Gold, West achieve All-America recognition

Seniors place third, fifth at national tournament


High Schools

April 05, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Mount St. Joseph wrestler Andrew Gold defeated four state champions and a state runner-up en route to a third-place finish at 112 pounds in the National High School Seniors Wrestling Championships at the Cleveland Convention Center.

Old Mill's Doug West was fifth at 130 pounds, joining Gold in earning high school All-America status for finishing among the top eight in their respective weight classes in the three-day event that ended yesterday.

"Coming into the tournament, I was under the impression that a lot of the guys here were either first or second in their states, so I tried to raise the level of intensity I went out with," said Gold, a University of Pennsylvania-bound, two-time Maryland private schools champ.

"There were a handful of guys that were ranked ahead of me nationally that finished behind me," said Gold, speaking by cellular phone from Cleveland. "I had missed two tournaments this year because of injury and my national ranking dropped. This was a way to redeem myself."

Among his seven victories, Gold defeated Juan Nieves (by a score of 12-4), Fernando Martinez (8-0) and Ari Ibrahim (15-0) - champs from Maine, Indiana and Tennessee, respectively.

After being pinned by state champ Paul Donahoe of Michigan in their quarterfinal bout, Gold won four more times, including a 4-2 decision over three-time Colorado state champ Abe Alverado. Gold defeated New York's Tom Masciale for third place.

West earned fifth place with a 7-3 victory over Robert Shyver, a two-time West Virginia state champ. West's effort made up for what he considers a poor performance - a fourth-place finish - at last month's Class 4A-3A state tournament.

West entered the state meet undefeated and as the Patriots' winningest wrestler. After having finished second at states his junior year, he was the odds-on favorite to win.

"Taking fourth at states was terrible when you're expected to win it," West said from Cleveland.

West blanked his first opponent of the day - Michigan's Tyler Longstreet - 4-0 to set up a difficult bout with Utah's McKay Sanderson. West ground out a 4-3 decision over Sanderson, a three-time state finalist and two-time state champ.

West later defeated New York state runner-up Trevor Baney, 5-1, in the quarterfinals. He then lost his semifinal, 2-0, on a third-period reversal by four-time Tennesee champ Jordan Leen.

West lost his next bout, 6-1, to Ohio champ Albert Madsen.

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