No. 1 Curley scores easy takedown on Gilman Friars pile up points early in convincing 38-19 win

January 25, 1998|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Curley's Paul Boettcher gave the No. 1 Friars an insurmountable lead, winning his 152-pound bout, 10-4 over Mike Swann, in a 38-19 victory over visiting sixth-ranked Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association rival Gilman yesterday.

The win by Boettcher, who is ranked No. 2 in the state with a 22-1 record, put the Friars (9-0, 5-0) ahead, 35-7, with four bouts left, rendering moot victories by Gilman's No. 2-ranked superstars, Damian Davis (189) and Mike Faust (heavyweight). Davis improved to 24-0 with a 5-4 decision over J.D. Mislak, and Faust, to 31-0 with a 3-1 overtime decision over Brad Charvat.

"You could just look at him and see his arms were two times the size of mine. He was very strong," said Boettcher of Swann, who has seen action at 160 pounds while Boettcher began the year at 135. "I'm more comfortable at 145 pounds, but today, I jumped up to 152 because I knew the team needed me to."

Curley's Pat Curran (171), a regular at 160, overcame a 5-1 deficit to beat Pat Boyle, 6-5, as Gilman (18-2, 3-1) won only two of the first nine bouts and five overall including a forfeit to Brian Lewis (160).

Curley, ranked No. 1 in the state, overcame the absence of starter Shawn Gresdo (103), who is out for at least a week with torn knee ligaments in his left foot. But Gresdo's substitute, Brian Kirhagis, set the tone with a valiant battle in a 15-4 loss to Thomas Yoon.

Then Curley reeled off five straight victories for a 29-4 lead, including a forfeit to No. 6 Brian Bricker (112, a 23-3 record) as his opponent missed weight.

Gilman was down, 29-7, and hoped to ride some momentum after Franco Gould (140) scored a buzzer-beating takedown in a 6-4 decision over 152-pound regular Matt Charvat. But the Boettcher brothers, Mike (145) and Paul (152), each bumped up a class to earn decisions. Mike, a two-time state champ, blanked Tim Webb, 4-0, to improve his school-record victory total to 124.

"We got more out of some people than we expected, like little [Brian] Kirhagis," said Mike Boettcher, a No. 1-ranked senior who is 30-0 on the year. "We were pleased with all the matches. Everyone did their job."

Curley's sweep began with consecutive falls by sophomore Antwaun Lide (119, 26-7) and fourth-ranked Mike Frey (125, 26-4), followed by a technical fall by P.J. Kirhagis (130, 26-7) and a 41-second pin by Shawn Calhoun (135, 28-7). Lide stacked up senior Terrence Yoon for his 14th pin in 2: 48, Frey flattened Mike Machin for his 15th in 3: 42, and Kirhagis scored 13 near-fall points in a 17-0 technical fall.

"I yanked at his [Yoon's] head, and he didn't respond like he did in the first period. I knew he was wearing down and I could pin him," Lide said. Kirhagis, also a sophomore, said: "I fed off of Antwaun. When he pinned his guy, that pumped me up."

Gilman was coming off a non-league victory over MIAA-rival Mount St. Joseph.

"We knew we were the underdogs, and we had to wrestle our best to stay in it," Faust said. "But it was one of those matches where every point counted. Sometimes we needed to give up three and gave up six, others, we needed three, we gave up three."

Owings Mills 33, Loyola 31: The Eagles (14-0) got pins from Harris Kaplan (112), Mike Schlein (119), Drew Bowers (135), Alex Gitomer (152) and Matt Summerlein (160), and a 2-0 upset victory by Jeremiah Calp (145) over Greg Miller to edge the No. 11 Dons for the tournament crown at Friends.

For Loyola (12-3), Danny Natterman (103) and brothers Mike (125) and C.J. Waldron (heavyweight) had pins. The Dons also got a major decision from Chris Ackerman (130), and decisions from Billy Rovito (140), Tony DeLauney (171) and Rob Collins (189).

Rovito won a controversial bout, 6-1 in overtime, over Justin Meyers. Dons' coach Dennis Frazier was incensed after the official stopped the bout with 57 seconds left in the two-minute overtime period, and Meyers on his back in a headlock by Rovito.

"I felt Billy would have pinned him. The referee cost us the match," said Frazier, adding that the referee explained he had lost track of time.

Owings Mills coach Guy Pritzker said: "If Rovito doesn't get called for stalling with eight seconds left in regulation, then he wins, 1-0, for a three-point decision and the score's the same."

Pub Date: 1/25/98

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