Covahey turns upset into reality

Senior beats Krumholtz as Dulaney routs Kenwood

Wrestling

High Schools

January 09, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Dulaney 125-pounder Tyler Covahey dreamed of victory Monday night, and yesterday at 15th-ranked Kenwood, the unheralded senior made that dream a reality.

Covahey's 7-4 upset of Kenwood's fourth-ranked, state runner-up Kyle Krumholtz keyed a 48-24 rout for the unranked Lions (16-4), who simply had too much intensity for the homestanding Bluebirds (6-1) to handle in Baltimore County 3A-4A league action.

But nearly 30 minutes after the Dulaney-Kenwood match, the Bluebirds' Chris Pakacki (130) and Sparrows Point's Mike Weber each lay prone on the mat following a clash of heads 27 seconds into their match. The collision sounded like hands clapping, opening a gash on the top of the head of Pakacki, who lost by injury default and later was taken by his mother to receive stitches.

"I took a shot, and everything went black. I was out," said Weber, who had an ice pack on his head as he sat recovering on the bench of Sparrows Point (5-3).

Trailing 36-12 with four bouts left, the Bluebirds would have needed to pin out to salvage a tie. But after Kenwood's fifth-ranked Richard Wemple (160) ran his record to 13-1 with a pin, Matt Mindel (171) pinned in 3:11 to give Dulaney an insurmountable 42-18 lead.

The Lions received pins by third-ranked Andrew Schlaffer (130), Toby Matejovsky (140) and Steve Turner (145), a technical fall by fifth-ranked James Knox (112) and a major decision by Jordan Lair (152).

Matejovsky and heavyweight Konstantinos Kosmakos are 20-0; Schlaffer, who earlier defeated Weber, 5-2, is 19-1; and Knox is 20-2. But the biggest victory was by Covahey, whose record is 9-10.

"I knew I'd probably end up wrestling him, thought about it last night," said Covahey, whose four-point headlock in the second period broke a 2-2 tie. "That made a big difference. I thought I could pin him, actually. After that, I knew I could beat him."

Also pinning for Kenwood were Nick Pelekakis (119), fifth-ranked Richard Wemple (160) and James Harwick (189). Pakacki is 15-3, with his only losses coming to state champs Matt Eveleth of Chesapeake, Weber of Sparrows Point and Matt Ennis of Wilde Lake. Wemple is 14-1.

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