Arundel can't hold back No. 4 Old Mill

Scoring in middle weights, Patriots roll to 37-18 win


January 15, 2000|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Arundel first-year coach John Miller said going in he would need some extra-ordinary efforts to get past No. 4-ranked Old Mill.

His eighth-ranked Wildcats provided a couple early, but not nearly enough to overcome the Patriots, who, with too much experience, depth and talent, pulled away in the middle weights to earn a 37-18 win last night in Gambrills.

Right after the Wildcats (5-1) got one of those outstanding efforts, Matt Stoy's third-period pin of Nick Liston at 140 pounds that provided an 18-10 lead, the Patriots (7-0) took over -- completely.

Dave Hicks answered when he caught Taylor Connolly in the third period, getting those six points right back.

The Patriots took the lead for good, at 19-18, when Dan Connelly scored an 8-7 decision over Brady Wise, who was called for an illegal full nelson that awarded the deciding point late in the third period.

The Patriots ran the table with Erik Hultgren (160) earning a decision; Antoine Cooskey (171) getting a technical fall against Matt Crouse; Adam Drayton (189) clinching a match with a major decision; and heavyweight Dave Kim closing it out with a pin.

The Patriots also ran the table on the toughest part of their dual meet schedule, defeating Chesapeake-AA, Broadneck, Hammond and Arundel -- all ranked teams -- in the past two weeks.

"We're very excited. This group sticks together. This a team that's committed to practice, and they've matured a lot in this time," said Old Mill coach Vern Hines.

"Arundel came ready to wrestle and did a great job. Hicks came up with a big pin, and we were able to win everything from then on."

At the start, Arundel got decisions from George Kotsis and Mike Handleman to take a 6-0 lead that was quickly erased when Dwayne Jones pinned Eric Schroeder at 119.

At 130, Old Mill's Adam DeCosmo stopped Ryan Lowder with a 10-2 major decision.

With the Wildcats leading 12-10 at 140, a scoreless bout turned into six quick points when Stoy caught Liston in the opening minute of the third period.

But the rest of the match belonged to the Patriots.

"We did get some extra ordinary efforts, particularly Matt Stoy's fall. And I was very pleased with our lighter weights," said Miller.

"We just needed everything to go for us and everything to go against them. Old Mill, up and down their lineup, all their kids are tough."

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