Calvert Hall takes Damascus to mat, comes up a winner Coach's lineup shuffling pays off for Cardinals

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

Top-ranked Rob Johns (135) won the best match of the night, 3-0, over No. 5 Joey Garvin in No. 2-ranked Calvert Hall's 37-22 victory at Damascus, ranked No. 10 in the state, yesterday. The Cardinals' Sean Ireland (145) and Mike Spero (189) recorded pins and Leonard Monfredo (160) added a technical fall,

The Cardinals (7-0), rated No. 4 in the state, also got major decisions from No. 2 Greg Knox (103) and No. 5 Tony Russo (140), along with decisions by Kevin King (112), No. 1 Chris Hanlon (119) and Sean Kelly (171).

Garvin, coming off a win over No. 3 Christian Davis of Frederick, avoided last year's fate when Johns pinned him.

King won, 3-2, over Ryan York, who dropped from 125, where his only previous loss was to Quince Orchard's No. 4 Aron Dorsey. Hanlon nipped tough Nick O'Gwynn, who entered at 5-0. Russo, up from 130, beat Joe Cotton, who was previously 4-1, and Ireland pinned unbeaten Steve Shuhaka (5-0). Brent Swope, pinned by Monfredo, entered at 4-1, as did Mike Gvozdich, a loser to Kelly.

Damascus, under coach Dave Hopkins (113-40 over 13 seasons), got a pin from Richard Potcner (152, 5-1) who won after trailing state runner-up Mike Light, 5-0. T.J. Salb (130, 5-1) and heavyweight Joe Eaders also had pins and Darrell Groves (125) won a decision for the Hornets, four-time Montgomery County champs.

Damascus is 2-1 versus Calvert Hall, including last year's 36-28 decision when it required pins in the last two bouts.

Damascus (5-1) has won three state titles over the past four seasons, including two tournament titles and one dual meet crown.

Damascus lost seven starters to graduation, and has only three seniors in its lineup.

"This was a tough one, one that we needed," said Johns, whose Cardinals team was second to No. 1 Curley at the season-opening Maryland Catholic Invitational Tournament.

The Cardinals finished ahead of No. 5 Mount St. Joseph in winning the Annapolis Tournament.

"We were pumped up tonight," said Russo, who is 16-2.

Calvert Hall coach Henry Franklin capitalized on some nifty changes in his lineup, which drew praise from his counterpart.

"I think that was a great move on their part, moving Russo up," said Hopkins, a former state champ at Richard Montgomery in the early 1970s. "He was trying to match up the kids with Joey and Joe Cotton to get enough of a lead to hang in there and take it. I would have done the same thing."

Hopkins also didn't bank on King's takedown with 26 seconds left, securing a victory where he expected a win for his side.

"I thought Ryan would win, but he has been bringing his weight down real gradually, and today was his first time he was tested at 112," Hopkins said. "But what a tough little competitor that King kid was. Henry's got a great group of kids, and you can tell they work hard."

Pub Date: 12/24/97

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