McDonogh advances 10, leads private-school event

No. 1 Mt. St. Joe second

8th-grader scores upset

February 19, 2000|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Host McDonogh advanced 10 of its 13 wrestlers into today's semifinals and has a 16-point lead over Mount St. Joseph entering today's final day of the Maryland Private Schools state tournament.

Last night also saw a big upset. Eighth-grader Rudy Rueda III, competing at 103 pounds for Clinton's Grace Brethren, edged Clayton Bentz, Gilman's top-ranked Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association champ, on double-overtime riding criteria, 4-3.

Advancing for the fourth-ranked Eagles (120.5 points) were Chet Naylor (103 pounds), Gabe Sataloff (112), Zak Johns (119), Ryan Davis (125), Steve Chester (130), Matt Eder (135), Geoff Miller (152), Mike Hollman (160), Chris Zuk (171) and Kellen Williams (heavyweight).

Top-ranked Mount St. Joseph was in second place with 104.5 points and moved Devon Nash (112), Steve Lanciotti (130), Ryan Herwig (140), Sam Lewnes (145), Joe Sargent (160), Jake Keyes (171) into the semis.

No. 6 Archbishop Curley, in third place with 103 points, advanced Mark Frey (103), Jim Barbour (112), Darian Kess (119), Brian Kirhagis (125), Antwaun Lide (135) and Tom Boettcher (152).

McDonogh coach Pete Welch called Eder's 6-0 win over the Gaels' Mike Lawrence and Williams' 7-6 decision over second-seeded Mike Price, from Carroll County's Bowling Brook, "huge wins."

Of his upset, the 14-year-old Rueda, 15-1 this winter, said: "In junior leagues last year, he was 10 pounds heavier than me, and we never got to wrestle. But there's been a lot of talk about us wrestling. They thought he was faster, stronger, but I'm like 99 pounds, and most of these guys are cutting several pounds."

Rueda, a former honor-roll student at St. Peter's in Waldorf who is now home-schooled through Grace Brethren, has practiced and competed with the Eagles "pretty much since the beginning of the season," said coach Chris Kennedy.

The four-time junior-league state champ became eligible just a week ago at Grace, making him also eligible for the states and National Preps.

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