Arundel pulls away to post romp over Westlake, 40-10

Money improves record to 9-1 with win over Peters at 140 pounds


High Schools

January 03, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Mike Money has been practically automatic for the Arundel wrestling team.

The 140-pound senior didn't disappoint last night as his 11-4 decision against Jon Peters of Westlake sparked the host Wildcats to a convincing 40-10 victory over the Wolverines of Charles County in Gambrills.

Money, who upped his record to 9-1, added Peters, a state runner-up at 130 pounds last season, to his list of conquests, which includes defending state champ Bryan Hamper of South Carroll.

"I don't really care who I face," Money said. "I like to wrestle the top guys to show them that I can beat them."

Before Money's match with Peters, Arundel and Westlake had exchanged wins in the first six weight classes. Sophomore 103-pounder George Kotsis's pin of freshman Maurice Jones at the 4:51 mark, senior 119-pounder Brian MacDonald's 6-4 decision against junior Sid Hemby and senior 130-pounder Dave Bowser's 8-4 win over senior Derrick Morris helped lift the Wildcats to a 12-10 lead.

Money scored the first three points, earning an escape and a takedown against Peters in the second period. The Wolverines senior scored points with four escapes in the third frame, but Money countered every escape with a takedown to cap his 11-4 win.

Westlake (1-3) never won another match during the remainder of the dual meet. Arundel junior Ryan Lowder (145) registered a 15-0 technical fall at the 4:28 mark against sophomore Dustin Pion, senior Taylor Connelly (152) posted a 12-2 major decision over senior Kevin Keyser and senior Johnny Signes (160) followed his teammate with a 12-2 major decision against senior Earl Sorby.

Senior Jordan Norsworthy's 5-3 squeaker over junior Matt Fealan at 171 pounds, junior John Cherry's 13-4 major decision against junior Jason Skelton at 189 and senior Rob Mitas's pin of freshman Trey Tomsing in 26 seconds at heavyweight completed the sweep.

Lowder, who improved to 7-3, said Money's pivotal win boosted the team's morale.

"It pumped me up, watching him from the bench," Lowder said. "I had the adrenaline rushing through me."

While pleased to see his squad remain undefeated at 4-0, Arundel coach John Miller said his team was not as sharp as it could be.

"I continue to see fundamental errors," Miller said. "A win is a win, but we were close to being beaten. A move here, a turn there, and we could've been the losers."

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