Mount St. Joe's Gold turns tables for 112-pound title

He tops rival in PowerAde

this time, Lewnes loses

Wrestling

High Schools

January 01, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Mount St. Joseph's Andrew Gold avenged a loss of a year ago with Tuesday's 3-2 victory over Jordan Brown of Solon High (Cleveland), earning the PowerAde Tournament crown at Trinity High in Trinity, Pa.

Gold (9-1), a 112-pound senior who was pinned by Brown in last year's title bout, had not been scored upon in his four previous matches - two pins, a shutout technical fall and a 12-0 decision.

Sophomore 152-pound teammate Mack Lewnes (16-2, eight pins) recorded four pins to reach the final, where he lost, 6-2, to Mike Pucillo of Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio). Down 3-2 with 15 seconds left, Pucillo used a takedown and two near-fall points to win.

Dave Dulski (140, fifth), Bruce Dulski (119, seventh) and Alex Ward (130, eighth) also finished in the top eight of their weight classes as the Gaels placed seventh out of 32 teams.

Pucillo is the nation's No. 2-ranked junior at 152, and Lewnes, who earned the event's award for most falls in the shortest period of time, the country's No. 2-ranked sophomore.

The result in Lewnes' match was the reverse of the outcome in the final of the Beast of the East Tournament at the University of Delaware on Dec. 20-21, when Lewnes' four-point takedown in the last 10 seconds secured a 9-6 win.

A runner-up in last year's PowerAde event, Lewnes now has placed first, second and third in the Beast, PowerAde and Iron Man events, respectively. Those tournaments are rated the nation's first-, fourth- and second-most difficult high school invitationals.

In the quarterfinals of the Beast tournament, Lewnes avenged his only other loss by defeating Mike Gallante of Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.).

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