Friars survive Aquia defeat, drub Loyola

January 04, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Third-ranked Curley won the war against Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A rival Loyola, 51-12, but the visiting Dons won a key battle at 145 pounds.

The Friars (4-0, 2-0) led the Dons (6-1, 0-1) by 30-6 after Loyola's first of just three wins, a second-period pin by Keith Lilly (140, 13-3).

Then came a marquee bout between Curley's No. 4 Sal Aquia (145, 13-1) and Dave Riley (16-1, 13 pins), the latter up from 140. Aquia had allowed just nine points entering the bout, and led 2-0 after a takedown.

But Riley's tough riding produced a second-period stall warning against Aquia. Riley dominated the third period, tying the bout on an early reversal, stopping Aquia's near-escape, then winning, 3-2, as Aquia was penalized for stalling with 10 seconds left.

It was 30-12 after Loyola's Scott Smith (152, 13-3) edged Ben Verner (10-4) by 4-3 on a takedown with 15 seconds left, but Curley's Pat Curran (160) overcame a 9-7 deficit to pin Paul Broccalina with 38 seconds left.

The Dons needed pins in the last three bouts for a tie, but lost, 5-3, in overtime to Greg Dennis (171), then were pinned by Anthony Chaustit (189) and Reggie McTeer (Hwt.)

Friars starter Mike Frey (103) missed weight, but reserve Sean Gresdo scored an 8-5 decision over Cory Eck that inspired his teammates. The Friars reeled off four straight pins for a 27-0 lead, and were up, 30-0, after Billy Curran's come-from-behind 9-7 win at 135.

Curley's No. 6 Tony Diem (112, 12-2 and Paul Boettcher (119, 19-2) also scored pins. Diem decked his eighth opponent in 1:34, and Boettcher his team-leading 12th in 27 seconds.

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