No. 1 Curley pins down South River title Friars place 10 in finals, capture six championships

January 18, 1998|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Top-ranked Curley put a school-record 10 wrestlers in the finals, getting individual titles from P.J. Kirhagis (130), Pat Curran (160), J.D. Mislak (189), Brad Charvat (heavyweight) and brothers Mike (140) and Paul Boettcher (145) to win the last night's Sonny Wells Seahawk Invitational at South River.

For Curley, runners-up were Brian Bricker (112), Antwaun Lide (119), Mike Frey (125) and Shawn Calhoun (135), in the 17-team event. Owings Mills (146) was second, defending 3A-4A state champ Sherwood third, defending 1A-2A state champ Lackey fourth, five-time Bay Conference champ Kent sixth.

Mike Boettcher (29-0), who has a school-record of 123 career wins and is ranked No. 1 in the state, required an overtime escape to edge Sherwood's Montgomery County champ Anthony Gigliotti, 4-3. Paul Boettcher (21-1) edged Lackey's Daunte Neal, 6-5, in his title bout.

Kirhagis (24-7) scored a takedown with eight seconds left for a 3-2 decision over Sherwood's Frank Edwards (17-2) to win his second title of the year.

Curran (29-7) pinned Southern's Chris Gross for his first tournament title of the year after being second, third twice and fourth in other tournaments. Mislak (24-5) pinned Calvert's Paul Sheran in 1: 59 and Charvat (23-7) won his second tournament of the year, 6-3, against Thomas Stone's Matt Smith (17-1).

"Everyone's looking for us to dominate the tournament. When we don't, you hear all the boos from the crowd," said Paul Boettcher, a junior. "I guess we relaxed a little too much, but we had a lot of tough matchups."

For runner-up Owings Mills, No. 4 Drew Bowers (135) improved to 14-0 with 11 pins, finishing all four opponents in the first period.

"We did a lot better even than last year, when we had more experience and were third," said Bowers, who was pinned by Thomas Stone's Casey Fitzpatrick -- a 9-4 semifinal loser to Calhoun -- in last year's final. "We had seven guys place on a young team, I'm sure Coach [Guy] Pritzker's proud of everyone."

For Southern (fifth), No. 2-ranked state champ Nick Alley (19-1) built a 5-0 lead on Bricker (23-3), who is ranked No. 6 in the state, and held him off to win, 5-3.

Northeast's Tom Cain (171) improved to 15-2 with his 13-0 rout of Owings Mills' Justin Rafael (13-2). Atholton's Wade Zancan (152) moved to 18-1 with his 10-3 hammering of Calvert's Scott McAdoo (18-3) and teammate Bryan Radik (103) dropped to 14-4 after losing a tight title bout, 4-2, to Kent's Donnie Yerkle (20-1).

Pub Date: 1/18/98

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