Dulaney streaks along

January 27, 1995|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Dulaney coach Pete Chakmakas has said several times that in JTC this, his team's season of dreams, different heroes keep stepping up.

Last night, the visiting Lions found two more.

Jeff Thomas and Justin Tagg scored two key decisions as No. 12 Dulaney took six straight at one point and stretched its school-record winning streak to nine with a 35-30 victory over No. 15 Hereford.

Chakmakas expressed concern before the match about his team's chances because Dulaney (11-1) would be without four starters -- Ben Bulloch (119 pounds, flu), Brian D'Anna (140, dislocated knee), Damon Holmes (160, pulled chest muscle) and Brian Whitlock (171, fractured tibia).

In Chakmakas' view, four bouts could decide the match. The coach was unsure about 103, 112, 140 and 160 and said he hoped the Lions would win as many as possible -- but they won them all to stop the Hereford streak at seven.

"This team is amazing," said Chakmakas. "Usually, one guy goes down and it takes the wind out of a team's sails. These guys, they're something special."

Tom McGinley (103) quickly put Dulaney on top with a 6-0 decision over Chip Nassau.

Aslan Ettehadieh (112) followed for Dulaney with a 10-1 victory over Aaron Seiler.

Chris Copenhauer (119) gave Hereford (9-2) its first victory by pinning Mark Twardzik at 3:53. Craig Coleman(125) pinned Dulaney's Ziggy Gegala at 3:45 before Hereford forfeited to undefeated Alex Leanos (130).

Pat Kopalchick (135) of Dulaney scored an 11-0 shutout against Craig Leitzel before Thomas (140) stepped on to the mat against Mike Reidy.

Thomas fell behind early -- twice by three points -- but he battled back and an escape with 14 seconds left gave him a 7-6 victory.

That gave Dulaney a 20-12 lead, which quickly went to 26-12 when Hereford forfeited to Scott Kopalchick (145)

"I was wrestling sloppy [early], then I got psyched," said Thomas, a junior who has been battling to crack the Dulaney lineup all season. "I know it was big for the team. I gave it all I had."

After Joel Leksen (152) pinned Craig Singer to make the lead 20 points, Tagg (160) took on Steve Lannon. Last weekend, the Hereford wrestler topped Tagg, 2-0, at Overlea's tournament.

Last night, however, it was Tagg's turn. The Dulaney wrestler broke a scoreless tie late in the second period when he put Lannon on his back for three points and went on to a 6-0 victory -- which clinched the match for the Lions.

"He was tough, but I just had to stick with him," said Tagg, a sophomore recently up from junior varsity. "I just took it to him."

Jason Misterka (171) of Hereford pinned Chris Vocke at 3:32 in the night's final match. Dulaney forfeited to undefeated Roy Collins (189) and Glenn Warner at heavyweight.

"It could have gone either way," said Hereford coach Jim Long.

"You've got to give them credit. They wanted it more than we did."

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