Mount St. Joe locks up `A' title

Bohn's headlock is key to Gaels' 7-bout surge that pins first loss on Curley


High Schools

February 08, 2005|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Death, taxes and a Jake Bohn headlock are three things you can count on.

Archbishop Curley's Daniel Miller knew what to expect from the Mount St. Joseph wrestler. But Miller tempted fate by tying up with Bohn from the opening whistle yesterday.

"Everyone knows [the headlock] is what I like to do," said Bohn, a sophomore. "I was surprised he did what he did, but I took what was there."

Within seconds, Bohn launched Miller to his back and clamped down with vise-like pressure. Miller struggled, but in 67 seconds, it was over with a slap of the mat.

Bohn's 13th pin was unlucky for Miller and his teammates: It was part of a seven-bout sweep in a 44-20 victory as the top-ranked Gaels (14-3, 6-0) clinched the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference dual meet title over the No. 6 Friars (8-1, 5-1).

The win was a confidence boost for Bohn, who was hammered, 12-2, by McDonogh's private schools champ Bryn Holmes on Friday. Bohn (26-8) is ranked No. 1 in The Sun at 171 pounds ahead of No. 2 Miller (24-2).

"I felt pretty bad over the weekend," said Bohn. "I used that butt-whipping [by Holmes] as motivation."

The Friars held a short-lived 3-0 lead on a decision by Phil Novak (135) before the Gaels went on their run for a 34-3 lead. It included a pin from No. 2 Alex Ward (140), a major decision by No. 1 Mack Lewnes (160) and decisions by Jordan Walsh (152) and Dan Cannaday (215).

The Gaels also got a major decision from Danny Whitenak (112), an injury default victory by No. 3 Brandon Propst (145) and forfeits to No. 2 Jon Kohler (130) and No. 3 Kevin O'Connor (189).

Mount St. Joseph's momentum carried into two pivotal wins by Walsh and Cannaday. Walsh dominated a battle of freshmen, 6-0, over Joe Foster, and Cannaday overcame a third-period 6-3 deficit against Sam Burdych to win 8-6.

"I wrestled [Foster] last year at a regular junior league tournament, it was pretty close. But each year, every kid gets better, so you never know what to expect," said Walsh, who scored all of his points in the third period.

"All week, our coaches told us how important this match was. We trained hard to get here, and we gave our best."

Ward pinned Keith Raynor in 1:36, and later, Lewnes (34-2) routed Mike Zeller, 12-2, for a Gaels' squad whose momentum was apparent from their first win. On the night, Archbishop Curley got a pin by Mitch Fenton (119), major decisions from Tyler Scarinzi (103) and Dan Miller (125) and a decision from Joe Green (275).

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