Catonsville throws a scare into Dulaney

January 31, 1996|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A meeting between two Baltimore County mat powers was supposed to have been "the main event" at yesterday's tri-match at Dulaney.

Instead, it was unranked Catonsville that nearly delivered the knockout blow.

Less than two hours after getting blown out by Dundalk, the Comets came back to take a 30-10 lead over No. 8 Dulaney after the 145-pound match and seemed to be headed toward a huge upset.

But the host Lions roared back, winning four straight matches before heavyweight Ryan Frost -- trailing, 7-4, late in the decisive match -- scored a pin to give Dulaney a 37-30 win.

The Lions had handed county power Dundalk a 48-18 shellacking minutes earlier.

"I knew they [Catonsville] were a good wrestling team, but our kids were primed for Dundalk," said Dulaney coach Pete Chakmakas. "I knew we'd come back, but I didn't know that we'd come back all the way to win it."

After bolting ahead with six wins in the first eight matches, Catonsville (6-6) never could administer the final blow.

"I'm not pleased," said Comets coach John Leslie. "We should've won the match and we lost it."

Dulaney began its comeback with decisions by Pat Kopalchick (152), Scott Kopalchick (160), and pins by Justin Tagg (171) and Brian Whitlock (189).

Then Frost clinched the team victory by defeating Rick Bosworth.

Earlier in the day, the Lions ripped a Dundalk team missing five wrestlers.

"As soon as I found out everybody was hurt or missing, I pretty much assumed [we wouldn't win]," said Dundalk coach Rob Hutsler.

Dulaney (9-1) dominated, winning 10 of the 13 matches, including three by forfeit.

The match of the day came in the 171-pound class, where defending county champion Damon Holmes got all he could handle from Dundalk's Bryan Smith.

Holmes trailed, 1-0, after being penalized for slamming his opponent to the mat when he took the lead on a takedown late in the first period.

The score remained 2-1 until late in the final period, when Smith made what seemed to be the winning move -- a reversal to give him a 3-2 lead with 31 seconds left. But Holmes' reversal with seven seconds left gave him a 4-3 win.

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