Gilman holds half-point lead over St. Joe

February 18, 1996|By Jeff Seidel

Trying to break top-ranked Mount St. Joseph's 20-year hold on the title, No. 5 Gilman holds a half-point lead over the host Gaels heading into the final day of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament.

Gilman, which put seven wrestlers in the semifinals plus five in the consolations yesterday, leads with 72 points. Mount St. Joe (71.5), shooting for its 21st straight MIAA or Maryland Scholastic Association title, has nine in the semifinals plus three more in the consolations.

No. 6 Archbishop Curley lurked just behind, in third place with 65 points. The Friars have eight left in the semifinal round with four in the consolations.

Maakan Taghizadeh (119 pounds), Tommy Knowles (140), John Holliday (152), Damien Davis (160), Kirk Caldroney (171), Greg Plitt (189) and heavyweight Tony Barco will go for individual titles for Gilman today.

For Mount St. Joe, defending champions Jon Pitonzo (112), Jake Lissau (135) and Tyran Dungee (160) lead the way, followed by Brett Gendron (103), Kyle Chiaverini (119), Erik Schafer (130), Dan Mattson (140), Ron Cooper (145) and heavyweight Ben Dyer.

"We're just going to have to have the best tournament of our lives," said Gilman coach Mark Harbold. "But we can do it."

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