Mount St. Joseph swept its quad meet at Osbourn Park High in Manassas, Va., with a pin by No. 2-ranked Kenny Hunter (Hwt.) securing a 32-28 victory in the Gaels' toughest win over Solanco (Pa.).
The Gaels also downed Woodbridge, 35-24, and host Osbourn Park, 59-3.
Hunter had three pins, top-ranked Danny DeVivo (160) had two pins and a technical fall, fourth-ranked Tyran Dungee (145) had a pin and two major decisions. John Pitonzo (103) pinned twice in the two bouts in which he wrestled.
Going 2-1 for the Gaels were David Inkman (140, ranked second) and Jake Lissau (125, ranked sixth), Danny Mattson (130), Mike Schall (135) and Eric Schaefer (119).
Bobcats beat Gators
Last Tuesday, Bel Air's struggling squad, coached by Craig Reddish, scored its biggest victory of the year, 39-33, over then-No. 14 Perry Hall.
Trailing, 33-21, the Bobcats closed with pins from Romain Russell (171), Jeremiah Albright (189) and -- with the scored tied at 33 -- heavyweight Joseph Eunice in 1:45.
The Bobcats had fallen behind, 24-0, after the first four matches, including two forfeits, when Matt Birth (130) -- coming off of a bout with pneumonia -- sparked his club with a 27-second pin.
After that, Bel Air won six of the next eight bouts, including a 6-2 decision by Shawn Loper (135), a forfeit to Bryan Stewart (140) -- whose only loss came by 8-6 to North Carroll's fifth-ranked Tom Kiler -- and a pin by Jason Smith (145).
Perry Hall's Gators, the defending Baltimore County champion, were without two starters in fifth-ranked Steve Boothe, who was sick, and Steve Page (145), who is nursing an injured knee. Boothe decisioned Birth earlier this season.
Perry Hall and Bel Air each beat Woodlawn, the other team in the tri-meet, but the Gators' Rich Hanzevack dropped an overtime 6-4 decision to Woodlawn's county and regional champion, Mykol Thomas.
Thomas (19-2), who was third in last year's 3A-4A state tournament, trailed by 4-0 and was nearly pinned in the third period before reversing Hanzevack and putting him on his back to tie the bout. Thomas scored the winning takedown in overtime.
Later in the week, Thomas lost for only the second time of the year in a battle of county champions, 7-6, to Eastern Tech's Rex Marshall at 160 pounds.
Two days after beating Thomas, Marshall, dropped his first loss, 12-7, to Howard's fourth-ranked Chris Poling in the title bout of the Friends Tournament.
Also, Glenelg's Howard County champ, Jeremy Lignelli, edged Dunbar's fifth-ranked Baltimore City champ Lydell Henry, 6-5, in the semifinals before beating Maryland Scholastic Association champ Ethan Goldberg of Friends by 4-3 in the title bout.
Henry, last year's MSA runner-up to Goldberg, had suffered his only previous loss, 6-4, against No. 2-ranked Ryan Hersey of Lackey, a 1A-2A state runner-up last year.
Goldberg (20-2, 15 pins), ranked No. 6 at 160 pounds, had dropped to 152 for the tournament. His only previous loss came against Boys' Latin's Erik Fitez, who is ranked No. 5 at 160.
A coming attraction
There are some big match-ups in Baltimore County this week, beginning with No. 15 Hereford playing host to No. 12 Dulaney in a battle of 9-1 squads on Thursday. The same night, Perry Hall (8-2) plays host to a tri-meet featuring Eastern Tech (6-2) and No. 5 Owings Mills.
On Friday, No. 6 Broadneck (8-2) of Anne Arundel County visits Perry Hall.
1. Mount St. Joseph (6-0)
2. Francis Scott Key (10-0)
3. Old Mill (10-0)
4. Northeast (12-0)
5. Owings Mills (12-0)
6. Broadneck (8-2)
7. North Carroll (9-2)
8. Aberdeen (9-1)
9. South Carroll (10-1)
10. Oakland Mills (8-3)
11. Gilman (4-0)
12. Dulaney (9-1)
13. Sparrows Point (9-1)
14. North Harford (8-2)
15. Hereford (9-1)
Other teams receiving consideration: Perry Hall (8-2), Arundel (8-3), Pikesville (7-2), Chesapeake-AA (7-3), Eastern Tech (6-2), John Carroll (6-2), Boys' Latin (4-0), Curley (2-2).