McDonogh deals Cardinals their first defeat, 35-15

13-1 Eagles start fast, sweeping first five bouts

January 22, 2000|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Being in position to clinch the match was not a role Mike Hollman asked for.

But after Hollman's major decision clinched last night's 35-15 victory for seventh-ranked McDonogh over unbeaten, 12th-ranked Calvert Hall, the 160-pound senior certainly can get used to it.

Hollman improved to 13-4 after a 10-1 decision over James Hale, which, with a forfeit to heavyweight teammate Kellen Williams factored in, gave the Eagles an insurmountable 32-9 lead with three bouts left.

A decision by McDonogh's Chris Zuk (171) and a pin by Calvert Hall's Malcolm Bracey (189) closed out McDonogh's 10th straight dual-meet win, raising its record to 13-1 overall, 7-0 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association. The visiting Cardinals won only four bouts, slipping to 14-1 overall, 6-1 MIAA.

The win by Hollman, one of three Eagles seniors, was his second match-winner; last week's pin secured victory over Gilman, as well.

But his bout last night was tougher, as he survived two unintentional choke-holds by his opponent which, nonetheless, were illegal.

Each coach strengthened his roster by maneuvering wrestlers, with the Eagles benefiting more from their moves.

McDonogh swept the first five bouts for a 20-0 lead, capped by a third-period fall by MIAA champ Steve Chester (130), who improved to 12-3.

The shutout string included decisions by Chet Naylor (103), Zak Johns (119) and Ryan Davis (125), the last two by identical 6-0 scores. Johns and Davis each improved to 18-2, Naylor to 17-3.

Calvert Hall was within 20-9 after tough decision victories by Nick Sullivan (135), Zach Mryncza (140) and top-ranked Kevin King (145), but the Eagles picked up the momentum with decisions by Geoff Miller (152), Hollman and Zuk.

"The biggest advantage we have is our depth," Hollman said. "Coach [Pete Welch] can move guys around and still pull off wins against tough teams."

Naylor and Gabe Sataloff (112) were down at their respective weights for the first time for McDonogh, and their strength advantage was evident. Naylor's 6-2 decision came as result of out-muscling former junior league champ Andrew Schlaffer (18-5). Sataloff (9-1) was overpowering in a 15-0 technical fall that included nine near-fall points.

"It's good for Chet to bump down, and overall, it gives us five tougher guys in the lineup," said Chester, who had scored 12 near-fall points before finishing his opponent in 5: 28.

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