Pallotti senior Jennings set for 1 more shot at MIAA title

Mt. St. Joe leads overall entering today's semis

High Schools

Wrestling

February 12, 2005|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

At 6 feet 4, Tim Jennings of Pallotti often stands out in a crowd. On the wrestling mats this season, he has more than ever.

The West Point-bound 215-pounder is 26-3 with 19 pins entering today's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association semifinals at Mount St. Joseph.

Jennings has twice been MIAA runner-up and was third at last year's states after winning that title as a sophomore. But after what he calls "a downer" of a junior year, the senior is primed to capture the crown that has twice eluded him.

Yesterday's pin and a major decision earned Jennings his 15th and 16th straight wins, a run including a victory over DeMatha's two-time private schools champion Ken Jefferson.

"Last year, I should have won [MIAAs,] or at least took second at states and placed at National Preps," said Jennings, who was twice a second-team All-Metro wrestler and wide receiver/defensive back. "I got too caught up in trying to reach the finals at states and wasn't focused for MIAAs."

Jennings led Pallotti's football team to last fall's MIAA C Conference crown and will "definitely" play that sport at West Point. A goalie and defender in lacrosse - "his best sport," said his mother, Patti - Jennings still is considering a three-sport college career.

Meanwhile, leader Mount St. Joseph (120.5 points) advanced 12 of 14 wrestlers into today's semifinals in its quest for a 26th MIAA title. Defending champs Jon Kohler (130), Alex Ward (140), Mack Lewnes (160) and Kevin O'Connor (189) moved forward, as did Austin Clouse (103), Danny Whitenak (112), Louis Ruonavar (119), Brandon Propst (145), Jordan Walsh (152), Jake Bohn (171), Dan Cannaday (215) and Andrew DePalma (275).

Sixth-ranked Archbishop Curley (91 points) was second, with Tyler Scarinzi (103), Mitch Fenton (119), Dan Miller (125), Keith Raynor (135), Daniel Miller (171), Sam Burdych (189) and Joe Green (275) still active.

A surprising third was unranked Gilman, paced by John Faust (103), Rob Benitez (112), Maurice Fleming (119), Pat Benitez (130), Peter Blue (152), Billy Knight (160), Hal Turner (189) and Justin Wiley (275). Boys' Latin was fourth, with Tyricus Ishway (130), Lance Wilson (135), Marc DiPasquale (145), Grady Gamble (152), Justin Fitch (160), Ryan Jordan (171) and James Winn (215).

Fifth-place McDonogh, ranked No. 9 by The Sun, is led by defending champs Joe Breen (125) and Bryn Holmes (152), as well as Josh Fitch (103), Rob Willey (135) and Kyle O'Brien (215).

St. Mary's Lou Ruland (119) got two first-period pins to improve to 34-0, and John Carroll's No. 2-seeded Dean Roberts (140) improved to 34-1.

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