Barco's pin cements Gilman's win No. 3 Curley can't retain early lead and loses, 33-31, to No. 4 Greyhounds

January 21, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

At No. 3 Curley yesterday, Gilman coach Mark Harbold was greeted by a sign that read: "Coach Harbold, you are on the wrong side of the mat."

With his No. 4 Greyhounds trailing by 22 points with four bouts left, the former Curley coach wondered if that was true.

But Gilman (4-0) rallied to within six points after consecutive pins by No. 6 Kirk Caldroney (160 pounds, 9-2, six pins) and Dameon Davis (171), along with a forfeit to No. 1 Greg Plitt (189).

Then heavyweight Tony Barco overcame an 8-5 deficit with a pin of Curley's Reggie McTeer to secure a 33-31 victory for the Greyhounds in an interdivisional Maryland Interscholastic Association match.

Harbold, who had calculated the exact score of the match, said all his doubts about his team were erased entering the final bout, even though Barco and McTeer took turns nearly pinning each other.

"I figured it would come down to Tony," said Harbold. "We lost a couple we shouldn't have, and I'm disappointed for those kids, but I knew Tony would get it done."

Curley won seven of the first nine bouts to lead, 31-9, the biggest of which was Ben Verner building an 8-2 lead on John Holliday and fighting off his back for the last 35 seconds to win, 8-7, at 152.

Verner's win followed a headlock for a fall from Bill Curran (135, 6-1) and the 12th pin of the year for No. 5 Sal Aquia (145, 18-1).

Curley's streak included Mike Frey's come-from-behind eighth pin over Thomas Yoon at 103, a 13-3 decision by Ken Willson (125, 19-3, 13 pins) that included six near-fall points, and a decision by Mike Boettcher (130, 17-4).

Gilman trailed, 22-9, after Tommy Knowles (140), fresh off an upset of Loyola's No. 6 Dave Riley, pinned his foe in 3:28 -- something that is rare for Knowles.

"In the past, I haven't considered myself a pinner, but I've started to get better at that," Knowles said.

Said Gilman's Caldroney, "We put a lot of pressure on our lighter weights; some pulled through and some didn't. But when it all came down to it, we were happy with what they did."

One surprise was Gilman's Tim Webb (112), wrestling in only his third varsity bout. He scored a major upset over Tony Diem, overcoming a third-period 4-3 deficit with a reversal and near-fall points to win, 7-4.

At 119, Curley freshman Paul Boettcher (119, 22-2, 12 pins) scored an even bigger upset, 10-4, over No. 6 Maakan Taghizadeh. The bout was tied at 2 entering the final period when Boettcher scored eight points to pull away.

"We came out to win, but they came out a little more determined," said Curley coach Alan Gephardt, whose team is enjoying its best season in over a decade. "The 112 match was one we didn't expect to lose, and we didn't get pins at 125 and 130."

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