Old Mill pounds Annapolis, 52-13

Young squad leaps out by 30-0, has six pins

Wrestling

High Schools

January 16, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The early-season tag on the Old Mill Patriots was that they were young.

So what?

The No. 10 Patriots improved their dual meet record to 6-0 last night, doing so in Annapolis, where they built an insurmountable early lead and left with an easy 52-13 win.

With pins by Chuck Wilson (103 pounds), Justin Garrison (119), Doug West (125) and Josh Baynham (130) and a forfeit at 112, the Patriots had a 30-0 lead before the Panthers could even settle in.

The visitors would get what would turn out to be a clinching pin - one of six in the match - from Mike Maltigliati at 160 before heavyweight William Bell closed out the match with another.

Defending Class 4A-3A state champ Chesapeake remains the favorite in the county with Severna Park also right there, but the Patriots, a perennial power, are making a strong case of reloading instead of rebuilding.

"I don't see us above Severna Park yet - and I mean yet. We have a young team, but they're just getting better every day," said Old Mill coach Jim Grim. "We know what we're going to get from West, Baynham and Bell, but the rest of the guys are really starting to step up and wrestle well and starting to match those guys."

Grim and the Patriots got a pleasant early surprise when Wilson scored the second-period pin over Khalif Wilson. After the forfeit at 112 pushed the lead to 12-0, the Old Mill pins kept coming and coming.

"It's very important, because when you get rolling, it gets more people on your team hyped up, and on the other side, they're going, `Oh, man, I can't believe this is happening,' " said West, a junior who needed just 48 seconds to get past Annapolis' Mark Peay.

The Panthers' middle weights came through with Ben Graham ending the run at 135 by earning a calculated 5-0 decision over Jude Ayenalaye, Brett Cherba getting by Chris Volker with a 4-3 decision at 140 and Andrew Smith scoring an 11-2 major decision over Sam Nasser at 145 to cut the Old Mill lead to 30-10.

But Derrick Miller earned a decisive 10-4 major decision over Jeff Dawson at 152 and Maltigliati followed with a second-period pin over Ben Creekmore to wrap it up.

Grim said it was just part of the process for bigger and better things ahead at the county, region and state tournaments to come later.

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