Archbishop Curley convincingly won the third Golden Bear Invitational at Hammond last night, 216-167.
Heading into the finals the No. 1-ranked Friars held a 37-point lead over runner-up Hammond, and the only team battle left was for second place. The host No. 3-ranked Golden Bears hung on to nip third-place South Carroll by four points.
It was Curley's fourth straight tournament victory in this season of historic firsts for the Friars.
"We've never wrestled at this level before," said Curley coach Alan Gebhart. "At the Catholic tournament we beat Mount St. Joe for the first time. And this is the first time we've won this tournament. We were third last year."
Curley placed six wrestlers in the finals including Brian Bricker (112), Mike Frey (125), Mike Boettcher (140), Paul Boettcher (145), Pat Curran (160) and J. D. Mislak (189), but only the Boettcher brothers emerged as champions.
Bricker (20-2) lost a 2-0 decision to Matt Pandullo (15-1) of Meade who had also beaten him earlier this season, 2-1.
No. 15-ranked South Carroll placed four in the finals, including Dan Patterson (103), Bryan Hamper (119), Mike Muller (145) and Jason Hamper (160). They trailed Hammond, which had only one finalist, by 11 points heading into the finals.
Patterson, a freshman, easily won his match to advance his record to 16-2. And Jason Hamper won to push his record to 16-1.
Hamper dropped down a class to wrestle Curley's Pat Curran who had beaten him on a disqualification at this same tournament last year. Bryan Hamper (16-2), a freshman and Jason's younger brother, was pinned by Pat Howard of Lackey.
Hammond placed one wrestler in the finals, heavyweight Matt Nelson, who won a title with a 6-2 decision over Ben Brand of Rising Sun.
At 152 pounds, Jimmy O'Connor of Glenelg, a state champion who had won 46 straight matches, was upset by Roy Orr of Rising Sun in overtime, 7-5. O'Connor tied the match at 5-5 with 1: 02 left in the third period. But Orr scored a takedown in overtime.
Pub Date: 1/11/98