What was supposed to be a decent match turned into yet another mismatch for top-ranked Mount St. Joseph in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association.
Leading No. 13 Boys' Latin (6-1, 4-1) by 16-9, the Gaels (8-0, 5-0) won five of the last seven bouts, including pins by Ron Cooper (152 pounds) and No. 2-ranked heavyweight Kenny Hunter on the way to a 41-21 rout.
The victory secures the title in Group A of the MIAA for the Gaels. With Curley's 39-24 victory over No. 12 Loyola yesterday, the Gaels will take on the Friars on Feb. 21 for the MIAA title.
"That's the first team that has come at us and wanted to wrestle and not try to run and hide and duck all the good kids," said Gaels coach Paul Triplett, whose team led by as much as 33-9.
The Gaels' No. 2-ranked David Inkman (140) scored four takedowns in an 11-3 decision over Jason Leneau, a match that was tied at 2.
And fourth-ranked Tyran Dungee (145) scored a first-period pin against Lev Galitzen, who entered the bout having lost just twice.
A battle of Maryland Scholastic Association champs between top-ranked Danny DeVivo (171) and Boys' Latin's fifth-ranked Erik Fitez was not close, as DeVivo shut out Fitez, 7-0, to improve to 22-1.