Eastern Tech's Catlin wins 20th at Egdewood Tournament

January 30, 1995|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

Led by defending Baltimore County champ Joe Catlin (119), who took first place, Eastern Tech finished third behind Rising Sun, ranked No. 10 in the state, and Howard in Saturday's nine-team Edgewood Tournament.

Catlin was joined by teammate Jayson Sergotick (171) on the victory podium, with Bernie Rolason (125), Ricky Rowan (130), Ryan Dolly (135), Rex Marshall (160) and Jamie Blankenship (189) finishing second.

Blankenship (17-3) avenged an earlier loss with his 4-2 overtime semifinal victory over Howard's sixth-ranked Frank Tortella (19-1), but Marshall (18-3) lost to Howard's fourth-ranked Chris Poling (18-2) for the second time this season -- this time by 13-10 after leading 7-2.

Host Edgewood (fourth) had two champions in Eric Nelson (125) and Rob Mister (152). Harford Tech (eighth) had a runner-up with Leroy Simms (145), and Havre de Grace (ninth) had runner-up Don Collins (103).

But Catlin (20-2) was the story, with eight takedowns in a 20-6 title-bout decision over Rising Sun's Shane Racine. Catlin's only losses of the year have come by 5-4, to Sparrows Point's fifth-ranked Mike Young, and by 1-0 to Owings Mills' Adam Fink.

With Catlin, Young, Fink, and Dundalk's Dan Simancek, the 119-pound class may indeed be the county's toughest.

Simancek's only loss has come by 4-2 to Calvert Hall's third-ranked Gino Amasia, a two-time Maryland Scholastic Association champ and last year's National Prep runner-up.

Young was fourth in last year's 1A-2A states, and Simancek was fourth in the 3A-4As.

Calvert Hall on a roll?

Calvert Hall's 62-12 hammering of Spalding last week put the Cardinals' dual-meet record (6-5) above .500 for the first time this season.

The Cardinals, coached by Henry

Franklin, improved to 7-6 Friday after handling St. Mary's and falling to Poly.

Upset city

Woodlawn, Fallston and Loyola scored upsets last week. Loyola remained in the chase for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association crown.

Loyola (6-1, 5-1) overcame a 12-0 deficit to beat then-No. 11 Gilman, 31-28, last week, securing the match on a decision by Owen Kerney (189).

Loyola tied the match at 12 on consecutive pins by Keith Lilly (125) and Scott Smith (130). A 3-2 decision by Nick Hollick (135) over Gilman's Tommy Knowles put the Dons ahead, 15-12.

Dave Riley (140) scored another pin before Jeremy Smith (145) upset Kirk Caldroney with a 14-5 major-decision win.

Mark Lilly (152, 24-6), who had a decision victory, is one of four wrestlers with more than 20 victories. The others are Hollick (27-6), Kerney (22-11) and Scott Smith (23-9).

Woodlawn's win over then-No. 13 Sparrows Point included Damon Dennis (130) decking the Pointers' previously unbeaten Sean Mryncza, who entered No. 2 at 125 pounds.

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