Old Mill holds off Annapolis, wins, 31-22

Powell's pin in 189 bout is decisive as Patriots win 56th dual in row


High Schools

January 05, 2002|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The Annapolis wrestling team was this close to pulling off the unthinkable.

But the eighth-ranked Panthers ran out of steam as junior William Bell's major decision in the heavyweight division helped No. 9 Old Mill pull away to a 31-22 victory in Millersville last night.

Trailing by 11 points with two bouts left, Annapolis received a timely six points when senior Greg Powell pinned senior Keelyn Roberts at 1:16 in the 189-pound bout.

Knowing that a technical fall and its five points would not help the Panthers, because Old Mill already had won seven of the 12 weight classes, Annapolis senior Jack Dawson - who normally wrestles at 189 - tried valiantly to turn Bell for a pin. But Bell's 70-pound weight advantage and considerable strength proved to be the difference in his 17-9 victory.

"He was moving pretty fast, but I thought I was a lot stronger," Bell said. "He came in pretty tough. I guess I was just tougher."

Bell's victory helped extend the Patriots' regular-season dual-meet winning streak to 56 - a message that reinforced Old Mill's mission of winning a fourth straight Anne Arundel County dual-meet championship.

"Even though we lost a lot of seniors from last year, we knew that we had a good, strong team," said 171-pound senior Chris Bonner. "We knew what it took to get the victory."

The Patriots, 5-0 overall and 3-0 in Anne Arundel County, enjoyed a solid start last night.

After senior Stu Cohen was awarded a forfeit win at 103 pounds, sophomore Doug West pinned Panthers freshman Matt Cherba at 3:31 of their 112-pound bout, and 119-pound junior Josh Baynham edged junior Matt Cherba, 6-4, to give Old Mill a 15-0 lead.

Sophomore Ben Graham's 14-3 major decision against sophomore Marcus Horner at 125, and sophomore Andrew Smith's 4-2 victory over senior Shaun Miller at 130 helped Annapolis (4-1, 3-1) get back to 15-7.

But sophomore Derek Miller lodged a 9-3 decision against freshman Jeff Dawson at 135 pounds, and senior Kevin Moore squeaked past junior Blake Schlaich, 4-1, at 140 to inflate the Patriots' lead back to double digits at 21-7.

After Panthers senior Bill Vollono decked senior Dave Cha at the 3:38 mark of their 145-pound bout, Old Mill senior Dominick Grossi bested senior Joe Mihoces, 4-2, at 152 in one of the evening's featured matchups.

Senior Tim Baker outpointed senior Justin Smith, 10-7, at 160 to draw Annapolis closer at 24-16, but Bonner fended off senior Paul Macknis, 7-5, to set the stage for Bell's match-clinching victory.

Patriots coach Jim Grim was a little chagrined afterward that his team didn't perform up to the program's standards.

"I don't think we wrestled our best," he said. "Ultimately, we got the win, and that's what I'm most pleased with."

Panthers coach Tom Sfakiyanudis was even more disheartened by his squad's lack of effort.

"We didn't show up," he said. "They fought off their backs a little harder; they went for the pins a little harder. Our guys didn't bring it."

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