Mount St. Joe takes care of Gilman, 42-21

February 07, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Asked earlier in the season if he liked the perceived stiffer competition to be offered by Curley and Gilman, Mount St. Joseph coach Paul Triplett said, "I'd just as soon win by 40 or 50 points a match."

Yesterday's 42-21 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association blowout of No. 3 Gilman (9-3) was just the way Triplett likes them, especially in the wake of being dethroned as private schools state champs last weekend by DeMatha.

Visiting Gilman, the last Maryland team to win a dual meet over the Gaels, 29-28, in 1989, was shut out over the first eight bouts to trail by 37-0, including forfeits to No. 3 state runner-up Jake Lissau (135, 28-3), and Ron Cooper (145).

Had Gilman pinned in the five remaining bouts, it still would have lost, 37-30, but the Gaels (10-0) were in a stingy mood.

No. 1 Tyran Dungee (160, 29-2), a two-time state champ, scored a technical fall over Damian Davis.

John Holiday (152), needed a penalty point with 27 seconds left to overcome a 4-2 lead against Mike Schaal (152).

His team no longer in contention, Gilman coach Mark Harbold chose to wrestle reserves Mike Faust (171) and Vince Tuohey (189) instead of No. 6 Kirk Caldroney (17-3) and No. 1 Greg Plitt (24-0). Faust pinned in 5:47, and Tuohey in 2:14.

The score might have been worse had starter Ben Dyer (Hwt.) wrestled. He pinned Gilman's Tony Barco in 2:45 last weekend, but Triplett wrestled a reserve, whom Barco pinned in 25 seconds.

Dan Mattson (140, 27-6) won the night's marquee bout, 9-1, over Gilman's Tommy Knowles. Mattson set the tone with a takedown with 34 seconds left in the first session, and closed a high-amplitude five-point throw that had Knowles fighting off of his back as time elapsed.

"Gilman's coach said in an article that he thought they could beat us. We blew it up, put it around the room all season, then ripped it down right before the match," said Mattson, a two-time state runner-up. "I was so fired up tonight. Everyone was."

The Gaels' early onslaught included Brett Gendron (103) blanking Thomas Yoon, 8-0, Jon Pitonzo (112) hammering Tim Webb, 16-0, and Kyle Chiaverini (119) overcoming a 2-0 deficit to plant Terence Yoon in 1:40. Yoon was subbing for injured starter Maakan Taghizadeh, ranked No. 6 in Maryland.

Mark Hoffman (125) scored an 8-2 decision over Ryan Humphrey, who last weekend wrestled at 130, and Erik Shafer (130) ground out a 7-0 decision over Will Ashford.

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