Calvert Hall gains 1st win over Curley in 11 years

Brendan's pin of Smith clinches 39-29 victory

Wrestling

High schools

January 08, 2003|By Sam Atkinson | Sam Atkinson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

For the first time in more than a decade, Calvert Hall left Archbishop Curley in disbelief.

When Smith Brendan pinned Chad Smith in the second-to-last match yesterday, the No. 13 Cardinals clinched their first wrestling victory over the No. 12 Friars in 11 years, 39-29.

"I am not sure the last time we have beaten Curley. It has been awhile," said Calvert Hall coach Keith Norris. " ... This is a nice accomplishment for the Calvert Hall wrestling program."

The road win over the defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association champion was monumental for a hot Calvert Hall team (10-1-1 overall, 2-1-1 conference) that has been feeling slighted.

"We haven't beaten them in a while and that was our focus," said Calvert Hall senior captain Rhett Myers. "We have been working so hard trying to get some respect. It was amazing how we pulled through today."

The Friars (0-2, 0-2) dropped their second straight conference match. The loss left a lot of questions for a program that finished ranked No. 1 last year, but now finds itself at the bottom of the MIAA standings.

"We knew if everybody wrestled 100 percent we should of beaten them. This is very disappointing," said Curley senior Mark Frey, a two-time All-Metro performer.

"I wanted to win so bad. I am hurt by this loss."

The result became official early in the Brendan-Smith match. At 1:35 of the first round, Brendan, a Loch Raven transfer, recorded a pin to give Calvert Hall a 39-23 lead.

"That was a huge match. He stepped up and got the job done," Norris said of Brendan. "Smith stayed focused and followed through with his game plan. He got the pin and that sealed the deal."

Calvert Hall won nine of the 14 matches and received additional pins from sophomore Collin Goldsmith (119) and Myers (215). Goldsmith's pin of Curley's Blake Phelps 3:24 in the second round clearly gave the momentum to the Cardinals, who took a 29-17 lead.

"We need to work harder. Some people's hearts weren't in it," Frey said.

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