Gaels are far from finished Mt. St. Joe routs Gilman in battle of ranked teams


January 31, 1998|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The 41-14 victory that No. 5-ranked Mount St. Joseph scored at No. 6 Gilman last night was more than a win. It represented a message from the Gaels to the rest of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference.

"We're not ready to go down in the MIAA," said St. Joe coach Brian Murphy. "We're not done yet."

St. Joe (12-3, 5-1) suffered a tough eight-point loss Wednesday to No. 2 Calvert Hall, a match the Gaels felt they should have won. Murphy and others also said they've heard whispers that they may not be good enough to extend their MIAA tournament winning streak to 23 years in a row -- whispers that would grow louder with another shaky performance.

Thus the Gaels were fired up for Gilman, something easy to see even in the warm-ups. They came out strong, winning the first seven matches for a 31-0 lead, and clinched the victory with four bouts left.

"We had to make a statement, and it was good that we bounced back like this," said Kyle Chiaverini of St. Joe. "We're not holding anything back." Ryan Herwig (103) started the match with a tough 8-2 victory over Thomas Yoon of Gilman. St. Joe's Marc Fecteau (112) made short work of Marty Taylor, pinning him at the 33-second mark for a 9-0 lead.

Then came the two key matches of the night. Steve Lanciotti (119) and Nick Salmon (125) both scored come-from-behind victories for the Gaels. Lanciotti rallied from a 6-2 second-period deficit to edge Mike Machlin, 9-7. Salmon trailed Terence Yoon by two, but a takedown with 46 seconds left tied the match and the subsequent back points gave the St. Joe wrestler a 6-4 win.

Instead of trailing just 9-6, Gilman now was buried in a 15-0 hole. Brian McDermott (130) and Chiaverini (135) stretched it to 27-0 with pins in the second and first periods, respectively. Jake Keyes (140) made it 31-0 with his 11-2 decision over Franco Gould. Gilman finally got on the board when Tim Webb (145) topped Mike Moore, 7-2, but Ron Cooper (152) then clinched the match with a 5-2 win over Mike Swann.

No. 2 Calvert Hall 45, McDonogh 21: The Cardinals' Chris Knox moved up a weight class to 112 pounds and upset top-ranked, defending state champion Wil Filbert, 3-2, in a grueling match. The winners' Tony Russo pushed his record to 26-2 after his major decison over Keven Sanders at 135. Calvert Hall is now 17-0.

Pub Date: 1/31/98

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