Early wins ease fears, lift Hawks over Raiders

No. 6 River Hill pulls away behind Allen, Romano


High Schools

January 05, 2000|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Earlier this season River Hill coach Earl Lauer watched Atholton beat a strong South Carroll team by a comfortable margin.

So don't blame him if he was apprehensive about yesterday's dual meet against the Raiders. He was even more worried when his team lost the coin toss.

His fears faded as rapidly as Y2K, however, after the Hawks won two of the first three matches by close decisions and went on to a 37-22 victory.

At 119 pounds, sophomore county champion Ryan Green decisioned senior county runner-up Mike Shoemaker, 9-5. Green had defeated Shoemaker twice previously in close matches.

The biggest early victory was at 112 pounds where Danny Allen edged Wesley Lipple in a 10-9 thriller. Allen jumped ahead 5-0 but Lipple tied it, 5-5, at the end of the first period. Allen's winning points came on a takedown with 40 seconds left. Lipple scored an escape and was desperately trying to score again as time ran out.

"The Lipple loss hurt," Atholton coach Bruce Woodward said. "We wrestled well, especially Robbie Allen at 140 and Mark Carbone at 171."

The No. 6-ranked Hawks (6-0 overall, 3-0 league) won both those matches, however, as Mike Romano edged Allen, 3-0, and county champion Jason Fawcett decisioned Carbone, 7-3.

Fawcett's effort clinched the victory for River Hill, giving the Hawks a 31-16 lead.

Brian Mullinix, a county runner-up, then pinned Jesse Fawcett at 189 making it 31-22.

But Scott Cannon of River Hill pinned Joe Levine in 4: 56 to keep the Raiders from making the final score any closer.

Cannon and county runner-up Scott Buescher at 152 pounds had River Hill's only pins. But state champion Brandon Lauer won a forfeit, giving him a 15-0 record that includes 13 pins and two forfeits and a career mark of 85-0.

In addition to Mullinix's pin, Doug Ramsey at 103 and county runner-up Bryan Radik at 125 also earned pins for No. 10-ranked Atholton (6-2, 2-1).

County champion Adam Roth won an 18-6 major decision over Matt Shevland at 145 pounds that pulled the Raiders within two points, 18-16, before the Hawks reeled off 13 straight points.

"I knew they [Atholton] would be tough," said Earl Lauer. "The coin toss made it interesting and led to a lot of jockeying and instant decision making. And we were just fortunate to win the close ones."

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