St. Joe rolls to dual crown, 44-20

14-0 Gaels open fast, post 4 pins against McDonogh


High Schools

February 01, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

The only thing Louis Ruonavar thought about all week was beating McDonogh's Robbie Willey.

"That's all I've talked about. That's all I've had in mind," said the 119-pound Mount St. Joseph sophomore whose 5-2, final-bout win yesterday completed the top-ranked Gaels' 44-20 rout of third-ranked McDonogh.

The win in Irvington gave Mount St. Joseph its first Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference dual-meet title since a 14-0 season in 1997-98.

"We already go hard in practice, but we kicked it up a few notches for this match," said Ruonavar, who was 1-2 against Willey last season but has 21 wins and remained unbeaten in Maryland this winter despite seven losses out of state.

Of the nine wins by the Gaels (14-0, 6-0), who lost just four of the contested bouts, four were by pins, including one in 37 seconds by second-ranked Bruce Dulski (112). The Gaels won two other bouts on major decisions, including top-ranked Andrew Gold's 15-5 win over fifth-ranked Joe Breen, whom he defeated for the third time at 103 pounds. McDonogh (7-2, 5-1) forfeited to sixth-ranked Brian Propst (145).

"We thought it would be a lot closer, but everybody was all geared up," said Dulski. "To beat the third-ranked team in the [area] by 24 points - that's a pretty good spread."

Gaels 215-pounder Jason Lanciotti, after beating Trevor Williams, 6-5, on a takedown with 16 seconds left, said: "This was the match we wanted all year, and we trained hard for it.

The Gaels won four of the first six bouts for a 22-7 lead that included pins by top-ranked Tim Bohlman (125) and second-ranked Mack Lewnes (152) at 1 minute, 12 seconds and 28 seconds, respectively.

They led 10-0 after a major decision by third-ranked Dave Dulski (130) before McDonogh got a decision by third-ranked Bryn Holmes (135) and a major decision by top-ranked Ricky Tippett (140). But the Eagles lacked state private school champion Travis Holmes (145), who is out for the year with a dislocated elbow, and trailed 16-7 after forfeiting his class.

The Eagles' Jesse Sataloff (160) scored a major decision, but the Gaels' top-ranked Sam Lewnes (171) pinned Sam Snyder in 1:41, raising his record to 30-2 and his team's lead to 28-11.

Testament to the Gaels' intensity were Bryn Holmes (24-5), trailing Bobby Kinsella, 2-0, early in the first period but winning, 4-2; sophomore K.C. Samuelson (9-9), refusing to be pinned by Sataloff, and unheralded Demetrious Demetriou losing to fourth-ranked Ben Nichols (189) by only 10-6.

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