MSJ claims 2nd crown in row

Down 5, Lewnes rallies to 9-7 overtime victory

Private schools state wrestling tournament

High Schools

February 22, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Mack Lewnes' takedown made it 7-all with 13 seconds left in regulation, and he prevailed, 9-7, in overtime against DeMatha's Rudy Rueda in last night's 152-pound-class final at the Maryland private schools wrestling tournament at McDonogh.

Lewnes (44-2) overcame two five-point deficits, coming within 7-4 entering the third period on a buzzer-beating Peterson roll. In Rueda (38-4), Lewnes defeated a three-time National Preps champion who rose from 145 pounds to put his 21-0 record to the test.

Lewnes was joined in victory by teammates Andrew Gold (112 pounds), Bruce Dulski (119), Jon Kohler (125) and Dave Dulski (135) as the No. 1 Gaels (308 points) won their second straight crown and an unprecedented fourth overall since the event's inception in 1995. DeMatha (212 1/2 ) was second and McDonogh (210 1/2 ) third.

Andrew Gold (38-4), coming off a loss to McDonogh's Joe Breen in last week's final at the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament, edged Breen, 2-1, for his second straight crown.

Bruce Dulski also won his second state title, scoring his second 1-0 win of the year over DeMatha's Bryan Sanders (49-7). McDonogh's Ricky Tippett (140) earned his second state title, 6-2, over Georgetown Prep's Brad Katzenberger.

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