`Fired-up' McDonogh delivers 40-19 defeat to No. 5 Boys' Latin

Tippett's 4th straight win over Saval at 140 pounds highlights Eagles' victory

Wrestling

High Schools

January 11, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

McDonogh's Ricky Tippett maintained his domination of a rival last night.

The second-ranked 140-pounder had a two-point, second-period lead and allowed an escape with 24 seconds left in a 2-1 victory - his fourth straight over Boys' Latin's third-ranked defending private schools champion, Brian Saval (13-2) - to spark a 40-19 dual-meet win over the visiting, fifth-ranked Lakers in Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association action.

Tippett, who has decisioned Saval by a combined 13-5, thrust his fist skyward as the buzzer sounded, ending a win that was part of a four-match sweep that turned a 4-0 McDonogh deficit into a 17-4 lead.

"Saval's a great opponent, a great competitor and I just got caught up in the moment," said Tippett (21-3), who was awarded a penalty point when Saval grabbed his headgear. "He's not your average opponent."

Tippett's win was sandwiched between a decision by fourth-ranked freshman Bryn Holmes (135 pounds) and a pin by top-ranked senior Travis Holmes (145). That was followed by a 17-2 technical fall by Jesse Sataloff (152) over Marc DiPasquale that included 11 near-fall points.

"We were fired up," Sataloff said. "We came together as a team and wanted to show everyone that we could do this in a big win."

No. 3 McDonogh (6-1, 3-0) wrestled with intensity throughout: There was Dan Ratajski (125) overcoming a 4-0 deficit for a 12-10 overtime win over Lance Wilson, a major decision by Sam Snyder (171) for his first varsity win, sixth-ranked Rob Willey (119) scoring five takedowns in a 15-4 rout and sixth-ranked Joe Breen (103) leading 8-0 in an eventual default win.

"They won all of the close matches, and that dictated the momentum," said coach Drew Haugh, whose Lakers (5-3, 3-2) battled well in Wednesday's 36-21 loss to top-ranked league rival Mount St. Joseph.

The Lakers led 4-0 after an 11-1 decision by Justin Fitch (130) that included six near-fall points, and were within 21-19 after a 16-second pin by sixth-ranked heavyweight Paul Marchese (14-1).

Top-ranked Jerome Featherstone (160, 15-0 record) used a third-period escape and takedown to win, 6-3, over the Eagles' fourth-ranked Ben Nichols; fourth-ranked Elliott Freed (189, 13-2) blanked Trevor Williams, 5-0; and Colin Kahoe (215) needed two late takedowns in his 5-2 win over Von Tourgee.

"We just came out flat, no execution at all," Marchese said. "It's a disappointing loss because we had a shot at them."

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