Gold rules Hammond Invitational

Lewnes brothers also win as Mount St. Joseph captures team crown


January 19, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

For two years at South Carroll, Andrew Gold was an undersized 103-pounder who struggled not only against the weight of his mostly larger rivals but also against opponents who matched his technical skills.

Last night in the eighth annual Hammond Invitational, the transfer to Mount St. Joseph showed he's worthy of his No. 1 state ranking as he scored a 17-0 technical fall, pins in the first and second period - the latter over fourth-ranked Joe Breen of McDonogh - and a 10-2 major decision over Jeremy Shaw of St. Mark's in the title bout.

Gold (26-3) was joined on the victory podium by the Lewnes brothers as the Gaels edged St. Mark's of Delaware for the overall title, 202.5-194.5. The Gaels got a runner-up finish from Brian Propst (145), a third-place finish from Bruce Dulski (112), and fourth-place efforts from Tim Bohlman (125) and David Dulski (130).

In a battle of top-ranked 160-pounders, Mount St. Joseph's Sam Lewnes broke a 1-1 tie with an outside trip for a takedown in his 3-1 victory over Boys' Latin's Jerome Featherstone. Featherstone, who beat Mack Lewnes, 10-3, earlier this season, was a runner-up at National Preps last year. Sam won National Preps in a different weight class.

"I knew he was good on his feet, so if he was going to beat me, that's where he was going to do it," Sam Lewnes said. "I concentrated on stopping his double-leg takedown. This feels pretty good."

Said Gold, who was third at last year's 4A-3A state tournament: "I think this season is a success so far. This is the toughest tournament in the state, and I wrestled consistently. I've had great workout partners who really go at it. The Mount St. Joseph room is a great room."

Mack Lewnes (152 pounds, 24-6) pinned one opponent, scored an 11-3 victory in his semifinal, then edged Kyle Skinner of St. Mark's, a third-place finisher in Delaware, 2-1, for his title.

Propst scored a semifinal 2-1 upset of McDonogh's top-ranked state champ, Travis Holmes, but dropped a 1-0 title-bout loss to Steve Smith (18-1) of Severna Park. It was the fourth time Smith has beaten Propst, whom he edged in overtime earlier this year.

For McDonogh, the only champion was junior Ricky Tippett (140), with both Joe Breen (103) and Rob Willey (119) fourth for the Eagles.

Severna Park resident Bode Ogunwole of Georgetown Prep (27-0) edged Old Mill's top-ranked William Bell, 2-1, in the heavyweight final, winning his 75th straight bout. Bell dropped to 14-2.

Tippett (26-3), ranked No. 2, scored a 3-2 title-bout victory over third-ranked state champ Brian Saval (20-3) of Boys' Latin. It was the fifth time Tippett has beaten Saval, and the second time this season. Saval reached the finals with an overtime pin of previously unbeaten Read Ravin of Sidwell Friends.

Bryn Holmes (135) of McDonogh had been sensational in reaching the finals, pinning his 18th opponent of the year before beating second-ranked Nick Ramsel (24-2) in overtime, 2-0, in the semifinals.

But after being ruled to have bitten his title-bout opponent - Brian Collins of St. Mark's - he was disqualified and all of his tournament points were expunged. Holmes did not receive his runner-up award, in accordance with state rules, said rules interpreter and head referee Bob Newton.

McDonogh's Travis Holmes (145) had an 8-3 lead with 10 seconds left in his consolation semifinal bout with Logan Kelly of St. Mark's when he suffered an apparent dislocated elbow, according to McDonogh trainer Marty Sataloff. Holmes' parents drove him to nearby Howard County General, where he was X-rayed. He returned prior to the finals wearing a soft cast on his right arm, saying doctors expect him to miss six weeks.

Finishing second were Perry Hall's top-ranked Jim Van Daniker (112) and Chesapeake-Anne Arundel's top-ranked Corey Bowers (119), each losing for the first time in their title bouts. Van Daniker (24-1) was blanked, 7-0, by National Preps champ Mike Rowe (36-2) of DeMatha.

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