Revel's return gives Boys' Latin jump-start

Wrestling

January 23, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

When Boys' Latin's Quin Revel walked up to the scorer's table yesterday, wearing a brace on his right knee, Harford Tech coach Gary Siler asked statisticians: "Who is that?"

Revel, a senior and a two-time Delaware state place-winner at Indian River two years ago, had missed most of the year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. But to the surprise of the sixth-ranked Cobras, Revel, nicknamed "the Mighty Quin" by some of his friends, returned as strong as ever.

Revel's 41-second pin over sixth-ranked Joe Knight at 171 pounds keyed a decisive six-bout sweep in a 41-30 victory by the fifth-ranked Lakers (6-2). Coach Drew Haugh, who credited trainer Chris Kury for Revel's improvement, said Revel gave the host Lakers the edge.

"I hurt my knee in the third match of our first tournament, and I've only been practicing for a few days since I got this brace on," said Quin. "After watching my team all year, it's great to finally ... contribute."

The Cobras (4-1) led 3-0 after an 8-4 victory by Josh Taylor over Alex Emmer (135). A sophomore competing with a slight knee injury of his own, Taylor trailed by as much as 4-1 in the first period, took a 5-4 lead on a third-period takedown and beat the buzzer with a double-grapevine pinning move.

But the Lakers swept the next six bouts for a 35-3 lead on pins by Revel, state champ Brian Saval (140), Marc DiPasquale (145), Josh Jacobs (152) and Elliott Freed (189) -- three of them in the first period -- along with a technical fall by No. 2-ranked Jerome Featherstone (160).

The Lakers got a 7-5 decision by Mike Piorunski (215), who avenged two earlier losses to Colin Kahoe. But a forfeit to the Lakers' Paul Marchese (heavyweight) put the match away mathematically, 41-6. The Cobras got a pin from second-ranked Mike Taylor (119), and decisions by Brad Dreyer and fifth-ranked Ben Sills (125). There were also forfeits to Mike Long (103) and Eric Haskell (112).

Lance Wilson, a sophomore, nearly pulled off the upset of the night, taking a 9-6 lead on three near-fall points before Sills reversed him and scored three near-fall points of his own for an 11-9 win. Dreyer won the night's other thrilling bout, 7-5, over the Lakers' Justin Fitch.

"That [Revel] was the biggest surprise of the night. With Knight placing fourth at the Hammond Tournament, we figured we'd get a win there," said Siler. "I would have never thought in a million years Knight would get pinned."

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