Old Mill cruises past Southern

January 28, 1998|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

For No. 7-ranked Old Mill, the lightweights did much of the heavy work last night against visiting Southern. The Patriots got five pins in winning the first seven matches and clinched the 51-9 victory over Southern before the Bulldogs could score a point.

Adam DeCosmo (103), Eric Hill (119), Chris DeAdder (125), Josh Liston (130) and Rich Sampson (145) all scored pins, while Dave Hicks (135) got a technical fall and Chris Combs (112) beat fellow state champion Nick Alley, 7-1.

The Patriots (8-1, 8-0) raced to a 38-0 lead, clinching the victory with six matches remaining when Sampson pinned Tommy Scibelli at 2: 57.

"Your lightweights get the momentum going in a match," said Old Mill coach Mike Hampe. "That's always important."

DeCosmo turned in an impressive performance, pinning Ben Thornton with eight seconds left. Combs, last year's state champion, dropped from 119 to 112 to take on Alley. The Old Mill lightweight had to work hard, but pulled out a 7-1 victory.

Hill pinned Matt Bender at 2: 44, and DeAdder already held a 13-2 lead when he finished off Ryan Spanner at 5: 07. Liston's pin of James DeCarmine upped the margin to 27-0 before Hicks scored a 20-4 technical fall against James Holt. Sampson's pin then clinched the match.

"We've got strong lightweights," said Combs, now 8-1 after missing time due to a shoulder injury. "It's been the strength of the team this year."

Brian Youmans (145) then gave Southern (13-3, 6-2) its first victory, scoring five points in the final 20 seconds for a 12-9 decision over Dan Connelly.

Chris Gross (160) and heavyweight Chris Ditch were the Bulldogs' other winners; each scored decisions.

Eric DeCosmo (152), Ted Desautels (171) and Derrick Dawson (189) were Old Mill's other victors.

Southern coach John Mayberry said he agrees that No. 4 Arundel and Old Mill are clearly the class of the county. He wants his team to climb to that level, but knows the Bulldogs have some work ahead.

"It shows us we've got a lot of room for improvement," said Mayberry, who added that two more victories will qualify his team for the dual-meet regionals. "There's Arundel, Old Mill -- and then the rest of us."

Pub Date: 1/28/98

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