Lewnes tops at National Preps


High Schools

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

Mount St. Joseph's Mack Lewnes recorded three pins, two major decisions and a decision en route to winning the title at Saturday's National Preps Tournament at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.

Lewnes, the nation's top-ranked sophomore at 152 pounds, scored a 13-2 major decision over Ryan Kennett of the Haverford School in the championship bout. Kennett was coming off a 2-1 overtime win in the semifinals against Mike Gallante of Blair Academy, N.J., with whom Lewnes had split bouts earlier this season.

Lewnes (47-2 overall) was among seven Mount St. Joseph wrestlers who finished in the top eight of their weight classes, pacing the Gaels to a runner-up finish behind Blair, the nation's No. 1-ranked team.

Lewnes was a runner-up in last year's National Preps after losing in overtime. This season, he has repeated as champion in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and private schools state tournaments.

Also placing for the Gaels were Andrew Gold (112, second), David Dulski (135, fourth), Alex Ward (130, fourth), Bruce Dulski (119, fifth), Kevin O'Connor (189, fifth) and Justin Wheeler (215, eighth).

Placing for McDonogh were freshman Luke Rebertus (145, second), Cam Watkins (135, third), Joe Breen (112, fourth), Bryn Holmes (152, fourth), Robbie Willey (130, fifth) and Ricky Tippett (140, sixth).

Boys' Latin's Brian Saval (145, fourth), St. Mary's Lou Ruland (112, fifth) and Gilman's Maurice Fleming (103, eighth) also were among the top eight in their weight classes.

Gold avenged an earlier loss with his 3-2 semifinal win over Blair's Ross Gitomer.

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