1999-2000 All-Baltimore City/County wrestling

March 08, 2000|By LEM SATTERFIELD

Coach of the Year

Pete Welch, McDonogh: The No. 3 Eagles won their final 19 dual meets after a season-opening loss to No. 1 Mount St. Joseph, including subsequent victories over the Gaels and Curley -- the latter clinching the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association dual-meet title. The championship was the first for the Eagles' wrestling program since 1974, when McDonogh split the Maryland Scholastic Association title with City and Mount St. Joseph. This season's Eagles, whose squad rarely included more than three seniors, also won their second straight McDonogh Invitational Tournament crown. McDonogh was runner-up at both the MIAA and private school state meets. Welch and assistant Joe Bakwell had enough faith in their young wrestlers to juggle the lineup for maximum results, including a victory over Gilman which ended a losing streak that had extended over two decades. Welch moved two underclassmen up a class against Gilman, including sophomore Zak Johns, who pinned a senior. Chet Naylor (103) and Gabe Sataloff (112) scored big wins vs. Mount St. Joseph, as did sophomore Geoff Miller against Curley, even though he was wrestling up a weight at 160 for the match.

Wrestler of the Year

Mike Faust, Gilman: Faust went 43-0 with 28 pins, eight technical falls and four major decisions. Along the way, Faust won his third straight McDonogh, MIAA and private schools state titles at heavyweight, and also his second straight Gilman Duals, Beast of the East and National Preps titles. Faust, ranked No. 1 as a senior at 215 by Amateur Wrestling News and No. 1 at heavyweight by Wrestling USA Magazine, has been selected to represent the United States against the Pennsylvania All-Stars in The Dapper Dan Classic on March 25; will go against Minnesota All-Stars in the Dream Team Classic on April 1; and will compete in the Maryland vs. Virginia All-Star Classic on Friday. A two-time All-Metro wrestler and an All-Metro running back in football, the highly recruited Faust -- who has a 4.0 grade-point average -- will play football and wrestle at the University of Pennsylvania, where he will be enrolled in the Wharton School of Finance.

The first team

Ryan Davis, McDonogh: The sensational freshman won MIAA and private schools tournament titles and finished fifth at the National Preps tournament. Davis, who went 39-4 at 125 pounds, moved up to 135 for a dual-meet win over Gilman's MIAA runner-up, Tyrone Bowie. The muscular Davis also routed (by 14-5) Montgomery County champ Blake Rolen of Springbrook, who is cousin to three-time state champ Brandon Lauer of River Hill.

Trent Dixon, Eastern Tech: After suffering his second overtime loss, Dixon won his final 14 bouts, including the county, region and Class 4A-3A state tournament crowns to finish at 32-2. Among Dixon's wins was a pin of Lansdowne's Shawn Sims (third at 2A-1A states), and decisions over 2A-1A state runner-up Ryan Jackson (Perryville) and Montgomery County and region champ Antonio Williams of Paint Branch. Williams was 35-0 before Dixon beat him for the 103-pound state title.

Ryan Herwig, Mount St. Joseph: Herwig (28-5) was first at the Annapolis Tournament and was runner-up at the Maryland Catholic and private schools state tournaments. Herwig dominated his 140-pound MIAA competition, even though he had to rebound from a knee injury to do it. The slender junior, who won the freestyle cadet nationals during the summer, won the MIAA tournament after being a runner-up two seasons ago.

Won Hill, Catonsville: The thick-legged senior made it difficult to get in on him defensively for takedowns. And as a result, Hill was able to fend off 130-pound opponents en route to a 33-2 record. Hill won his second straight county title, his first region title after being third last season and was fifth at states after failing to place a season earlier. Hill lost his first match of the season, 6-2, in the state semifinals to eventual champ Jacob Kirwan of Kent County.

Darian Kess, Curley: Kess won his second straight MIAA and private schools state tournament titles and finished as National Preps Tournament runner-up for the second consecutive season. Kess also won the Hammond Invitational tournament -- ranked among the nation's top 30 high school events -- and was runner-up at the Beast of the East tournament, ranked No. 1 among high school tournaments. Kess (44-3) holds the single-season record and career record for takedowns at Curley, and defeated seven nationally-ranked wrestlers this season.

Steve Lanciotti, Mount St. Joseph: Lanciotti won his second MIAA crown after being second last season, and won his first private schools state title after being second and third during each of the previous seasons. Lanciotti (42-6) dethroned McDonogh's Steve Chester at MIAAs, and finished fourth at the National Preps tournament. Among Lanciotti's victories was one over Kent County's state champ, Jacob Kirwan.

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