Gaels miss a few beats, but still fend off Loyola, 38-20

January 14, 1998|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

First-year coach Brian Murphy of No. 5-ranked Mount St. Joseph didn't have a full arsenal for his team's match at No. 11 Loyola yesterday, but he had enough to shoot down the Dons, 38-20.

Pinning for the Gaels (9-0) were Kyle Chiaverini (140) and Ron Cooper (160) -- each of whom is ranked No. 3 in the state -- along with Steve Lanciotti (112). Marc Fecteau (119) scored a 19-4 technical fall, teammate Nick Salmon (130) beat Chris Ackerman, 6-3 and Mike McKinney (189), decisioned Rob Collins, 9-2.

Top-ranked Mike Schaal (171) improved to 15-2 (10 pins) after grinding out a difficult 8-3 decision over Loyola's Tony Delauney to put the match away mathematically (35-14) with two bouts left. Schaal's effort negated a first-period pin by Loyola's C.J. Waldron.

But after having watched improved programs at No. 1 Curley, No. 2 Calvert Hall and No. 7 Gilman grab the recent headlines, Schaal, who is being considered for the U.S. Naval Academy, said, "We didn't make the impression we wanted to make."

"I was impressed with how Loyola came at us, up and down the line," said Murphy, 25, a former Pennsylvania state champ. "This was kind of a checkpoint for us, and I hope the kids realize how badly everyone wants a piece of us."

Mount St. Joseph, the defending Maryland Interscholastic Association A Conference champion, has been beaten twice by No. 2 Calvert Hall and once by No. 1 Curley. Both programs defeated the Gaels for the first time in their programs' history.

"They came at us, really tried to beat us, and we didn't have our regular lineup," said Murphy, who had one wrestler miss weight and another out for disciplinary reasons. "We bumped up Nick Salmon, put Cooper up at 160 and Mike Schaal at 171. We put a new guy, Mike Moore, in at 152."

The Dons (4-2) got off to a quick start as Danny Natterman (103) routed his opponent, 16-0, but a few of Loyola's top wrestlers struggled in bouts where the Dons needed wider margins of victory.

Loyola's Mike Waldron (125) literally hung on to beat Alex Kocay, 8-7, as did Dons senior Greg Miller (145), who got all he could handle from sophomore Jake Keyes in his 8-6 victory. Loyola's Nick Barrett (152) also had a tough time icing Moore, 8-4.

"We could have wrestled better in some spots, I guess," said Miller. "We could have used a couple of breaks in some places. We could have made it a lot closer. Overall, though, I think we showed that we can hang in there with the better teams."

The Dons have beaten league rivals No. 12 McDonogh and unranked Boys' Latin, but still must face No. 1 Curley, No. 2 Calvert Hall and No. 7 Gilman, ranked Nos. 1, 2 and 9 in the state, respectively.

Pub Date: 1/14/98

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