Powell's victory helps Annapolis top McDonough

First-year wrestler moves to 171 in 37-24 team win

Wrestling

High School

January 25, 2002|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Greg Powell continues to make an impression with the Annapolis wrestling team.

Powell, a first-year wrestler with the ninth-ranked Panthers, earned a victory at 171 pounds to help Annapolis clinch a 37-24 win against visiting McDonough last night in Annapolis.

Powell, who moved up a weight class from 160, had a comfortable 15-5 advantage over Rams junior Ryan Patterson with 33 seconds left in the second period when Patterson injured his right knee and had to default.

The default gave the Panthers (7-2) an insurmountable 31-24 lead with one bout left, which McDonough (7-4) forfeited to 189-pound senior Paul Macknis.

"It feels good to be a factor on this team," said Powell, a transfer from Canada who improved to 8-3 against Patterson. ."

Senior Jack Dawson started Annapolis off with a 51-second pin at heavyweight. After McDonough collected 11 points off a forfeit at 103 and a major decision at 112, the Panthers claimed the next five weight classes.

Junior Brett Cherba drew an 8-6 decision at 119, and sophomore Ben Graham posted a 61-second pin at 125.

Sophomore Andrew Smith won, 4-3, at 130, and junior Blake Schlaich recorded a 7-1 decision at 135.

When senior Bill Vollono scored a 14-1 major decision at 140, Annapolis had built a 25-10 lead.

After sophomore Chas Coady drew a forfeit win at 145 to help the Rams close the gap to 25-16, senior Nathan Myers - ranked third in the state - barely slipped past Panthers senior Joe Mihoces, 3-2, at 152 pounds.

Myers was awarded a point on a questionable stalling call charged to Mihoces with about 30 seconds left in the match. Mihoces tried to offer Myers an escape so that Mihoces could register a takedown and tie the score at 4, but Myers never allowed Mihoces to separate and ran out the clock.

"The ref makes the final decision," said Mihoces, who disagreed with the stalling violation. "I wanted to control my own destiny, but I couldn't do that tonight."

With Annapolis leading 25-19, senior Tim Baker warded off numerous pin attempts from two-time state finalist Jason Kiessling, who had to settle for a technical fall with 16 seconds left in their 160-pound bout and the five team points.

Panthers coach Tom Sfakiyanudis said he was pleased to see his squad show few effects from a nine-day layoff.

"We took care of business," he said. "We knew McDonough had some studs. We wanted to get them with our depth."

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