Johns keeps it in family with 2 wins

McDonogh close to lead entering semifinals today

Wrestling

High Schools

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

Zak Johns has executed many an escape on the wrestling mat, but has been unable to get out of the shadow of older brother Rob, a 1998 Calvert Hall graduate.

Johns attends McDonogh, where his 142 career victories are the most in the program's history. And the top-ranked 140-pounder won two bouts by fall in his quest for a second straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association crown yesterday at Mount St. Joseph.

But so large looms the image of his sibling, a three-time MIAA champ and now a 157-pound All-American at Western Maryland, that Zak, a senior, still is called "Little Rob" by his brother's friends.

"I'll never get any respect," joked Zak Johns, whose last name was spelled "Jones" in yesterday's event program. "But really, I don't mind it. It's a great legacy to be part of."

Johns (33-2) was among nine who advanced to today's semifinals for the No. 2 Eagles, who trailed top-ranked and defending champ Curley by 2.5 points (73.5-to-71). McDonogh was tied with No. 6 Boys' Latin after two championship rounds and 2 1/2 rounds of consolation wrestling last night.

Joining Johns in today's championship semifinals: Rob Willey (112), Joe Cristaldi (119), No. 1 Chet Naylor (125), Jesse Sataloff (130), No. 3 Ricky Tippett (135), No. 1 Travis Holmes (145), Ben Nichols (171) and No. 1 Geoff Miller (189).

Advancing for Curley: No. 3 Ben Sills (103), No. 1 Mark Frey (119), Mike Wood (130), Steve Miller (135), Paul Adams (140), No. 2 Tom Boettcher (152), No. 4 Rob Miller (160), Tim Curran (171), Eric Oppel (189) and Tom Green (heavyweight).

Still in the championship semifinals for Boys' Latin: Michael Corso (112), No. 2 Henry Blue (119), Alex Emmer (125), Brian Saval (135), No. 1 Jerome Featherstone (152), No. 2 Justin Buddemeyer (171) and Paul Marchese (heavyweight).

For No. 10 Mount St. Joseph, No. 2 Bruce Dulski (103), Louis Ruonavar (112), Tim Bohlman (125), No. 2 Aaron Herwig (130), Brian Propst (140) and No. 1 Sam Lewnes (160) advanced.

Mike Dowling (heavyweight) of Gilman enters today's semifinals at 22-0.

Curley suffered two blows. First, fourth-ranked Brad Kahl (135) was ruled academically ineligible for the season before the tournament. Then, defending champ Jim Barbour (125) suffering a concussion against Gibbons' Daniel Jackson (26-3) and defaulted.

Athletic trainers advised that Barbour, who has had four concussions within the past year, be taken to St. Agnes Hospital for evaluation. He will not compete today and likely is out for the year.

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