Mt. St. Joe, Lewnes top Calvert Hall

Unbeaten Gaels roll, 44-6

freshman stuns No. 1 King

January 29, 2000|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

The Mount St. Joseph wrestling team routed visiting Calvert Hall last night, 44-6, riding the momentum of 145-pounder Sam Lewnes' 2-0 victory over top-ranked Kevin King.

The top-ranked Gaels improved to 17-0 overall and 3-0 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association. The Cardinals dropped to 14-2, 7-2.

The second-ranked Lewnes, a freshman, moved to 29-5 by handing King, a junior, his first loss against 19 wins. A junior-league state champ last winter, Lewnes began his bout-clinching "switch" reversal with six seconds left in the second period. Lewnes' tight-waist and arm-lever rides in the final period prompted one observer to say, "If you can't stand up against Lewnes, you ain't gettin' out."

"I tried to turn him to his back, but when that didn't work, I wanted to ride him out," said Lewnes. "He was able to slow me down at first, until I got out on the left side."

King said he "made three mistakes" against Lewnes.

"I didn't finish my shot, I lined up on the opposite side from usual and relaxed and gave up the switch," King said. "Third period, I tried for the big move instead of a simple stand-up. But he beat me. He beat [Curley's No. 3] P. J. Kirhagis. He's a good kid. He deserves to be No. 1."

Top-ranked Ryan Herwig (140) showed little rust in his return after missing three weeks because of knee surgery, bouncing Calvert Hall's Zach Mryncza, 15-3.

The Gaels led after the first five bouts, 22-0, getting pins from Devin Nash (112) and Steve Lanciotti (130), a major decision by Alex Kocay (125), and decisions from Tim Bohlman (103) and Steve Winter (119). Winter defeated Conor Byrne in overtime, 5-3.

The Gaels closed with decisions by No. 2 Jake Keyes (171), Jesse Keyes (189) and Joe Selba (152), and a forfeit to Tim Guinoo (heavyweight).

Calvert Hall's only winners were James Hale (160) and Nick Sullivan (135), both via decision.

Bohlman outscored Calvert Hall's Andrew Schlaffer, 5-0, over the second half for a 7-2 victory. Bohlman's three near-fall points in the second period overcame a 2-1 deficit against Schlaffer, whom Bohlman defeated for the first time in three tries.

"We put together a solid effort," said Gaels coach Brian Murphy. "We got after it early, which gave us the momentum."

Mount St. Joe, which travels to No. 2 Curley on Tuesday, was without top-ranked Joey Sargent (160), who said he expects to miss two weeks or more with a knee injury.

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