Dulaney stays on win roll, edging Northeast, 34-33 Dual victory is seventh straight for 8-1 Lions

January 27, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

For the sixth time this year, Dulaney coach Pete Chakmakas put his No. 8 Lions against an area-ranked team. And again they responded, edging No. 11 Northeast, 34-33, at Northeast last night.

"This was the best lineup I could put on the mat," said Chakmakas, whose Lions (8-1) won their seventh straight dual match.

"Northeast came at us hard in every match, but I like it that way. We made some mistakes, but in the end our kids never gave up."

In the night's best bout, Northeast's defending regional champ, T.R. Fleming (145, 14-2), overcame deficits of 2-0 and 3-1 against defending region runner-up Pat Kopalchick (11-2), tying the bout at 3 on a takedown with 26 seconds left in regulation, and winning, 5-3, on another with 30 seconds left in overtime.

"He was tough on his feet and tough down on the mat," said Fleming. "I just kept pushing, and I think the story tonight was conditioning."

Dulaney led, 28-21, after Scott Kopalchick (152, 12-1) pinned in 3:13, and defending Baltimore County champ Damon Holmes (160) overcame a 5-3 deficit to pin Northeast's Tyrone Eaton (14-3), a regular 152-pounder.

But Northeast (8-4) came within 28-27 after Justin Tagg (171) -- ahead 4-1 and preparing to pin Shawn Maurer -- got decked himself instead. Then a pin by Brian Whitlock (189) put the match mathematically away, 34-27, for Dulaney, negating the 13th pin of the year by Northeast's Scott Laumann (Hwt., 14-2).

Dulaney led, 16-9, after the first five bouts, getting a 13-4 decision by Ben Bulloch (119) over Ray Rogers, a pin from Mark Twardzik (125), who survived nearly being pinned in the second period, and a first-period fall by Matt Bulloch (130).

Northeast had a 6-0 decision by James Fleming (103), and the 10th fall of the year by Glen Mosco (112, 14-3) in just 1:45.

The Eagles won the next three bouts, including Fleming's win, to lead, 21-16.

Chris Morrow (135, 15-0), who has 10 pins, built a 13-4 lead over Billy Myers (6-2, three pins), but had to fight off his back in the closing seconds to win, 13-10.

Then No. 6 Jay Queer (140, 14-1) overcame a 2-0 deficit for his 13th pin of the year over Jeff Thomas.

"A couple of points the other way, and they could have beaten us just as easily," said Whitlock. "But tonight we showed a lot of heart, and that's why we came out on top."

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