Cannon's win lifts River Hill near top

School finishes second to Paint Branch

on back, McDonogh's Davis rallies


January 28, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

SALISBURY -- River Hill's Scott Cannon used what resembled a standing Peterson roll to break 3-all tie for a pin of St. Michale's previously unbeaten Victor Passwater, winning the heavyweight title at the sixth annual Del-Marva Classic last night.

River Hill (192.5 points) finished second to Paint Branch of Montgomery County (235.5) in the overall team scoring, but the teams were 3-3 in matches vs. each other.

"I knew he was undefeated, and I was probably the underdog by records. But my two losses ... one was to a state champ," said Cannon, who improved to 20-2 with his 20th fall. Passwater slipped to 14-1. "It's nice to take down an undefeated guy."

Also winning titles were Atholton wrestlers Adam Roth (145) and Mark Carbone (171).

Roth, a fourth-place state finisher at 145 last year, scored a 6-3 decision over Parkside's Shaun Bounds. Carbone avenged a loss of a year ago with his semifinal victory win over Paint Branch's Kenny O'Sullivan, and won the crown by forfeit after Mardela's David Cook sustained an injury.

River Hill's Danny Allen (112), Ryan Green (130) and Michael Dauberman (135) were second, Kevin Cannon (119) and Jesse Fawcett (189), were third, and Vince Cina (103) and Matt Shevland (140) fourth. For Atholton, Robbie Allen (125) was second, and Doug Ramsey (103) third.

Atholton's Bryan Radik, The Sun's No. 1-ranked wrestler at 130 pounds, elected to forfeit his remaining matches because of a severely swollen left eye. His injury prevented a rematch with River Hill's Green, whom Radik edged, 7-5, earlier this year.

Winning for Paint Branch were Antonio Williams (112), Adam James (152), Chris Miller (160) and Matt Stewart (189), with Fred Monday (119) and Chris Booker (140) finishing second. James won for the second straight year, blanking Parkside's state champ, Nathan Kilchenstein, 3-0. James, who is 22-0, also defeated Kilchenstein (15-1 on the year) for last year's crown.

Calvert Hall Duals: McDonogh's Ryan Davis (140) survived being put on his back for only the second time in his career, shutting out Woodberry Forest's Ben Guerrina the rest of the way for a 7-3 victory at the Calvert Hall Duals.

"Getting put on my back, that got me started. Third period, I just attacked until I broke him," Davis said.

Davis, along with teammates Chet Naylor (119), Zak Johns (130), Matt Eder (152) and Geoff Miller (171), all went 3-0. Travis Holmes (145), of McDonogh, went 2-1, including a pin of Calvert Hall's Zach Mrynza.

McDonogh routed Calvert Hall and Virginia Preps Schools state champ Woodberry Forest by a combined 107-22, but lost to St. Mark's, last spring's Delaware state runner-up, 38-26. The St. Mark's match was tied at 26-all with two bouts left, but the visitors pinned out for the win.

Guerrina, coming off a 6-3 victory over St. Mark's state champ Jeff Ferrera, cradled Davis to his back for a 2-0 lead in the second period. Davis reversed him for a 2-2 tie heading into the third period. Early in the final period, Davis allowed a one-point escape to fall behind 3-2. He was twice countered on takedown attempts by Guerrina before scoring a duck-under takedown for a 4-3 lead with 49 seconds left. Desperate for a one-point escape, Guerrina sat out at a bad angle, and, with nine seconds left, was "pancaked" to his back for three near-fall points.

For Calvert Hall, Andrew Schlaffer (112) and Kevin King (140) both went 2-0, with King earning a 3-2 decision over McDonogh's Ricky Tippett. Schlaffer, who suffered through a rough season as an undersized 103-pound wrestler last season, now says he has trouble making that weight, where he is ranked No. 3 in The Sun. Schlaffer has gone 5-0 at 112 in his past five bouts.

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