Mount St. Joseph finishes off what Lanciotti started

Senior's win sparks Gaels to tourney championship

MIAA wrestling

February 13, 2000|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Yesterday was Steve Lanciotti's last match after four years in the Mount St. Joseph gymnasium. He certainly made the most of the opportunity.

Lanciotti rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat McDonogh's Steve Chester, 10-3, and win the 130-pound weight class at yesterday's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association wrestling tournament.

Lanciotti's title was the first of four for Mount St. Joseph, which took the team title after a two-year absence as the champion. The Gaels won comfortably over McDonogh, 193.5-176. Archbishop Curley finished third with 160.5.

Lanciotti, who won the MIAA championship as a sophomore two years ago, said the match was tough on him mentally.

"I never get nervous before a match, but I did yesterday," Lanciotti said. "It meant so much to me personally and to us as a team to win this."

The Geals' three other champions were: Ryan Herwig at 140 pounds, Joe Sargent (160) and Jake Keyes (171).

"I'm happy for our team," said Gaels coach Brian Murphy. "They've pulled together all year long, and it's a credit to them to bring this title back here."

In other matches, Gilman's Clayton Bentz, a freshman, won a 7-3 decision over McDonogh's Chet Naylor at 103 pounds. It was the first time the two had met.

In the semifinals, the second-ranked Bentz had the chance to avenge last week's 5-3 defeat against Archbishop Curley's Mark Frey in the semifinals.

"I felt confident coming in," said Bentz, who beat Frey yesterday, 5-4. "I don't know why, but I wrestle better in tournaments that I do duals. I knew [Naylor] was bigger than I was, but it was easier than I thought."

Gilman's Mike Faust, named the outstanding wrestler of the tournament, ran his record to 35-0 with a technical fall over Colin Doyle of Loyola, 25-10, in the heavyweight division. The Greyhounds also won the 189-pound match when Elliott Wiley executed an escape in overtime to defeat Loyola's Rob Collins, 3-2.

At 152, Curley sophomore Tom Boettcher broke open a tight match early in the final period to win the title over McDonogh's Geoff Miller, 7-3. Boettcher was a runner-up in last year's tournament.

"It was closer than I wanted it to be," Boettcher said. "I was patient, and when I saw my chance, I broke it open."

Curley's Darien Kess, a defending champion, took over a close match in the second period to defeat McDonogh's Zack Johns, 7-4, at 119 pounds.

The Friar's Jim Barbour won an 8-0 decision over McDonogh's Gabe Sataloff for the 112-pound title.

Curley had another winner at 145 pounds when P. J. Kirhages defeated Mount St. Joseph's Sam Lewnes, 8-5.

Ryan Davis was McDonogh's only champion as he defeated Brian Kirhages, 11-5, at 125 pounds.

Pub Date: 2/13/00

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