Mount St. Joe advances seven, takes team lead at Hammond

McDonogh 3rd after 1st day of invitational

Sessa beats LaPlanch for major upset


High Schools

January 18, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Top-ranked Mount St. Joseph advanced seven wrestlers into today's semifinals - getting five pins along the way - to build a 104 1/2 -89 lead over second-place St. Mark's of Delaware entering the second day of the eighth annual Hammond Invitational.

Andrew Gold (103 pounds), Bruce Dulski (112), Tim Bohlman (125), Dan Cannaday (140), Brian Propst (145), Mack Lewnes (152) and Sam Lewnes (160) all moved forward for the Gaels in the 20-team tournament.

"I think everyone's wrestled great," said Sam Lewnes, who is going for his second straight crown in the event. "We have about five seniors on the team, so a lot of our starters are pretty young. But none of them have cracked under pressure."

For No. 3 McDonogh, currently in third place, Joe Breen (103), Rob Willey (119), Bryn Holmes (135), Ricky Tippett (140) and Travis Holmes (145) are in today's semifinals, as are third-ranked state champion Brian Saval (140), top-ranked Jerome Featherstone (160), fourth-ranked Elliott Freed (189), Colin Kahoe (215) and sixth-ranked Paul Marchese (heavyweight) of fifth-ranked Boys' Latin (fifth).

Chesapeake of Anne Arundel (seventh) moved Corey Bowers (119), Steve Yaruta (125), Seppi Serio (152) and Jake Couch (171) into the semifinals.

Old Mill's third-ranked Josh Baynham (130) and top-ranked William Bell (heavyweight) are in the semifinals, with Baynham facing Nitro's three-time West Virginia state champion Matt Easter. On the other side of the 130-pound bracket, Curley's top-ranked state champ, Mark Frey, will take on Mike Davis of Herndon.

Severna Park's Steve Smith (145) advanced with a 6-1 victory over Perry Hall's Steve Zaicko, and teammate Brian Payer (heavyweight) edged Delaware state champ Larry Cylc, 4-2. Harford Tech's Joe Knight (189) also moved forward.

The upset of the night came at 189 pounds. Unranked Hammond sophomore Steve Sessa (13-2) scored two low-single-leg and one high-crotch double-legs among his four takedowns in an 11-3 major decision over top-ranked Chad LaPlanch of Chesapeake-Anne Arundel. It was the first loss for LaPlanch.

"I didn't get much sleep last night because I was worried about him. I thought I had a good shot at him," said Sessa, who suffered an earlier 19-7 dual-meet loss to Sam Lewnes that included nine takedowns. "I learned a great deal from that match."

Severna Park resident Bode Ogunwole of Georgetown Prep (25-0) won for the 74th straight time since a 1-0 loss suffered by the senior during his sophomore year. Hammond's Austin Merson (215) also advanced.

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