DeMatha lives up to No. 1 ranking Stags dominate in MIS Championships

Mt. St. Joe takes second

February 02, 1997|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

POTOMAC -- DeMatha used the third Annual Maryland Independent Schools Championships to show why it's the state's top-ranked team.

The Stags shredded a strong field -- that included Mount St. Joseph, Calvert Hall and Archbishop Curley -- to claim the title for a second consecutive year last night at The Bullis School.

DeMatha, ranked No. 1 in the Maryland State Wrestling Association's latest poll, dominated the tournament. The Stags held a 63-point lead and had mathematically eliminated everyone even before the fifth-place bouts began.

The Stags finished with 259.5 points, easily outdistancing Mount St. Joe (198) and Archbishop Curley (164). Host Bullis (157) made a late run to overtake Calvert Hall (147.5) for fourth place.

"I'm pleased with the way the boys wrestled," said DeMatha coach Dick Messier. "We had a hard week of practice, and the kids really responded well."

Messier said this tournament was the first one that the Stags competed in with a complete starting lineup -- and the right wrestlers at the right weights.

"We just wanted to show we were the best in the state," said DeMatha 112- pounder Kyle Beckerman, now 33-1. "We knew that if we wrestled really well that this is how good we could be."

The Stags came away with titles from Beckerman, Willie Harris (119, 2nd straight), Tony Rodrigues (125), Drew Robertson (130), Wes Cummings (140, top-ranked and repeat champion) and Kris Edwards (189).

St. Joe put Kyle Chiaverini (125), Dan Mattson (145) and heavyweight Ben Dyer in the final round and came away with two championships.

Mattson claimed his title by pinning Calvert Hall's Mike Light at 5: 16. Dyer won in the late evening's final bout, defeating DeMatha's William Lewis by criteria in overtime.

Chiaverini did not have as much success. He split two matches with Rodrigues this season, but the DeMatha wrestler scored a 4-3 decision here.

Calvert Hall (No. 8 in metro area) outdid the Gaels, placing four wrestlers in the championship round. Chris Hanlon (112), Tony Russo (119), Rob Johns (130) and Light all got into the finals, but each finished second.

Archbishop Curley (No. 5 in metro; co-No. 10 in state) had Mike Boettcher (135) and Sal Aquia (160) make the championship round. Boettcher defended his title with a 12-7 overtime victory against Joe Smith of McDonogh.

Aquia also turned in a strong performance, topping Jason Leneau of Boys' Latin, 15-4, to claim the crown. In addition to Leneau, Gary Colbert (140) made the finals for Boys' Latin but lost to Cummings (1-0).

Will Filbert, ranked number one in the state at 103, increased his record to 26-0 with his second straight championship.

Josh White of St. Mary's defeated Damien Davis of Gilman, 10-5, in the 171-pound final.

Mike Kernan (152) wrestled well for St. Paul's in the finals, but lost Bullis' John Paoletti by a 5-3 count.

Pub Date: 2/02/97

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