Curley has too many Millers for Cal. Hall

Namesakes post 3 wins to help Friars upset 10th-ranked Cardinals

Wrestling

High Schools

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

Curley junior Danny Miller had a big night in two weight classes for the Friars' wrestling team in last night's 33-29 upset at 10th-ranked Calvert Hall.

The 112-pound version scored a second-period pin during a run in which the unranked Friars won six of the first seven bouts to build a 26-2 lead; and his 171-pound namesake clinched the victory in the evening's final bout, earning an 11-3 decision over Justin Snyder that broke a 29-29 tie.

"When you see that my little brother's named Dan, and then having a big Miller named Dan [unrelated], it can get pretty confusing," said Steve Miller, a 152-pound senior whose 9-3 decision over Brad Gabrish ended a four-bout winning streak by Calvert Hall. "Sometimes, you don't know who they're talking about."

One thing's for certain: The Friars (1-0, 1-0) earned revenge over the Cardinals (0-2, 0-2) in last night's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference dual meet. Calvert Hall defeated Curley last season, ending an 11-year losing streak to the Friars.

"This was huge to come in here and win in a big match," said the 171-pound Danny Miller. "My coaches said they weren't trying to put pressure on me, but they did say it was all up to me. So I knew, regardless, that I had to come through."

In addition to the smaller Danny Miller, Joe Green (189) also had a pin for the Friars. Cameron Torres (103) and Phil Novak (125) won major decisions. Heavyweight Frank Spokus and Brett Harrison (119) won decisions, the latter over Calvert Hall's previously unbeaten, fifth-ranked Nick Barone.

"The last time we wrestled last year, it was only 4-3 when I beat him," said Harrison, who improved to 7-1 with his 6-3 decision. "When I took him down in the second period, I knew I had him."

Down 26-2 after having lost a team point for unsportsmanlike conduct, Calvert Hall got a decision from Colin Goldsmith (130) and pins from Matt Cunningham (135), Brendon Smith (140) and Andrew O'Brien (145). O'Brien trailed 8-3 with 15 seconds left when he reversed and pinned Pat Sinnott with one second remaining.

The Cardinals also got a pin from No. 2-ranked Jay Bell (160) and a decision from Paul Lannon (215).

"We wrestled tough all around," Bell said. "We just need to work harder in some of our weaker weight classes."

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