A 7-4 decision by Sean Kelly (189) over Mount St. Joseph's Ryan Edwards gave visiting Calvert Hall an insurmountable 10-point lead in an eventual 32-25 win that is believed to be the Cardinals' first-ever dual-meet victory over their MIAA rival.
The No. 2 Cardinals (13-0, 5-0), twice winners over the No. 5 Gaels (11-3, 5-1) in earlier tournaments, won five of the first six bouts and led 29-10, with pins coming from Kevin King (112), fourth-ranked Tony Russo (130) and Sean Ireland (145). King improved to 20-6, Russo to 26-2 and Ireland to 22-6.
Mount St. Joseph was within 29-22 after a forfeit to top-ranked Mike Schaal (160), and a 5-2 decision by Mike McKinney (171) over Leonard Monfredo. The Gaels' No. 3, Ron Cooper (152), began the three-bout sweep, scoring a reversal with 25 seconds left in a 5-4 decision over Mike Light that extended his perfect record to 22-0.
Then Kelly stepped up, rebuilding the lead back to 10.
"Everyone else did their job, and I knew it was my job to go out and just beat the kid," said Kelly, a senior who is 23-6. "I knew I could do it, and this feels awesome. It's the greatest feeling in the world."
"We thought we could win at 189, but their kid wrestled pretty tough," said Schaal, a senior and defending MIAA champ. "We shouldn't have given up some of the pins. They made some lineup changes that hurt us a little bit."
The Cardinals dictated the early action, including a fall in 1: 33 by Russo and a 9-2 decision by No. 1 Rob Johns (135) over the Gaels' fifth-ranked Brian McDermott. The win improved Johns to 25-3.
Mount St. Joe was within 23-10 after a 28-second pin from No. 3 Kyle Chiaverini (140), but it was 29-10 after Ireland stacked up Jake Keyes with 32 seconds left in the match.
"I was in complete control, so I figured, why not go for the pin," said Ireland, a junior who led 5-0 at the time of the fall. "It was risky to force it, but I felt comfortable and it worked out."
Early on, Calvert Hall's No. 3, Greg Knox (103), was the aggressor throughout, scoring four takedowns and later a reversal and two nearfall points in a 13-4 rout of Ryan Herwig, who is 0-3 in his career against Knox.
Cardinals coach Henry Franklin put JV regular Dave Sands against veteran Steve Lanciotti (112) -- moving 112-regular Kevin King up to face Marc Fecteau (119). Sands gave Lanciotti all he could handle, trailing only 2-0 after one period of an eventual 12-2 decision, and King pinned Fecteau in 3: 43 as the Cardinals led 10-4 after three bouts.
"I beat him [Fecteau] by a couple of points the last time, so I wanted to just go out and win again," said King, a freshman who is 20-6. "He [Sands] did his job, and that was motivation for me. So I just went out to get the pin for Coach."
Next, Calvert Hall's No. 2, Chris Hanlon (125, 23-2), scored four takedowns in a 13-3 win over Nick Salmon, whom he outscored 7-1 in the third period.
No. 1 Curley 48, No. 12 McDonogh 12: The Friars (10-0, 6-0) got a pin from Brian Kirhagis (103), a technical fall from Pat Curran (160), major decisions from Mike Frey (125), P.J. Kirhagis (130), Shawn Calhoun (135) and J.D. Mislak (189), and a decision from Matt Charvat (152).
McDonogh (10-3) got a pin from Joe Rosenbaum (171), and decisions from top-ranked National Prep champ Will Filbert (112) and Steve Chester (119).
Filbert's win, over Brian Bricker, was the 92nd of his career.
Pub Date: 1/28/98