Curley back on track with rout of Boys' Latin Friars rebound from loss to MIAA winner St. Joe

February 08, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Coming off Tuesday's two-point loss to No. 1 Mount St. Joseph in which it had a 7-6 edge in bouts won, No. 5 Archbishop Curley was a little ticked off as a team.

The Friars (9-1 league) took out their frustrations yesterday at No. 10 Boys' Latin (7-3), getting pins from Mike Frey (112), No. 4 Paul Boettcher (135), and a major decision from Greg Dennis (145) to win an interdivisional Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association match, 31-22.

However, Mount St. Joseph (13-0, 10-0) clinched the league title with its 48-13 win over Gilman last night.

The Lakers (7-3) won just five bouts, with pins by No. 6 Rob Arnold (125), Brandon Carver (heavyweight), an 18-4 win by Noel Spector (171), and decisions from Dan Berger (119) and Gary Colbert (152).

A rematch of last weekend's state title bout -- won by Curley's No. 2-ranked Sal Aquia (160) by 15-4 over No. 4 Jason Leneau (22-3) -- had Aquia winning again, 4-3, after countering a Leneau takedown for one of his own with three seconds left. Leneau, who pinned Aquia during last year's state championship season, led 3-1 on a takedown with 1: 14 left and 3-2 after Aquia escaped with 1: 02 remaining.

"I knew he'd come out strong and fired up after states and not roll over," said Aquia (30-1), who watched the referee reward, then disallow, his first-period takedown, keeping the bout scoreless entering the second period.

"After he took me down, I was a little worried," said Aquia, "because with his defense, I wasn't getting off many clean shots."

Another excellent bout featured Curley's fourth-ranked, two-time state champ Mike Boettcher (140, 29-5) scoring a takedown with minute left to secure a 4-2 decision over Brian Berger, who led 1-0 after two periods.

"I wasn't finishing anything in the middle of the mat. Everything was on the edge," said Boettcher. "I'd never wrestled him before, but I knew he was tough."

Boettcher gave Curley a 21-9 lead. But it was 25-12 after state runner-up Gary Colbert (152), up two weight classes, withstood Curley's tough Pat Curran, 7-3.

The match was tied at 9 after four bouts, but Curley won four straight to go up, 25-9.

Pub Date: 2/08/97

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