No. 8 Old Mill topples No. 4 Chesapeake

January 31, 2004|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The Old Mill wrestling team counted on pins, its depth and a nifty shuffle of the lineup to knock off Chesapeake of Anne Arundel, 37-27, in a tri-match last night at Annapolis.

The No. 8 Patriots, who opened the night with a 59-11 win over Annapolis, improved to 11-0 overall and 8-0 in Anne Arundel County, while the No. 4 Cougars (8-2, 8-1) were 49-18 winners over the host Panthers.

Old Mill and Chesapeake won seven weight classes each, but the Patriots got pins from 135-pounder Doug West, 152-pounder Ed Roderick, 189-pounder Aaron Waddell and heavyweight Anthony Bryant.

"We preach to come out ... wrestle your match -- and I think we did a good job of that tonight," said West, who improved to 23-0 with a second-period pin of Matt Willis.

The match started at the 152-pound class, and Roderick set the tone when he got Brandon Waters shoulders down on the mat with seven seconds left in the third period.

After pins from Waddell and Bryant helped stake the Patriots to an 18-10 lead, the Cougars got three points with a decision from Josh O'Keefe at 103.

Patriots coach Jim Grim didn't send wrestlers out against 112-pounder Steve Gelety and 119-pounder Corey Bowers, sacrificing 12 points and the lead, but keeping momentum away from the Cougars and getting more favorable matchups later.

With Old Mill trailing 27-24, West got his pin, Chris Voelker got a decision over a bumped-up Craig Sturgeon at 140, and Sam Anyanleye (145) closed out the match with a 13-1 major decision over David Mays.

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