Davis, Faust give Gilman happy ending Top weights' wins finish rally vs. McDonogh, 34-29

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

Last night's McDonogh at Gilman pre-match ceremony included a psychedelic light show, screaming fans and the Greyhounds' wrestlers running into the gymnasium through machine-generated fog.

When the smoke cleared, No. 7 Gilman (16-0) had survived a scare from No. 12 McDonogh (8-2) -- which led by as much as 25-6 -- for its 12th consecutive dual-meet victory over the Eagles, 34-29. The programs wrestled for the Worthington Cup for the 12th successive season. McDonogh lost, 30-28, two years ago, and 28-26, last year.

"I'm pleased that our kids stepped it up," said fourth-year McDonogh coach Pete Welch. "Our kids are only going to get better."

For Gilman, ranked No. 9 in the state, wrestlers Damian Davis (189 pounds) and Mike Faust (heavyweight) closed the show. Davis, a junior, improved to 17-0 with an 8-0 shutout of Jameel Day, and Faust, a sophomore, is 24-0 after pinning his 14th opponent in 1: 02. Each is ranked No. 2 in the state, and Davis, a two-time state private schools runner-up, has eight pins. He has out-scored five opponents by a combined 58-0, and has four forfeit victories.

Gilman cut the advantage to 25-24 after a wild, 19-10, decision by Franco Gould (140) over Kevin Sanders, a 15-0 technical fall by Tim Webb (145) and a fall in 3: 20 by Mike Swann (152). McDonogh hoped to be up by more than 12 entering the last two bouts, which meant at least a pin and a technical fall at 160 and 171.

But Gilman's Brian Lewis edged fourth-ranked Andy Seal, 6-3, rendering moot a major decision by Joe Rosenbaum (171).

"I finally wrestled well, didn't go out flopping around," said Lewis. "It was nice to being in position to prove myself."

Gilman's Thomas Yoon (103) started things with a 44-second pin, but McDonogh swept the next five bouts for a 25-6 lead on a decision by top-ranked, two-time state champion Will Filbert (112), stunning pins by freshman Steve Chester (119), Matt Burns (130) and Mike Hollman (135), and an 11-1 decision by Pat Jacobs (125).

Filbert, last year's National Prep champ, was dominant in a 4-1 decision over Tyrone Bowie, whose lone point came on a buzzer-beating escape to end the first period. Chester overcame deficits of 3-2 and 4-3 with a second-period pin of senior Terrence Yoon, who had pinned him earlier and was previously unbeaten at 119. Burns stuck Mike Machin with a headlock in 1: 32, and Hollman decked Charlie Stockman with 12 seconds left.

"We came out, wrestled well, gave it our all," said Rosenbaum. "But are we happy with the loss? No sir."

Pub Date: 1/14/98

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