Atholton rolls over Mt. Hebron

Raiders hand Vikings first loss with 42-18 rout


High Schools

January 17, 2001|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

As Atholton coach Bruce Lindblad knows quite well, some wrestling matches are won with superior strategy, others won by lineup shifts, and some are even won with luck.

Of course, some matches, like Atholton's 42-18 whipping of Mount Hebron yesterday, are simply won on talent and strength.

"I knew [Mount Hebron] would move some people around, because they've got the bodies they can do it with," Lindblad said. "Me, I just had to go with what we've got."

A number of other coaches may wish they were that fortunate. Because of injuries that were already forcing him to forfeit two weight classes, Lindblad simply set his lineup the night before and stuck with it, figuring he liked the matchups regardless of what the Vikings threw at his Raiders. Coming into the match, Mount Hebron sported a 4-0 in Howard County and 8-0 overall, but it didn't leave that way. Aside from the two forfeits at 119 and 161, the Raiders lost only one match.

"To only really give them one match, that's pretty good," Lindblad said. "I've got to be happy with that."

Still, to Mount Hebron's credit, it was in a lot of matches, just not enough of them to threaten the Raiders. Atholton's Doug Ramsey (103), Wes Lipple (112), Bryan Radik (130) and Nick Colabucci (135) dominated the lower weights, while Robbie Allen (125) and Jonathan Assaraf (140) grabbed narrow victories over Zach Wendell and Stephen Garrow.

The lopsided score, however, did not take away from the best match of the day, which pitted Atholton's Mark Carbone, 13-4 and ranked No. 2 in the state at 171, against Mount Hebron's Mike Mengel, 17-0 and ranked No. 2 in the state at 151. Despite giving up at least 10 pounds, coach Michael Duffy allowed Mengel to bump up two weight classes to wrestle Carbone, and it nearly paid off. Mengel held his own the entire match before narrowly falling 6-4 in overtime.

"I was surprised [Mengel] moved up," Carbone said. "I admit, I underestimated him. I thought he'd be giving up too much weight and I'd be able to manhandle him. I give him all the credit in the world."

Mount Hebron's Scott Bissett pinned Chris Pibal at 152 for the Vikings' best win of the day, but a major decision by Atholton's Doug Woods (189) and a pin by Robert Olson (heavyweight) sewed up the victory.

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