Lewnes comes back strong in Beast of East wrestling

After loss, title extra sweet for Mt. St. Joe's standout

High Schools


December 23, 2003|By Lem Satterfield and Katherine Dunn | Lem Satterfield and Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Mount St. Joseph's Mack Lewnes scored a takedown and two near-fall points off an inside trip in the final 10 seconds of his come-from-behind, 9-6 victory over Mike Pucillo of Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) for the title in last weekend's Beast of the East Tournament at the University of Delaware.

Lewnes, ranked No. 2 nationally among 152-pound sophomores, won six bouts overall to improve to 12-1 for the year, including overtime victories over Mike Gallante of Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.) and Steve Anceravage of Bloomsburg (Pa.) in his quarterfinal and semifinal bouts.

Lewnes had lost, 5-2, in the previous weekend's Iron Man Tournament to Gallante, who went on to finish second in that event to Pucillo.

The Iron Man is considered the nation's second-most difficult wrestling invitational; the Beast of the East is considered No. 1. Pucillo is the No. 2-ranked junior at 152 pounds.

"I was starting to get freaked [against Pucillo], but as time was running out, I saw the leg and went for it," said Lewnes, whose wins over Pucillo, Anceravage and Gallante were against wrestlers who were state runners-up last season.

"My previous two matches, I had to come back and win, so I knew I could do it again."

McDonogh's Cam Watkins (130) was seventh, and teammates Luke Rebertus (135) and Ricky Tippett (140) were eighth.

Squash rivalry

Bryn Mawr's squash team has taken the upper hand in its rivalry with Roland Park - a rivalry fueled by Bryn Mawr coach Joe Lacy Jr. having to coach against a Reds team that includes his daughters, Alli and Liza, and his niece, Betsy Griffin, and is coached by his brother-in-law, Clarke Griffin.

The Mawrtians, who last season beat the Reds after losing six straight matches, have a streak of their own now that they have won the first match this season.

The win seemed decisive at 10-1, but Lacy said the matches were close. Bryn Mawr, led by No. 1 Libbey Brown and seniors Sarah Hawkins, Mandy Mahle and Tara Rubenstein, have lost only once this season, to Princeton's club team.

Holiday hoops

Over the next week, holiday tournaments could provide a few interesting, nontraditional matchups among some of the area's top girls basketball teams.

Second-ranked St. Frances tips off its first Panther Invitational Friday with an eight-team tournament that features No. 5 Western, No. 7 Milford Mill, No. 15 Dunbar and Southside.

Second-round games will be held on Saturday, with the title game set for Monday at 7 p.m.

Across town, No. 3 Woodlawn will host No. 4 Roland Park among other teams during its three-day tournament beginning Saturday. A Warriors-Reds showdown could only come in the final on Tuesday night at 7:30.

The Warriors will then start off the new year in style, traveling to meet St. Frances at 4 p.m. on Jan. 3.

Luke Broadwater contributed to this report.

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