Curley leaves no doubt, handles Arundel 5 champs help No. 1 Friars dethrone host Wildcats


December 30, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Calling it "a proving ground" for his team, Curley coach Alan Gebhart was concerned entering yesterday's Arundel Invitational. A year ago, his Friars were runners-up to the host Wildcats despite crowning six champions.

But this year's top-ranked Friars overcame two losses via disqualification by placing nine wrestlers in the top four of their weight classes, including five champions, to dethrone fourth-ranked Arundel, 214.5-to-186.5. Tenth-ranked Loyola was third with 162 points, followed by Meade (154) and No. 15 North Carroll (152).

Curley's champs were the Boettcher brothers, top-ranked Mike (140, a 17-0 record) and second-ranked Paul (145, 8-1), along with Mike Frey (125, 15-2), P.J. Kirhagis (130, 15-4) and Shawn Calhoun (135, 15-5). Runners-up were Brian Bricker (112) and Antoine Lide (119), with Matt Charvat (152) taking a third.

"Arundel's a great program," said Gebhart. "For us to come here and win was very important for the season we want to have."

Mike Boettcher, a senior two-time state champ with 14 pins, improved his school-record career victory total to 111 with a 13-6 title-bout win over Arundel's Steve Banvard (8-2). Paul, a junior, moved up from 135 pounds for a 5-0 shutout of Arundel's county and region champ Graham Harris (9-1), who is ranked sixth in the state. The brothers each won the event for the third straight time.

"There was no pressure for Paul or me because the tournament was already decided [by Frey's win]," said Mike Boettcher, a B student with a 1,330 SAT score who could attend West Point next fall. "We showed more depth than we thought we had."

Frey, ranked No. 5 in the state, got his 10th pin of the year in 3: 40 over Howard's Matt Mongello (11-4) to win the tournament for the second straight year, and Calhoun pinned Meade's Chris Whipple to win his second straight crown. Kirhagis downed Howard's Brian Frank (11-3) by 9-2 to win his first.

Champs for Arundel, last year's 3A-4A dual meet state champion, were Rob Connolly (160), ranked No. 2 in the state, and Pat Ortman (119), who ran their records to 10-0. Connolly pinned his semifinal opponent in 13 seconds, and his title-bout foe, North Carroll's Alan Hughes, in 1: 39. Ortman's 3-0 title-bout win came over Curley sophomore Antoine Lide (16-3), a junior-league state champ last year.

Bricker (13-1), ranked No. 3 in the state, was dethroned 2-1, by Meade's fourth-ranked Matt Pandullo (10-1). Older brother Joey Pandullo (152) overcame Loyola's Nick Barrett, 8-2, to improve to 10-1, and teammate Godrey Garrett (Hwt.) improved to 6-0 by upsetting North Carroll's Carroll County champ Ben Fleming, 12-6, in the semifinal, and pinning Loyola's C.J. Waldron for the title.

North Carroll freshman Franny Jackson (103) ran his record to 12-0 with a 16-11 decision over Arundel's Shannon Webber (10-2). Jackson has eight pins and a technical fall this year. Teammate Adam Boog (171, 11-1) scored his seventh pin of the year to end a five-bout winning streak by Loyola's Tony DeLauney. An overtime 3-2 loss to DeMatha's second-ranked, two-time state champ Wes Cummings remains Boog's only blemish.

North County's Michawn Yuvienco (189, 13-1) edged Arundel's Trevor Baumgardner, 4-2. Yuvienco's only loss of the year was by 3-2 to Kenwood's fourth-ranked Bryant Mallory.

Pub Date: 12/30/97

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