Calvert Hall wins Loch Raven Duals

Myers, Goldsmith combine for 11 pins for Cardinals

Dulaney places second

Wrestling

January 05, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Calvert Hall's Rhett Myers (215 pounds) won seven bouts, including five by pin, to raise his record to 23-3 and lead the Cardinals to the overall title yesterday in the eight-team wrestling field of the second annual Loch Raven Duals.

The unranked Cardinals (11-1-1) edged No. 15 runner-up Dulaney among their seven dual-meet wins, tuning up for a week that includes Tuesday's match at 13th-ranked Curley and Thursday's tri-meet with Annapolis at 11th-ranked Perry Hall.

"We didn't have a really good season last year, so this year it's all about gaining respect," said Myers, who was second in pins for the weekend to teammate Colin Goldsmith (119), a second-year wrestler who had six. "We're a hard-working team."

Calvert Hall needed that hard work, along with a little luck, to beat third-place Kenwood, 34-33, on Friday night. Kenwood lacked second-ranked state runner-up Kyle Krumholtz (119), who missed weight Friday night but won all five bouts yesterday to move to 13-0. Kenwood's Eric Robinson (103), Mason Krumholtz (130) and Nick Pelekakis (125) won all seven bouts to improve to 15-0, 14-1 and 12-3, respectively.

Dulaney's James Knox, going at 103 and 112, Andrew Schlaffer, at 135 and 140, and Jordan Lair (160) all went 7-0 for the weekend. Schlaffer had four pins and a technical fall to improve to 15-0. Knox and Lair are each 14-1.

Competing at 112, Knox won an 8-2 decision over Hereford's sixth-ranked D.J. Scarponi, then dropped to 103 for decisions of 8-1 and 6-3, respectively, over Pikesville's fourth-ranked Alex Prezenchuk and Calvert Hall's Tommy Montanye. Montanye (23-5), who trailed 5-0 before being pinned by Kenwood's Robinson, rebounded with a 6-3 win over Prezenchuk.

But a highly anticipated bout between Knox, ranked third, and Robinson did not happen. Dulaney coach Desi McNelis, going for the dual-meet win, moved Knox up to 112, where he pinned Kenwood's Daniel Kelly. Robinson decked Dulaney's Scott Carroll in a match won, 42-33, by Dulaney.

"Coach wanted a sure win to make sure we'd beat them," said Knox, a county runner-up. "I wrestled [Robinson] in junior leagues -- he won a couple, I won a couple. It's about even. But we've got them next week."

Dulaney plays host to Kenwood on Tuesday.

"Our matches are always close, so my adrenaline was up," said Robinson, who pinned four of seven opponents and scored five points in the third period of his come-from-behind 5-2 win over Prezenchuk.

Patapsco's Eric Hood (189), ranked third, pinned five of seven opponents to raise his record to 17-1 with 13 pins. Hood won a rubber match, 11-1, over Towson's second-ranked Scott Steele (15-2), against whom he is 2-1. For Hereford, third-ranked state runner-up Dan Fouts (14-0), going at 145 and 152, pinned six of seven opponents, including Dulaney's previously unbeaten Steve Turner.

Pikesville 6-foot-4, 240-pound heavyweight Phil Thomas, a junior second-year wrestler who can dunk a basketball, pinned six of seven opponents to raise his record to 13-3. Thomas, who has avenged two of his losses, won just three bouts during all of last season.

River Hill 48, Damascus 15: The visiting Hawks lost only four bouts and got five pins, including first-period falls from Vince Cina and Steven Humphrey at 103 and 275 pounds, respectively, in a rout of the Montgomery County power.

Ryan Lauer (119), Nick Shevland (140) and Tom Perkins (160) also pinned for the fifth-ranked Hawks (9-1), who got decisions from Bryan Hartman (112), Kevin Cannon (135), Justin Hughes (152) and Mike Lignelli (189) and a forfeit to Jesse Fawcett (215).

The loss was the first for the Hornets (3-1), winners of three state tournament titles and two state duals crowns. It also was the third lopsided win in as many days for the Hawks, who bounced Lackey and Wilde Lake by a combined score of 125-27 in a tri-meet Thursday.

Cina and Nick Shevland improved to 13-0 and 14-0, respectively; Lignelli and Fawcett are each 9-0, and Perkins is 13-3.

For Damascus, Greg Cohen (171) raised his record to 13-0 (12 pins) with a 10-1 win over Austin Sneeringer; Sean Cotton (125) is 12-2 after a 15-0 technical fall that included 11 near-fall points; and Jimmy Creegan (145) is 12-2 after his 6-0 decision over River Hill's Ryan Shevland (9-3).

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