It's golden redemption for King

Calvert Hall junior goes 3-0, as Cardinals score 1st dual meet victory over DeMatha

Wrestling

High Schools

January 30, 2000|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Calvert Hall's Kevin King was looking to rebound from his first loss in yesterday's Gilman Duals, and the No. 1-ranked 145-pounder did just that, going 3-0 to earn a gold medal.

The slender junior led the 12th-ranked Cardinals (15-4) to their first-ever dual meet victory over five-time National Preps champ, DeMatha of Hyattsville, 38-27, raising his record to 22-1 in the process.

Blair Academy of New Jersey went 3-0 in the event, winning the overall title, 41-18, over St. Mark's of Delaware.

"I'm happy with the way I wrestled today, especially against St. Mark's [a 62-9 Cardinals' loss]. It was big for me after last night," said King, referring to his 2-0 loss Friday night to Mount St. Joseph's No. 2-ranked Sam Lewnes.

A pin by Calvert Hall's Malcolm Bracey (189) ended DeMatha's three-bout sweep and gave the Cardinals an insurmountable 38-15 lead with two bouts left. Bracey's fall over DeMatha was a bit of a surprise, coming against Matt Bovich, winner of the Curley and Annapolis tournaments.

Also pinning against DeMatha were Calvert Hall's Andrew Schlaffer (103) and Nick Sullivan (135), with a major decision from Conor Byrne (119), decisions from Kenny White (125) and Jason Capeletti (112) and a forfeit to Zach Mrynza (140).

King's technique led to last month's 11-10 win over Damascus state runner-up T. J. Salb. But that slick style gave way to a more physical and aggressive approach yesterday, particularly in a 12-4 rout of DeMatha's Mike Luby.

In that match, King scored five takedowns and two nearfall points, and occasionally had to be admonished by the official for extra-curricular aggressiveness.

King scored a takedown with 32 seconds left in a 5-4 victory over former Delaware junior-league state champ, Tyler Bastianelli of St. Mark's.

But King's anticipated matchup with Woodberry Forrest's Jase Glenn (22-2), a fourth-place finisher in Virginia's state tournament last season, never materialized. Glenn bumped away from King, eventually scoring a pin at 152 pounds that keyed a 36-35 victory over the Cardinals.

"I wanted to be aggressive today, and I did that in my first match," said King, who received a forfeit win vs. Woodberry. "I was forcing my shots a little [against Bastianelli], but I thought about the St. Joe match and I was able to score the takedown to win."

For Gilman (10-3), Mike Faust (215) ran his record to 28-0 on the year (126-6 career, 74 pins) and his winning streak to 64 straight matches. Faust pinned his St. Mark's opponent in 54 seconds, his DeMatha opponent in 55 seconds, and his Woodberry Forest rival in 1: 29.

Gilman's 40-29 defeat of DeMatha included first-year wrestler, Matt Turner (215), a junior, avenging an earlier loss over Flynn Ficker, 10-9.

No. 1 Clayton Bentz (103) of Gilman moved to 16-4 with two first-period pins. Bentz wrestled well yesterday in a 6-2 loss to state champ Bob Shaw of St. Mark's, winner of the Hammond and Delaware Winter Nationals ("Beast of the East") tournaments.

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