Mount St. Joe's takes MIAA wrestling title Three repeat champs help Gaels turn back Gilman

February 19, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

There was talk early on that Mount St. Joseph's dynasty might be nearing its end.

But if the No. 1 Gaels' dominance in yesterday's second annual Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association Tournament is any indication, then, as Gilman wrestler Tommy Knowles said: "They're like the energizer bunny; they just keep coming."

Repeat champs were Jon Pitonzo (112, 25-4), No. 6 Jake Lissau (135, 29-1) and No. 1 Tyran Dungee (160, 33-2). No. 4 Dan Mattson (140, 30-3) improved on last year's runner-up finish with a 5-1 decision of Knowles as the Gaels turned back runner-up and No. 5 Gilman, 208-164.

Pitonzo had two first-period pins, then coasted to a 9-2 victory over Boys Latin's Robert Arnold (22-4). Lissau's title came by 3-0 over Boys Latin's Gary Colbert (22-5) and Dungee's over Gilman's Damien Davis for the third time -- the second by technical fall -- earning him the Outstanding Wrestler award.

Curley's No. 6 Sal Aquia (145, 30-3) decked the Gaels' Ron Cooper (20-3) with a split cradle in 1:08. Aquia's four first-period pins raised his season total to 20, and earned the award for the Most Falls in the Shortest Time. McDonogh's J.R. Plienis (Hwt., 25-0) headlocked the Gaels' Ben Dyer for his third first-period pin of the day, his 20th of the season.

Gilman's No. 1 Greg Plitt (189, 28-0) again took the rematch of an earlier state title bout, 7-5, over John Carroll's No. 3 Mike Babiak (26-2, 23 pins), surviving twice nearly being put on his back. Another rematch yielded the same result for Curley's Mike Boettcher (130, 28-6), who countered an overtime takedown to beat the Gaels' Erik Shafer, 6-4.

Co-No. 2-ranked 103-pounders Will Filbert (26-3) of McDonogh and Chris Hanlon (36-5) of Calvert Hall met for the third time, with Filbert winning 6-0.

Gilman's Kirk Caldroney (171) avenged an earlier loss, 9-6, over Boys' Latin's Erik Fitez, then edged St. Mary's Josh White (26-4) by 6-4 on a late takedown for the crown.

St. Mary's John Horrigan (125, 23-5) scored two first-period pins, a technical fall and a 7-4 decision over McDonogh's Joe Smith, and Boys Latin's No. 6 Jason Leneau (152, 22-0) decked Curley's Ben Verner (27-7) with 36 seconds left.

Calvert Hall's Rob Johns (119, 24-4) won a semifinal rematch of last year's title bout loss, 15-6, over Gilman's Maakan Taghizadeh, then won, 7-1, over the Gaels' Kyle Chiaverini, who had upset No. 4 state runner-up Jimmy Foster, 6-4.

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