Curley finishes strong, stops Mount St. Joseph

Friars win last 4 matches to down No. 7 Gaels, 37-18

High Schools

Wrestling

January 26, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Curley got a pin by Eric Oppel at 189 pounds,a major decision by heavyweight Tom Green and decisions by Rob Miller (160) and Justin Sipes (171) as part of a match-ending, four-bout sweep in last night's 37-18 dual-meet victory at No. 7 Mount St. Joseph.

No. 2 Curley also got pins by Brad Kahl (130) and Tom Boettcher (152), and a big victory early on by No. 2 Ben Sills (103), who scored a reversal with 1:10 left for a 2-0 victory over No. 5 Bruce Dulski (23-8). Sills' win avenged an earlier 5-1 loss.

The loss to Sills (20-3) and 7-5 overtime decisions to No. 1 Doug Ramsey of Atholton and No. 3 Andrew Schlaffer of Calvert Hall are Dulski's only losses in Maryland.

"Tonight, wins like mine and generally how people wrestled a lot better ... we didn't have that same animosity the other night," said Sills, a sophomore, referring to Friday's 27-24 loss at No. 1 McDonogh. "We came in here with revenge on our minds. We had a lot of incentive to work harder."

The Gaels (8-1) got a big win, however, from unranked Tim Bohlman (112), who scored an early takedown for a 2-0 lead, then broke a 2-all tie with an escape early in the third period of his 3-2 upset of Curley's No. 1 Mark Frey (17-2). Bohlman (22-9), who is 2-2 against Frey, is the only active Maryland wrestler to defeat him the past two seasons.

Curley (5-1) led 15-12 after seven bouts, with decisions by Kevin Artis (119) and Brian Kirhagis (135) over Devin Nash and Mike Lawrence, respectively. The Gaels got a pin from Aaron Herwig (125), a decision by No. 2 Ryan Herwig (140) over Mike Wood to move to 24-3, and a pin by No. 1 Sam Lewnes (152), who moved to 20-4.

"It hurt to lose like that to McDonogh, but we came back a changed team," Boettcher said. "It was a big hurt, so we had to pick it up and come back hard."

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