Old Mill nips S. River, captures Arundel title

Dual-meet champions finish with 11-0 record


High Schools

February 05, 2005|By Glenn P. Graham and Lem Satterfield | Glenn P. Graham and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

The No. 4 Old Mill wrestling team fended off another tough Anne Arundel County challenge - a common theme over the past week - with a solid, 38-24 win over No. 14 South River yesterday.

The Patriots (13-1) then wrapped up the regular season with a 64-2 win over Northeast in the tri-match, completing an 11-0 county mark to capture Anne Arundel's dual-meet crown.

The past eight days, in which Old Mill posted road wins over No. 12 Chesapeake on Jan. 29 and No. 5 Arundel on Tuesday, were a prolonged test the Patriots passed with flying colors.

"Overall, it was another great team effort," said Old Mill coach Jim Grim, whose Patriots earned the top seed in Wednesday's Class 4A East region meet. "The kids came out focused and ready to go, and I couldn't be prouder right now. I may sound like a broken record, but again, this was our night. But we still have so much more to accomplish."

Yesterday against South River, pins came from 103-pounder Greg Saumenig, 152-pounder Chris Volker and heavyweight Keith Jones. Justin Sobleskie posted a 10-2 major decision over Kevin McCauley, and seniors Nic Box (140), Ed Roderick (160) and Adam Chisholm pulled out tight decisions.

"It was a real tough, real emotional week ... and we just tried to keep on going," said Roderick, who scored a key 5-4 decision over South River's Mike Lietz in yesterday's opening win.

South River, which could finish as the second seed in Wednesday's region championship pending tonight's outcome against Atholton, got pins from 130-pounder Mark Nelson, 145-pounder Andrew Myers and a technical fall decision from Andrew Mulry to keep the match tight.

"We've come a long way the last couple of years, but it doesn't excuse the fact we made a lot of mistakes out there against Old Mill," said South River coach John Klessinger.

No. 1 Mount St. Joseph 50, No. 9 McDonogh 16: In last year's private school state semifinals against McDonogh's Rob Willey, Alex Ward lost both a lead and the bout. He didn't repeat the sequence last night in a dual meet.

The 140-pounder broke a 2-2 tie with a third-period reversal and clung to a 4-3 decision over Willey in Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference action in Irvington.

The Gaels (13-2, 5-0) won 10 of the 14 bouts, getting pins from Austin Clouse (103), Brandon Propst (145), Mack Lewnes (160), Kevin O'Connor (189), Dan Cannaday (215) and Andrew DePalma (275), major decisions from Danny Whitenak (112) and Jordan Walsh (152), and a decision by Louis Ruonavar (119).

Winning for McDonogh (4-2, 9-4) were Joe Breen (130), Bryn Holmes (171) Josh Hess (125) and Kramer Whitelaw (135).

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