Mt. St. Joe rolls past Curley, 42-24

Kocay starts rally after Gaels lose first 3 bouts

Wrestling

February 16, 2000|By Lem Satterfield

Alex Kocay's 9-7 overtime victory over Archbishop Curley 125-pounder Brian Kirhagis sparked a 42-24 dual-meet victory for visiting Mount St. Joseph in Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association action yesterday.

Although he trailed 5-0 early, Kocay improved to 1-2 against No. 5 Kirhagis, who was runner-up at last weekend's MIAA tournament. Kocay's win ended No. 6 Curley's three-bout sweep as the top-ranked Gaels moved to 21-1, 12-1.

"Curley wanted to sweep the first four bouts, but as a captain, I had to turn it around," said Kocay, who wrestled with bruised ribs. "I knew if I kept plugging away, I'd get him."

St. Joe, which dethroned Curley for last weekend's MIAA tournament crown, will have forced a three-way tie for the league's dual-meet crown if Curley (12-3, 11-1) defeats visiting McDonogh (22-1, 12-0) today.

St. Joe freshman Sam Lewnes, No. 2 at 145, overcame a 3-1 deficit by reversing top-ranked P.J. Kirhagis into a cradle for a pin at 4: 38. Lewnes is 2-2 vs. Kirhagis, to whom he was runner-up at MIAAs.

Also pinning for the Gaels were Tim Guinoo (heavyweight), two-time MIAA champ Steve Lanciotti (130) and MIAA champs Joey Sargent (160), Jake Keyes (189) and Ryan Herwig (140) -- the latter in 15 seconds. Jesse Keyes (171) won a decision.

Pinning for Curley were Mark Frey (103), MIAA champ Tom Boettcher (152) and two-time champ Darian Kess (119), with decisions by champs Jim Barbour (112) and Antwuan Lide (135).

Pub Date: 2/16/00

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