Old Mill stays undefeated, sends Arundel to first loss

Defending 4A-3A champs eye another title, 38-17


January 13, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The road to a state duals title may go through Millersville, where the Old Mill wrestling team has put up a formidable roadblock.

The No. 4 Patriots used a four-bout sweep between 152 and 189 pounds to throttle visiting Arundel, 38-17, in Millersville last night.

Senior Adam Dayton hopes the victory is a foreshadowing of Old Mill's intention to win back-to-back Class 4A-3A state duals titles.

"We want to repeat last year," said the 189-pounder, referring to the Patriots' march to the crown.

Old Mill (6-0 overall, 4-0 county) took advantage of additional team points stemming from major decisions and pins. Of the eight weight classes won, the Patriots earned 32 of their 38 total points from four six-point pins and two four-point major decisions.

"I thought we did an outstanding job fighting for extra points down along the line," Old Mill coach Vern Hines said. "Even if there had been an upset, that's the difference in the match."

The Patriots received pins from 125-pound junior Shaun Miller, 152-pound junior Sandro Vitorino, 160-pound junior Chris Bonner and Dayton. Freshman 103-pounder Doug West and junior 119-pounder Josh Baynham provided the major decisions.

The marquee match involved Arundel junior Ryan Lowder and Old Mill senior Adam DeCosmo at 135 pounds. Leading by only four after the second period, DeCosmo extended his lead by sandwiching a reverse and a takedown around a Lowder escape to win, 11-4.

DeCosmo, a defending state champ, improved to 18-0 and has beaten Lowder in three consecutive meetings.

For the Wildcats (5-1 overall, 3-1 county), 140-pound senior Mike Money and senior heavyweight Rob Mitas registered major decisions, while 112-pound sophomore Mike Handleman, 130-pound senior Dave Bowser and 145-pound senior Taylor Connolly posted decisions.

But coach John Miller was less-than-pleased with his team's inability to ward off getting decked.

"If tough competition cuts your legs out from under you and puts you on your back, you're not that good," Miller said. "There's no disputing that Old Mill wanted to win this match more than Arundel."

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