A first-period pin by Severna Park's Dan Seger at 171 pounds put the match away mathematically, and a 38-second fall by John Sergeant (189) added the exclamation point to a 40-17 rout of visiting 15th-ranked Anne Arundel County league rival Meade.
The Falcons (6-2 overall, 5-2 league), losers of only four bouts, kept alive their hopes of winning one of the last two seeds in the upcoming four-team Class 3A-4A regional duals tournament. With No. 4 Arundel and No. 10 Old Mill likely to take the top two seeds, the Falcons, Northeast and Baltimore's Patterson are on the bubble.
Severna Park took six of the first eight bouts for a 25-7 lead, including four straight up to 145, where Ryan Scott scored a second-period pin. It was 28-13 after Brian Bacon (160) took a pivotal 6-1 decision from Meade's Mike Hodge, and an insurmountable 34-13 after Seger's bout with Randy Barron.
"I just went out and went after him and pinned him," Seger said. "It feels great."
Winners for Meade (7-2, 6-2) were No. 2-ranked Matt Pandullo (112), who blanked Steve McManamay, 10-0, to improve to 18-1; Rene Rangal (125), who is 16-4 after his 4-2 decision over Dan Fitzgerald; a second-period fall by Joey Pandullo (152, 18-2), and a major decision from heavyweight Godfrey Garrett (13-2).
"I don't know what went wrong, except people weren't into it mentally," said Joey Pandullo, a senior. "There were some matches we definitely should have won, but we just didn't. Being ranked, we were the team to beat, and it seemed like they were head-hunting tonight."
Severna Park's sweep included sixth-ranked Josh Grady (130) improving to 15-3 with a major decision; Matt Negrete (135) boosting his record to 12-4 with a 4-2 decision over Meade's Mark Whipple; and John Love (140) overcoming a 5-2 deficit for a 13-8 decision over Chris Whipple. Love scored nine points in the second period.
Early on, Socrates Mamalis (103) sparked the Falcons with a second-period fall, and later, teammate Dan Horne (119) rallied from a 3-0 first-period deficit to beat Mike Esparza, 8-4.
"Our first couple of guys won impressively, and that just got the ball rolling," Seger said. "Everyone after that was just fired up to win."
Pub Date: 1/23/98