Sargent rally helps St. Joe pin down team title in states

He overcomes 5-0 deficit as Gaels edge McDonogh

Gilman's Faust: 3 in row

February 20, 2000|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Joey Sargent's buzzer-beating takedown overcame a five-point deficit for a 6-5 victory over St. Paul's Robbie Roose in their 160-pound title bout of yesterday's Maryland private schools' state championships at McDonogh.

Sargent (34-1) was joined in victory by Mount St. Joseph teammates Steve Lanciotti (130) and Sam Lewnes (145), with Ryan Herwig (140), Joe Selba (152) and Jake Keyes (171) finishing second, and Devin Nash (112) fourth, as the top-ranked Gaels edged No. 4 McDonogh, 222-217, for the team title.

Sargent earned the award for most falls in the shortest amount of time, pinning his first three opponents in a combined 1: 51.

"It was scary, being on my back" in the first period, fighting off Roose's headlock for "about a minute and a half," said Sargent, who beat Roose, 6-1, last weekend. "It's the first time I'd been on my back since midseason, freshman year, and he's the strongest kid I've ever wrestled."

For McDonogh, freshman Ryan Davis (125) downed Loyola's Danny Natterman, 11-3, to improve to 33-2. Natterman is 40-3. McDonogh's Chet Naylor (112) and Steve Chester (130) were second, with third-place finishes by Gabe Sataloff (112), Zak Johns (119), Mike Hollman (160 and Chris Zuk (171), and a fourth-place from Matt Eder (135).

Curley's Darian Kess (119) and Antwaun Lide (135) won titles, with Jim Barbour (112) and Tom Boettcher (152) finishing second, Mark Frey (103) third, and Brian Kirhagis (125) fourth.

Gilman's Mike Faust (heavyweight) routed Flynn Ficker of DeMatha, 15-5, to improve to 38-0 on the season with his third straight state title. Faust reached the finals on three first-period pins, and, later, earned the award for a senior who scored the most career points for his program.

Lanciotti (37-4) defeated McDonogh's Steve Chester for the fourth time this season, 9-4, adding the state crown to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association title he won over Chester last weekend. Chester (30-6) had reached the finals with an impressive pin in 1: 34 of Interstate Athletic Conference champ Jeremy Feinberg. Had Chester defeated Lanciotti, McDonogh could have won the whole tournament.

Lewnes (41-6), a freshman, defeated Calvert Hall's Kevin King (30-3) for the second time this season, 6-1. Herwig (24-4) lost the night's most anticipated bout, 10-4, to two-time state champ Matt Palmer (44-3), and Keyes dropped a 6-3 decision to DeMatha's Nate Crosby, whom he had twice beaten.

Lide (33-5) scored two technical falls, a pin and a 15-1 decision. Kess (34-2), last winter's National Preps runner-up, won his second straight crown, 11-3, over Annapolis Area Christian's Luke Palumbo (32-6), whom Kess edged in overtime earlier this season.

Kess scored two near-fall points and four takedowns to raise his school record for career takedowns to 409.

Palumbo is his school's first state runner-up.

"I wanted to open up, go for a major decision, which I got," said Kess. "I wanted to show more aggression."

Bowling Brook Prep edged Annapolis Area Christian, 54-50, for the B Division title on the strength of third-place finishes by Corry Bowe (189) and Mike Price (hwt.). Grace Brethren's sixth-place finisher Rudy Rueda (103) became the event's first eighth-grader to place.

Bullis' two-time champ, Matt Palmer (44-3), was named Outstanding Wrestler for his 10-4 win over Herwig. Tied at 4-all, Palmer, riding a bar-arm, forced a second-period stalling call against Herwig for a 5-4 lead.

Herwig allowed a third-period escape to try for a takedown, but forced a move -- which Palmer countered for four points -- in the closing seconds.

"I wanted to get him to come up off his base for a tilt, but when he didn't, I tried to tire him out," said Palmer, who beat Lide at 125 last season and moved up to challenge Herwig. "Ryan beat me, freestyle, this summer, but it wasn't about revenge. Ryan's my boy, and a good wrestler."

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