Bohlman, Mount St. Joseph gain crowning glory at states

Gaels' record points net second title in four years

Wrestling

February 16, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Mount St. Joseph's top-ranked Tim Bohlman ended four seasons of frustration in last night's private schools state tournament at McDonogh. The senior won his first Maryland title by scoring five points in the final 31 seconds to dethrone DeMatha's Cam Watkins, 8-3.

"I've been working so hard for this - for four years," said Bohlman (33-6), who twice had placed fourth at states. "I finally did it."

Bohlman (125 pounds) was joined on the victory podium by teammates Andrew Gold (103), Brian Propst (145) and Mack Lewnes (152) as the Gaels scored a record 283 points and captured their third state title - second in four years.

The Gaels placed seven others in the top four of their weight classes: second-ranked Bruce Dulski (112) and fourth-ranked David Dulski (130), his twin, were second, as was top-ranked Sam Lewnes (160); Jason Lanciotti (189), who had four pins, and Dan Cannaday (140) placed third; and, sixth-ranked Louis Ruonavar (119) and Bobby Kinsella (135) finished fourth.

The Gaels broke the previous record of 272.5 points established in 1999 by DeMatha, which was runner-up yesterday with 237 points.

Bohlman's milestone win gave the Gaels 274 points.

He broke a 3-3 tie against Watkins with a third-period reversal for a two-point lead. Bohlman then scored buzzer-beating three near-fall points, avenging an earlier double-overtime loss to Watkins.

"Time was running out, and I tried as hard as possible to get up. Once I reversed him, he tried to step over. But I hipped into him, threw in a half-nelson, he went to his back," said Bohlman, who ran off the mat and jumped into his father Gary's arms after the bout.

"I've been working every day for this rematch," Bohlman said. "I had more intensity this time."

Sixth-ranked Probst (24-4) scored an equally dramatic 6-1 overtime win over Jay Gorman (38-5) of Bullis from Montgomery County. He slung Gorman to his back with seven seconds on the clock to break a 1-1 tie.

"He was strong. He muscled me a lot," said Probst, who was third and sixth at previous state meets. "He charged in and that's why I got that throw at the end."

Top-ranked Gold (38-3) scored a 5-0 victory over McDonogh's fifth-ranked Joe Breen (30-8). A junior who had a 10-second pin among his four wins, Gold beat Breen for the fifth time this year. Freshman Mack Lewnes (33-6) pinned his ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th straight opponents, the last being Loyola's Sean Tilley at 3:10 of their title bout.

Jerome Featherstone (160) of Boys' Latin escaped with 23 seconds left in the second overtime of his 2-1 victory over top-ranked Sam Lewnes (37-3). An overtime loser in last year's final, Featherstone lost twice by a combined three points to Lewnes this year.

"I knew that I had something to prove to myself," said Featherstone (35-3). "I'm just so happy that I won, especially after last year. It came down to that again, and I had a game plan this time."

Runners-up for Boys' Latin, which finished third: second-ranked Brian Saval (140), fourth-ranked Elliott Freed (189), Colin Kahoe (215) and fifth-ranked Paul Marchese (heavyweight).

McDonogh's top-ranked Ricky Tippett (140) raised his record to 36-3 by dethroning Saval, 2-1. It was Tippett's fourth one-point win of the year over Saval (32-5), against whom he is 7-0.

McDonogh got second-place efforts from Rob Willey (119) and Brent Holmes (135).

Curley's top-ranked Mark Frey (130) won his third straight state title by blanking Dave Dulski, 5-0, and earned the event's senior award for most career points. In winning his third league crown last weekend, Frey said he wanted to "show without a doubt that I'm the best wrestler in my weight class."

He did so again last night, reaching the title bout with a technical fall, a pin in 54 seconds and a major decision.

Pallotti's Tim Jennings (171) avenged two losses to win his title. Jennings (24-7) edged Grace Brethren's John Bressler, 1-0, in the semifinals. That marked the first in-state loss of the year for Bressler, the state's second-ranked 171-pounder. Jennings escaped in overtime of his title bout to beat Loyola's third-ranked Eric Keller (30-7) by 8-7 after trailing 6-0.

DeMatha, coached by Elkridge resident Dick Messier, crowned Mike Rowe (112), Bryan Sanders (119), Rudy Rueda (135), Gary Stewart (189) and Ken Jefferson (215). Georgetown Prep's Bode Ogunwole (heavyweight), a Severna Park resident, ran his record to 41-0 (166-20 career) with his 90th straight win.

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