Filbert, Aquia stand out in national wrestling event Mount St. Joseph second in tournament at Lehigh

February 24, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

McDonogh's Will Filbert and Curley's Sal Aquia finished first in their weight classes and Mount St. Joseph's Dan Mattson third among local private school wrestlers who competed in Saturday's National Preps Tournament at Lehigh University.

Filbert (103 pounds), Aquia (160) and Mattson (145) are all state private schools state champions. Filbert and Aquia are ranked No. 1 in the state by the Maryland State Wrestling Association, and Mattson No. 2.

Also finishing third were Calvert Hall's Chris Hanlon (103) and Rob Johns (125), Mount St. Joseph's Erik Schafer (140) and Gilman's Vince Tuohey (215). St. Mary's Josh White (171) finished fourth.

Local fifth-place finishers were Curley's two-time state champion, Mike Boettcher (135); Calvert Hall's state runner-up, Tony Russo (119), and Boys' Latin's state runner-up, Jason Leneau (160), in a tournament that featured 100 teams from more than 20 states.

Leneau had been a runner-up during the previous year at 152 pounds.

DeMatha, coached by Columbia resident Dick Messier, won its fourth straight team crown. Mount St. Joseph was second, followed by Curley (sixth), Calvert Hall (eighth) and McDonogh (ninth). DeMatha's lone champion was Billy Phillips (152).

Filbert, an All-Metro junior who has won two private school and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association titles apiece, improved to 38-0 with five tournament victories. His pin in the title bout was his second of the day, and his 17th of the season.

Aquia, a two-time MIAA champion, improved to 38-2, avenging an earlier loss by beating Randy Holmes of Blue Ridge, Va., in the semifinals.

Mattson and Tuohey each beat Maryland private schools state champions during the march toward placements.

Mattson, a two-time MIAA champion, reached the finals after edging Bullis state champion John Paoletti, 6-4. Paoletti had dropped from 152, where he is ranked No. 3 and has a victory over DeMatha's Phillips.

Tuohey, who has wrestled at 275 all season, benefited from the additional weight class (215) that was allowed for the tournament. The senior ground out a 3-2 overtime decision over DeMatha's state champion, Chris Edwards, for third place.

Pub Date: 2/24/97

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