Loyola puts Curley drubbing behind it with victory at Trott Five individual titles help Dons bounce back

January 07, 1996|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Loyola, seeking to prove it is a better team than the one that lost to Archbishop Curley, 51-12, on Wednesday, claimed five individual titles and easily won the second Garry Trott Invitational tournament at Fallston yesterday.

The Dons, runners-up to champion Frederick last year, added two seconds and two thirds and totaled 196 points. Eastern Tech, with three titlists, was second (133 1/2 ), followed by Calvert Hall (125) and host Fallston (112) in the eight-team field.

"We were really serious here," said Loyola senior Dave Riley (19-1), a winner here, and one of his team's three winners against Curley. "We bumped people up a weight in that one, and we were not happy with what happened."

In the 140-pound final, he dispatched Joe Ercolano of Fallston, 15-2.

Dennis Frazier, in his 11th year as the Dons' coach, said his team was intimidated by Curley, and marked the first time he had seen any of his wrestlers back off. Of the shifts, he said, "I thought we had a better chance that way. Here, this one helps the mental part."

Junior Keith Lilly (135 pounds) and junior Scott Smith (145) were the other Loyola wrestlers to win against Curley, and here the three champions were joined by senior Nick Marsalek (130) and sophomore Pat Brannan (171).

Eastern Tech had three winners, all of whom are undefeated for the season with 6-0 records, Demetrios Gourgoulianis (112), Hector Santana (160), and Jamie Blankenship (heavyweight).

Lilly, runner-up at 125 pounds last year, had the toughest title-winning struggle, rallying for seven third-period points and a 9-9 tie, then pinning Joppatowne senior Steve Morgan in 47 seconds. It was Morgan's second loss of the season, both in overtime.

Sir Walter Johnson of Bowling Brook had a see-saw match with Greg Miller of Loyola at 125, eventually winning, 8-7, on a reversal with 45 seconds left. The Carroll County school earned one other championship when unbeaten Andrew Blake (152) decisioned Poly's Joe White, 11-2. Coach Jim Tavenner's team placed fifth with 106 points and was honored with a sportsmanship award.

There were six final-round pins, and for Marsalek, Lilly and Smith, plus Rob Johns (119) of Calvert Hall, it meant three-match sweeps via falls. Chris Hanlon (103) of Calvert Hall, won his first match by forfeit, then pinned his last two opponents. The other pin was by Blankenship.

Poly's Mike Bayne collected the other title with a decision at 189. Nine of the winners were top seeds, two were seconds.

Completing the team scores were Poly 88 1/2 , Western Tech 59, and Joppatowne 34.

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