Tillman out front as McDonogh sweeps aside Calvert Hall, 52-19


High Schools

December 17, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Brandon Tillman never thought of himself as a leader, particularly of one of the area's premier wrestling programs.

"I came in as an inexperienced freshman weighing 95 pounds; never wrestled except in middle school," said Tillman, 17. "Most guys here have wrestled for six years or so, so I never thought I'd be that much."

But as a senior, Tillman was chosen a McDonogh team captain.

"He's worked hard over the summer, improved so much over his four years," said coach Pete Welch. "We're really proud of how he's matured."

Tillman's poise was on display last night in the No. 2 Eagles' 52-19 rout of 10th-ranked Calvert Hall at McDonogh, as his third-period reversal of Colin Goldsmith broke a tie in his 4-2 win.

Tillman (130 pounds) ignited a five-bout sweep for an insurmountable 37-point lead with five bouts left in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference dual-meet opener for both teams.

Wrestling up two weight classes, Tillman (5-1) was among six McDonogh wrestlers who bumped up at least one weight category in a match that became a mismatch. The Eagles (1-0) won eight of the first nine bouts and 10 of 14 for the night, getting seven pins and scoring the first takedown in all but one victory.

Tillman followed early pins by teammates Rick Lyon-Vaiden (103), Josh Hess (112) and Joe Breen (119), a freshmen and two sophomores, respectively, that put the Eagles up 18-0.

Calvert Hall (0-1) was within 18-6 after a second-period fall by MIAA runner-up Nick Barone (125, 4-0), but Tillman's decision began a five-bout winning spree that put McDonogh ahead, 43-6.

The sweep consisted of a major decision by Cam Watkins (135) and subsequent falls by Luke Rebertus (140), Ricky Tippett (145) and Bryn Holmes.

Tippett, a senior defending state champion; Watkins, a junior; Breen, a sophomore, and Rebertus, a freshman, all moved to 5-0. Holmes, another sophomore, is 4-0. McDonogh's Luis Gimenez (215) scored a pin and Thomas Grubb (189) a decision.

Calvert Hall's only other winners were Aaron Janowski (heavyweight) by pin, No. 2-ranked Jay Bell (160, 5-0) by major decision and Justin Snyder (171) by decision.

"Rick and Josh stepped up and got the momentum going," said Breen, who, like Holmes and Watkins, was a state runner-up last season. "It's a real good start and a solid early showing for us in terms of our skills."

NOTE: Owings Mills coach Guy Pritzker earned career win Nos. 300 and 301 with victories over John Carroll and Friends, respectively, last Friday. Pritzker is 301-44 in 22 seasons.

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