Two-sport standout Faust picks Penn

He'll wrestle, play football

tourney takes fishy turn

January 06, 2000|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Gilman's Mike Faust, top-ranked nationally at heavyweight by Wrestling USA, and at 215 pounds by Amateur Wrestling News, has applied for early-decision admission to the University of Pennsylvania.

An All-Metro running back on Gilman's consecutive, top-ranked, 10-0 football teams, Faust also will play that sport for the Quakers.

Faust, at 18 a two-time All-Metro wrestling pick, two-time private schools state champ and defending National Preps champ, has a career record of 110-6.

This season's 12-0 record includes his third straight title at the McDonogh Tournament, where he earned Most Valuable Wrestler honors -- and his second crown at the prestigious "Beast of The East" Winter Nationals Tournament at Delaware.

A 4.0 student with a 1,340 SAT score, Faust, who bench presses 380 pounds, also was recruited by Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Duke, Edinboro (Pa.), Cornell, Brown and Virginia.

"They flew him down to Duke, up to Harvard, but he went to Penn and liked [its]business program, the Wharton School, which will admit him, and it's one of the best in the country," said Mike Faust Sr.

"He's going to major in business. He can play football, wrestle for the ninth-ranked team in the country -- the best in the Ivy Leagues. It's a perfect fit."

A fish tale

A case of sibling rivalry between Perry Hall girls basketball coach Linda Caccavalla and her sister, Debbie "Fish" Brajevich, coach at Kellenberg Memorial High in Uniondale, N.Y., has filtered down to their teams.

It all began when Perry Hall beat the Long Islanders three years ago.

"She went home and told her daughter and the whole family that she won, and they believed her," said Caccavalla. "When we went up there on vacation, I gave her [a small ceramic fish], but I had painted `Perry Hall beat you' on its belly. She finally turned it over in October and saw what was on the bottom. We decided whoever loses the next game gets to keep the fish."

Brajevich, however, forgot to bring the fish last week to Perry Hall's I-95 Challenge tournament, so Caccavalla improvised. She and her niece, Kellenberg guard Jennifer Brajevich, found a replacement -- a huge, lawn-ornament fish that will become the rivalry's traveling trophy.

Unfortunately, the new fish resides at Kellenberg, because Brajevich's team beat Perry Hall, 64-54, last week.

Next winter, the Gators hope not only to claim the new fish but that Maryland will fare better in the I-95 Challenge, which brings a new twist to the holiday tournament theme, pitting state vs. state. Last week, Kellenberg and Holy Trinity, also from Long Island, gave New York the championship over Perry Hall and Kensington's Newport School.

Gator Darby Burke, who scored 26 points in the tournament, was Maryland MVP.

Schuster rebounds

Matt Schuster, one of Franklin's two returning state wrestling champs, overcame career-threatening injuries from a mid-November car accident to win his weight class in last week's Damascus Tournament.

"I went through the back windshield and landed about 20 feet from the car," said Schuster, who suffered bruised ribs, "got four stitches in the lower part of my neck near my left ear," and "got a bunch of bumps and lumps all over my body."

Schuster said his brother, Andy, suffered damage to his spinal cord, ending his junior season. Andy wears a neck brace but is expected to recover.

Short takes

Edmondson's Raytron Leak, All-Metro football Offensive Player of the Year, said he is scheduling a visit to Michigan and might visit Virginia, Boston College and Syracuse -- all of which are offering full scholarships.

Leak said he also is highly interested in Maryland, which has offered a scholarship, and plans to take an unofficial visit at his own expense "since it's so close to home." He canceled a Dec. 17 visit to Nebraska, because "they were involved in the bowl week."

Institute of Notre Dame freshman Colby Lee earned All-Tournament Team honors last week at the Melbourne (Fla.) Central Catholic Christmas tournament. The 5-foot-11 center totaled 32 points, 14 rebounds and four steals as the Indians went 1-2 in the tournament.

Joppatowne sophomore wrestler Phil Parrow (140), who has a 3.6 grade-point average, is 12-1. Fallston right-hander Phil Akens was recently named a preseason first-team All-American by The Baseball Factory. Mount St. Joseph wrestlers Joey Sargent (160, second), Sam Lewnes (145, fourth) and Steve Lanciotti (130, sixth) all placed at last week's PowerAde Invitational Tournament at Trinity High in Washington, Pa. Brian Miller of Loyola High has committed to Brown University, where he will play lacrosse.

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