience and aggressiveness took over in the upper weights."

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