Wilde Lake takes down Atholton

Burns' win completes upset for Wildecats


January 12, 2000|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

The pressure was on sophomore Wilde Lake heavyweight Pat Burns. His teammates had rallied from 11 points down to tie, 27-27, and it was up to him whether they would upset No. 12 Atholton.

The 271-pounder had a 35-pound weight advantage over his opponent, Joe Levine. "It was the first time I had pressure on me like that," Burns said. "I thought I could beat him."

He thought correctly. After falling behind 2-1, Burns scored a takedown with four seconds left in the first period. He added an escape in the second period to lead 4-2.

Thirty seconds into the final period Burns (5-2) scored the pin for a 33-27 Wilde Lake victory.

Atholton (6-3 overall, 2-2 league) had hopes of making the state dual meet championships. Burns and Wilde Lake (4-3, 2-2) played spoilers, however.

"Pat is real mobile and aggressive and worked hard to get down from 295 pounds in football," Wilde Lake coach Adam Eldridge said.

Equally as important as Burns' win was Mike Davis' 10-8 upset of Brian Mullinix (12-2) at 189.

The two were tied at 6 headed into the final period. Mullinix fell behind, 9-6, but scored a reversal with 28 seconds left making it 9-8. Davis (8-2) escaped with four seconds left.

"He knew how to defend. He held on nicely," Mullinix said.

Two other Wilde Lake veterans came through, as Jim DiPietro (160 pounds) earned a pin, improving his record to 10-1, and Rob Jackson (130 pounds) scored a major decision.

A first-year wrestler at 112 pounds, Garvin Watson, also played a major role by upsetting Wes Lipple, 10-9, winning on an escape with 19 seconds left.

For Atholton, 14-1 Doug Ramsey (103 pounds) and Adam Roth (145 pounds) came through with pins.

Mark Carbonne of Atholton defeated Jason Downs in a crucial match at 171 pounds, 5-2.

"When you are forfeiting at 152 you can't afford to give up any pins," Atholton coach Bruce Lindblad said. "We shouldn't be getting pinned at this stage of the season."

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