Wins give ailing Franklin a lift

No. 3 Indians put away Rising Sun, Dulaney


High Schools

January 05, 2000|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Third-ranked Franklin entered yesterday's match against Rising Sun at Dulaney High missing two of its top wrestlers due to physical ailments.

Once on the mat, however, the Indians didn't waste much time in giving the Cecil County power a healthy dose of humility, winning eight of 13 matches in a 38-23 victory.

"This was the biggest win of the year so far," said Franklin coach Scott Delpo, who credited several reserves for stepping up to score points. "These guys are working with the starters every day in practice, and it's paying off."

In other matches, Rising Sun defeated Dulaney, 44-25, and Franklin defeated Dulaney, 42-24, winning the final four matches to break a 24-24 tie.

Franklin (5-0), wrestling without 130-pounder Drew Outen (concussion), a defending county champion, and 140-pounder Ryan Ridgely (illness), a regional runner-up, racked up points via three pins, a default and a forfeit.

After winning five of the first six weight classes against Rising Sun to build a 20-6 lead, the Indians later broke a 20-20 tie by capturing three of the final four, including pins by Luke Mays (160) and Sam Mays (171).

For Rising Sun (3-2), which earlier this season knocked off defending Class 3A-4A state champion Damascus and McDonogh, this one was a struggle.

"I was real pleased to be competitive and have a chance to win it at the end," said Rising Sun coach Dean Cox, whose team was also missing two starters.

The Indians clinched the match at 189 pounds, when Kyle Headley went the distance in losing a 6-1 decision to Ryan Gwaltney.

It was a defining win for the Indians, who earlier in the match had lost a team point for an equipment violation.

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