Curley's Kess comes from behind for Hammond title

112-pounder avenges losses to Del.'s Sianni

Gaels' Sargent beats Mays

Wrestling

High Schools

January 16, 2000|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Few people in Maryland have seen Darian Kess lose.

So few in the jam-packed gymnasium knew what the 112-pound Curley wrestler was up against in his title-bout against state champ Jordan Sianni of Delaware's Hodgson Vo-Tech in last night's 25-team, fifth-annual Hammond Invitational

Kess (26-2) overcame a huge obstacle with a come-from-behind, 4-3 victory over Sianni, who twice defeated Kess last season. Last night, Kess trailed 2-0 early but went ahead for good, 4-2, with a buzzer-beating shoestring takedown at mat's edge in the second period.

"The only reason I dropped to 112 was to get Jordan Sianni. I'd already beaten Pat Atkinson [of St. Mark's], who won at 119," said Kess, referring to Atkinson, who edged Franklin's state champ Matt Schuster, 11-7, last night.

Kess reached the finals on two major decisions and a technical fall.

Mount St. Joseph's Joey Sargent (160) improved to 25-1 with 17 pins, winning a title-bout battle of state champs, 3-2, over Franklin's Sam Mays (14-3).

Sargent, who won at Hammond for the second straight year, pinned all three of his opponents en route to his title bout.

Mays reached the finals on a pin, a 15-0 techincal fall, and a 5-2 semifinal win over Delaware state runner-up Ray Callaway, who was sixth at the Beast of the East Tournament.

St. Mark's, with 269 points, won the tournament, followed by Hodgson Vo-Tech (234) and William Penn (226). Mount St. Joseph settled for fifth with 149 points.

Schuster (13-1) pinned twice, including a quarterfinal fall over Atholton's tough Mike Shoemaker, then routed Lackey's Josh McKeever, 13-5.

In the title bout, however, Schuster lost to Atkinson, a Delaware state runner-up last season, after leading briefly, 5-4, in the second period.

Mount St. Joseph's Steve Lanciotti (23-4), ranked No. 3 in The Sun, and teammate Sam Lewnes (145) each were second.

Lanciotti dropped a 5-1 decision to Hodgson Vo-Tech's state runner-up Mike Welch in the 130-pound final. Lanciotti got there by routing South Carroll's third-ranked, previously unbeaten Dan Patterson, who was third at states, by 15-6 in the quarterfinals. Lanciotti's semifinal reversal with seven seconds left secured a 4-2 win over Kent County's previously unbeaten Jacob Kirwan.

Lewnes (27-5), a freshman, ground out a 1-0 semifinal win over South Carroll's Kevin Clark before avenging an earlier 4-2 loss with a 5-4, double-overtime victory over Curley's two-time, MIAA-runner-up P. J. Kirhagis.

In the finals, Lewnes lost, 7-2, however, to William Penn's James Fromal.

South Carroll's Bryan Hamper (140) pinned twice before defeating Curley's Richard Wemple for the second time this season, 4-3, in the semifinals. Hamper (19-1) dropped his title-bout, 17-1, however to St. Mark's state champ, Andrew Donofrio.

Franklin's Luke Mays (152) pinned twice before edging St. Paul's Robbie Roose, 8-5, in the semifinal. A late knee injury suffered against Roose, however, forced Mays (14-1) to forgo his title bout due to injury.

Gilman's Mike Faust (Hwt.) ran his record to 23-0 with his 13th pins in 3: 55 over St. Mark's Nick Meyer in the championship. Faust won his second straight Hammond Tournament title.

Gilman's Matt Turner (215) pinned his way into the finals before losing, 10-4, to DeMatha's Flynn Ficker.

Severna Park's Dan Seger (189) improved to 15-2 with two decisions before losing, 9-3, to Bullis' Tanner Cerrand in the final.

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