Mount St. Joe wrestlers look to knock off DeMatha

Gaels earn four top seeds in private schools tourney


February 18, 2000|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

With four No. 1 seeds and one No. 2 seed, the top-ranked Mount St. Joseph wrestling team appears primed to dethrone DeMatha in the Maryland Independent Schools tournament that begins at McDonogh today.

Among public schools, district tournaments also get under way today, including those in Baltimore and Baltimore and Harford counties.

Private schools: For Mount St. Joseph, Joey Sargent (160 pounds), Sam Lewnes (145), Steve Lanciotti (130) and Jake Keyes (171) all received top seeds, and Ryan Herwig (140) is second-seeded behind defending champ Matt Palmer, of Potomac's Bullis School.

Fourth-ranked McDonogh, winner of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association dual-meet crown, has seven wrestlers seeded in the top three with Ryan Davis (125) at No. 1, and Zak Johns (119) and Steve Chester (130) at No. 2, and Chet Naylor (103), Gabe Sataloff (112), Geoff Miller (152) and Chris Zuk (171) at No. 3.

For sixth-ranked Archbishop Curley, Darian Kess (119) and Antwaun Lide (135) earned top seeds, with Jim Barbour (112), Brian Kirhagis (125) and Tom Boettcher (152) earning second seeds. Gilman's Mike Faust (heavyweight) looks to improve on his 35-0 record with his third straight private schools crown.

The tournament will have two new twists from Prince George's County: Tierra Jolly (130), of Forestville's Bishop McNamara, will be the event's first female competitor, and Rudy Rueda (103), a home-schooled, eighth-grader representing Clinton's Grace Brethren, is being allowed to participate.

Baltimore: Two-time champ Richard Johnson (145) and Caleb Moore (140) lead Patterson's run at its fourth straight tournament crown. The Clippers have 12 of 13 wrestlers seeded in the top four.

Baltimore County: No. 5 Franklin will be led by defending county champs Matt Schuster (119) and Luke Mays (152), along with county runners-up Stan Wagner (125) and Sam Mays (160). The Indians are looking to dethrone No. 9 Owings Mills.

Franklin also will look to hold off challenges from No. 10 Eastern Tech and Dulaney. Eastern's No. 3-ranked Dave Wooden (189) earned the No. 1 seed over Milford Mill's second-ranked Muhammad Howard.

Harford County: Bel Air's Jon Wainwright (171) leads the regular-season, dual-meet champion Bobcats' charge.

Coleman's big splash

City swimmer Donte Coleman will be defending his 200- and 500-meter freestyle titles when the Knights (10-2) take to the pool today in the City championships at Morgan State University.

A student who ranks in the top five percent of his class with a 3.93 grade-point average and a four-year starter for the Knights, Coleman began swimming when he was 6 for the Baltimore City Swim Club.

The 16-year-old senior is unbeaten against city competitors over his four seasons, having competed in every individual event during his career at City. Coleman also holds school records in the 500 freestyle (5: 17.00) and as a member of the 200 medley relay team (2: 00.16).

Coleman also has played the trumpet as a four-year member of the Knights' school band, jazz and orchestra ensembles. He also has worked as a lifeguard with the Baltimore City Department of Recreation, teaching learn-to-swim and water safety techniques.

Metzger dives to title

In yesterday's diving championships at Patterson, junior Dominic Metzger of Poly took first place by scoring 264.3 after 11 dives. Patterson's David Wright (194.30) and Trevon Battle (191.15) were second and third.

Et cetera

Bel Air boys basketball coach Bill Georg, 57, who is retiring after 27 seasons, will be recognized in a ceremony after the Bobcats' game at C. Milton Wright tonight.

Mount Carmel has hired John Runk to coach its boys lacrosse team, which will field a squad for the first time and compete in the MIAA's C Conference.

Gilman's football team, the Baltimore area's top-ranked team the past two seasons, will put its 21-game winning streak on the line with a Sept. 2 season opener against national power DeMatha at Parkdale High.

Laura Nolan, Kelly Vaughan, Kate Ryan, Bridget Kimmel and Jasmine DeGross from league champion Notre Dame Prep are among 14 swimmers named to the first Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland swimming all-star list.

Also honored were Liz Williams, Kim Freeman, Amy Hancock, Jinji Fraser, Thea Burdnell, Michelle Freeman and Kim Wright, McDonogh; Erin Lears, Roland Park; and Cynthia Clark (Mount de Sales).

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