Old Mill ducks Broadneck, 47-12

Pats take 10 of 13 bouts, move to 5-0 overrall

Wrestling

High Schools

January 11, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

If Broadneck's wrestling team was a little undermanned, it didn't get any sympathy from last night's opponent.

Fourth-ranked Old Mill captured 10 of 13 weight classes to overwhelm the visiting Bruins, 47-12, in Millersville.

The Patriots, the reigning Class 3A-4A state duals champions, improved to 3-0 in the county and 5-0 overall on the strength of four pins, two major decisions and a forfeit.

Just as significant to Old Mill coach Vern Hines was Broadneck's inability to register pins and major decisions of their own when the Bruins made a mini-comeback early in the match.

"Losing each individual match is just as important as how you win," Hines said. "That's what I like about dual meets - all 13 kids count."

Counting the number of points the Patriots accumulated last night came early and often. After Broadneck forfeited the 103-pound bout to freshman Doug West, the junior duo of 112-pound Stu Cohen and 119-pound Josh Baynham posted back-to-back pins of freshman Chad Walker and junior Reed Preece, respectively.

Seniors Jake Dove (125 pounds) and Steve Schall (130) stemmed the tide somewhat for the Bruins by scoring decisions against junior Shaun Miller and senior Brandon Evans, respectively. But Old Mill still clung to an 18-6 lead.

The Patriots put the meet out of reach by sweeping five consecutive weight classes. Seniors Adam DeCosmo (135) and Nick Liston (140) and juniors Dominick Grossi (145), Sandro Vitorino (152), and Chris Bonner (160) gave their team an insurmountable 38-6 advantage.

The upset of the night belonged to Vitorino, who nipped Broadneck senior and recent Arundel Invitational titlist Mike Harris, 4-2.

Vitorino, who had to cut weight to even have the opportunity to face Harris, said he was well aware of his opponent's victory at the tournament.

"I respect him as much as I can, but I put it in my mind that I'm better, that I can beat him," Vitorino said.

Senior Adam Dayton (189) and sophomore William Bell (heavyweight) closed out the meet with wins.

The Bruins, who earned a lone pin from 171-pound senior Jordan Rathlev, were forced to wrestle without four injured starters, but coach Bob Halcombe refused to accept that as a reason for the loss.

"It's hard when you have new faces in the lineup every match, but that's no excuse," Halcombe said. "We have to overcome it."

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