McDonogh holds weight as No. 1, 27-24

Eagles take down 2nd-ranked Curley

January 20, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Ricky Tippett typifies this year's group of McDonogh wrestlers: young, cocky, confident and very good.

The 140-pound freshman was one of several McDonogh wrestlers who bumped up and scored wins -- the others being sophomore Travis Holmes (152), senior Matt Eder (171) and junior Geoff Miller (189) -- to spark the No. 1 Eagles' 27-24 victory yesterday over visiting second-ranked Archbishop Curley.

Senior Gabe Sataloff also won big in the 125-pound final, scoring a takedown with 15 seconds left in his 3-1 win over state runner-up Jim Barbour, who had beaten Sataloff three times last year. The dual meet win goes a long way toward helping the Eagles defend their Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference dual meet league title.

"I thought Curley [2-1 overall, league] knew what was coming, but they knew they couldn't stop us," said Tippett, a former two-time junior-league state champion. "With us working so hard in practice, it's hard to compete with us."

McDonogh (5-0, 3-0) trailed 13-0 after losses in the first three bouts before Sataloff sparked a three-bout sweep for the Eagles. It included a 1-0 win by National Preps runner-up Zak Johns (130) over Brad Kahl on an escape with 1:07 left and a 6-0 decision by state champ Ryan Davis (135) over state runner-up Brian Kirhagis.

"It was an upset win that really helped us get the momentum going. I think it changed the tide of the whole match," said Sataloff, who wrestled at 112 pounds last season. "I'm wrestling better guys in a tougher weight class, and that's definitely helped me out."

Tied 2-all, Tippett, a freshman who also goes at 135, scored a reversal and two near-fall points for a 6-2 win over Mike Wood, who was coming off an upset of Kevin King, Calvert Hall's state runner-up. The score was tied 18-18 after Curley's Tom Boettcher (145) scored a technical fall and Tim Curran had to default with a re-aggravated shoulder injury.

Down 24-18 after a first-period pin by Curley's Rob Miller (160), Eder ground out a 7-2 victory over Justin Sipes to set up Miller, who has weighed as low as 163 this season. Miller tied the overall match score at 24-all with a 7-3 win over Curley's Eric Oppel. Kellen Williams (heavyweight) then scored four takedowns in a 9-3 decision over Tom Green.

"We thought Barbour would win, and Timmy Curran's match, we thought would be closer and ended up being a default. That was a big hurt," Boettcher said. "We expected some movement in the lineup, but not some of the ones at the end. We lost some matches we expected to win."

McDonogh began the night by scoring a minor victory at 103, in which Curley was expecting either a technical fall or a pin, worth five and six points, respectively. Instead, the Friars had to settle for a 15-2 major decision by No. 2 Ben Sills over Dane Ratajski.

Curley's No. 1 Mark Frey (112) came through, building a 10-2 lead over Joe Cristaldi before decking him in 3:35, setting up a big 119-pound match, where third-ranked Kevin Artis beat Chet Naylor, 6-2. It was Artis' second win in as many seasons over Naylor, who had earlier beaten No. 2 Henry Blue, 10-2.

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