Mount St. Joe surrenders state crown to DeMatha Eight from area win private school titles

February 05, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Though Mount St. Joseph failed to defend its private schools state crown Saturday, being dethroned, 229.5-225, by DeMatha of Prince George's County, eight area wrestlers won their title bouts in the second annual championship at Bullis Prep in Montgomery County.

Mount St. Joseph's No. 1 Tyran Dungee (160 pounds, 28-2) repeated as champ, nailing his 18th fall in just 40 seconds against St. Paul's Mike Kernan. But Dungee was the No. 2 Gaels' lone winner among five finalists.

Other local champs were Boys' Latin's Jason Leneau (152, 14-0) and Erik Fitez (171, 17-2), McDonogh's Will Filbert (103, 19-3) and J. R. Plienis (Hwt., 19-0), Gilman's Greg Plitt (189, 24-0), Archbishop Curley's Mike Boettcher (130, 24-4) and Crofton resident Todd Beckerman (125, 37-0) of DeMatha.

Three of Dungee's teammates, No. 3 Jake Lissau (135, 27-3), No. 4 Dan Mattson (140, 27-6), and two-time runner-up Erik Shafer (130) lost their bids by a combined five points, and another, Ben Dyer, by injury default. Dyer (shoulder damage) would have faced No. 1 Plienis (14 first-period pins). Ranked No. 2 nationally, Plienis is a two-time state champ and had earlier beaten Dyer, 11-4.

"I was disappointed we let DeMatha beat us," said Dungee. "But it was a team effort, and really no one's fault."

Bowling Brook (67.5) of Keymar in Carroll County defended its B title, with its highest-place winner being Sir Valter Johnson (125, 22-3, third). And B title runner-up Jimmy Foster (119, 29-3, second) from Spalding continued his progress as the most successful wrestler in that school's history.

Beckerman, headed for No. 2 Nebraska, raised his school-record mark to 189-1, with 111 career pins and 34 technical falls. He has a 171-bout winning streak that is six shy of the national record, established by Indiana's Lance Ellis.

The nation's top-ranked 125-pounder, Beckerman has won all 40 tournaments he has entered -- a national record -- and can become America's first four-time National Prep champ.

Boettcher paced Curley (148, third), pinning once, then winning a 4-3 semifinal over No. 1 seed Bob Bunting (Bullis), and 6-4 in an overtime title bout against Shafer, who had a 4-3 semifinal upset of No. 6 Drew Robertson (DeMatha).

Curley coach Alan Gephart liked the Friars' team finish, which was 1.5 points ahead of No. 3 Gilman (146.5, fourth), and two spots higher than last year's showing. Other Curley placers were Sal Aquia (145, second), Billy Curran (135, third), Ben Verner (152, third), Tony Diem (112, fourth) and Ken Willson (125, fourth).

"It was great to beat Gilman, even by 1 1/2 points. We were on the wrong side of the score [33-31] in our dual meet with them," Gephart said.

Top-ranked Plitt won a battle of unbeatens, 7-1, over John Carroll's No. 4 Mike Babiak (19-1, 16 pins), increasing his series lead to 3-0 over Babiak. Plitt edged Babiak for third place last year.

In a battle of co-No. 2-ranked wrestlers, Filbert blanked Calvert Hall's Chris Hanlon (27-4) by 4-0 to pace McDonogh (127, sixth).

For Boys' Latin (121.5, seventh), Leneau, coming off a shoulder injury, held off a cradle over the last minute for a 4-2 victory over Landon's Doug Blank (13-2). Fitez avenged an earlier overtime loss, 7-4, over Gilman's Kirk Caldroney (17-3).

Team scores: 1. DeMatha 229.5, 2. Mount St. Joseph 225, 3. Curley 148, 4. Gilman 146.5, 5. Bullis 140.5, 6. McDonogh 127, 7. Boys Latin 121.5, 8. Bowling Brook 78.5, 9. Calvert Hall 72, 10. Spalding 65.5, 11. Annapolis AC 63.5, 12. St. Paul's 59, 13. Landon 56.5, 14. Loyola 56, 15. John Carroll 49.5, 16. St. Mary's Ryken 39.5, 17. Good Counsel 38, 18. McNamara 26.5, 19. Georgetown Prep 19, 20. St. Andrews 12, 21. Riverdale Baptist 9, 22. West Nottingham -2.

Championship finals: 103 -- Filbert (MCD) d. Hanlon (CAL), 4-0; 112 -- Harris (D) d. Gunther (LAN), 14-7; 119 -- Cummings (D) p. Foster (SPAL), 5:59; 125 -- Beckerman (D) tf. Smith (MCD), 15-0; 130 -- Boettcher (CUR) d. Shafer (MSJ), 6-4, OT; 135 -- Paoletti (BUL) d. Lissau (MSJ), 6-4; 140 -- Phillips (D) d. Mattson (MSJ), 3-2; 145 -- Alexander (D) d. Aquia (CUR), 13-6; 152 -- Leneau (BL) d. Blank (LAN), 4-2; 160 -- Dungee (MSJ) p. Kernan (STP), 0:40; 171 -- Fitez (BOY) d. Caldroney (GIL), 7-4; 189 -- Plitt (GIL) d. Babiak (JC), 7-1; Hwt -- Plienis (MCD) by df. over Dyer (MSJ).

Consolation finals:

103 -- Arnold (BOY) d. Gendron (MSJ), 13-7; 112 -- Pitonzo (MSJ) d. Diem (CUR), 3-1; 119 -- Johns (CAL) d. Chiaverini (MSJ), 9-2; 125 -- Johnson (BB) d. Willson (CUR), 9-7 OT; 130 -- Robertson (D) d. Bunting (BUL), 8-1; 135 -- Curran (AC) d. Lilly (LOY), 7-6; 140 -- Knowles (GIL) by f; 145 -- Cooper (MSJ) d. Smith (LOY), 2-1; 152 -- Verner (CUR) d. Holliday (GIL), 6-1; 160 -- Davis (GIL) d. Paoletti, 5-4; 171 -- Edwards (D) d. Rosenbaum (MCD), 6-3; 189 -- Marfani (SPAL) d. Cox (BOY), 9-3; Hwt -- Licorish (BUL) d. Lewis (D), 4-3.

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