Calvert Hall proves point, beats St. Joe again Cardinals outpoint Gaels to take Annapolis tourney


December 07, 1997|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Calvert Hall finished ahead of Mount St. Joseph for the first time ever in a tournament last weekend at Archbishop Curley. Coach Henry Franklin said that success left his Cardinals with a simple goal at this weekend's Annapolis Tournament.

"They wanted to prove it wasn't a fluke," said Franklin.

Calvert Hall got its wish, but not without some worry. Chris Knox, Chris Hanlon, Tony Russo and Rob Johns won individual titles to help Calvert Hall edge Mount St. Joseph, 184.5-181, last night at Annapolis.

Calvert Hall sealed the victory with its strong final-round performance. Four of the six Cardinals wrestlers came away with individual titles, but they needed a little bit of help from Gilman's Mike Faust to clinch the championship.

Faust battled Mount St. Joe's Mike McKinney in the 189-pound zTC final. A McKinney victory would have given St. Joe the team title by one-half point, and he wrestled well but Faust's takedown with seven seconds left gave the Gilman wrestler a 3-1 victory.

"McKinney showed a lot of heart, giving up 15 pounds to Faust and taking it down to the wire," said Mount St. Joseph coach Brian Murphy. "He's only going to get better."

Franklin, a Gilman alumnus, admitted he was rooting for Faust but took pride in his team's performance regardless of what happened in that match.

"We had a great final round," said Franklin. "All of our guys stepped up big there. Doing it in back-to-back weeks and doing it in a tough tournament makes a statement."

The final round held a number of possibilities. Calvert Hall led with 166.5 points at the start, and Altoona (Pa.) was second at 165 with St. Joe (164) third. The Cardinals had six wrestlers in the finals, meeting four times with St. Joe -- who had seven -- while Altoona had only two.

Altoona wound up third with 171 points with DeMatha fourth at 157.5 and Westminster next (149).

St. Joe and Calvert Hall wound up splitting their four head-to-head matches. The first Calvert Hall-Mount St. Joe meeting was won by Knox (103). He controlled the match from start to finish and scored a 6-2 victory over Ryan Herwig.

Steve Lanciotti (112) of St. Joe then evened the score with a 12-4 victory over Calvert Hall's Kevin King. Johns (135) of Calvert Hall continued with the success he's had against Bryan McDermott, scoring a 7-3 decision over the St. Joe wrestler.

Mike Schaal (160) won the final match with Calvert Hall, topping Leonard Monfredo, 9-2. That was a pressure victory for Schaal as a loss would have clinched the title for the Cardinals.

Chris Hanlon (119) won Calvert Hall's most unique victory leading the entire match, he won by default over Old Mill's Chris Combs, last year's state champion at 103. Combs defaulted with just one second left in the match after reinjuring his shoulder.

That helped the Cardinals gain two extra points in the team standings as a Hanlon decision -- he was winning 7-2 at the time -- would have given the team four points. The default gave Calvert Hall six.

"Everyone stepped up in both tournaments," said Hanlon. "Everyone is doing their jobs."

Russo (130) was the other Calvert Hall winner to do his job well, topping Kyle Burger of Westminster, 5-2.

St. Joe wound up being pushed against the wall moments later after the Johns victory. The Gaels down by 15.5 points and needed victories from Kyle Chiaverini (140), Ron Cooper (152), Schaal and McKinney to pull out the title.

Chiaverini outfought defending state champion Dave Spicer of Westminster, 4-3, to keep the St. Joe hopes alive. Cooper then scored a wild 14-11 victory over Gilman's Brian Lewis to pull the Gaels closer before Schaal sliced the margin to three points.

DeMatha's Willie Harris (125) won another close title match, scoring a takedown with five seconds left to defeat George Moyer of Altoona, 3-1.

Rob Hoffman was the only St. Mary's wrestler in the final, but the heavyweight ran up against Brandon Nicodemus from Altoona. Nicodemus had pinned his first three opponents in 19, 14 and 94 seconds. He had more trouble with Hoffman, however, and needed 3: 55 to pin him.

Pub Date: 12/07/97

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