Old Mill's rally in last 2 bouts stuns Arundel


High Schools

February 02, 2005|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Old Mill's wrestling team could have been excused a letdown at Arundel last night.

The No. 4 Patriots were coming off a tough win at Anne Arundel County rival Chesapeake on Friday, needing to get right back up for the No. 5 Wildcats.

Then they fell behind last night in the light weights and saw some things go awry in the middle weights.

But the Patriots found resiliency and their reward was a character-building, 28-26 victory that left the Wildcats stunned.

Trailing 26-19 with two bouts left, the Patriots received a 3-2, double-overtime win from 215-pounder Nick Harvey over Terone Travis to set the stage for heavyweight Keith Jones to pin Tim Holland.

The win kept the Patriots (11-1) undefeated in the county at 10-0, while the Wildcats (15-4) fell to 7-3 in the league.

Harvey, who chose to take the bottom in double overtime and quickly escaped, best summed up the Patriots effort last night.

"Our team never quits. We always wrestle with a lot of heart and wrestle to the last guy," he said.

That's what it took last night.

The Wildcats got consecutive major decisions from Devon Gillett (112), George Ester (119), Justin Bowser (125) and Seth Fenton (130) to take a 16-4 lead before Arundel 135-pounder Ben Dincher pulled off the improbable against Justin Sobleskie to pad the Wildcats' lead.

Trailing 3-1 with nine seconds left, he got an escape and then a last-second takedown to claim a 4-3 decision that left the Patriots trying to regroup.

They did, with Jones having the final say at heavyweight, a 48-second pin over Holland to send his team home with a win over its biggest rival.

"I was a little worried how we would respond, but I can't say enough about how proud I am of our kids," said Old Mill coach Jim Grim. "This was our night, but not our season, though."

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