Holmes, Jennings bring home Preps titles

152-, 215-pound efforts win prestigious crowns

Wrestling

High Schools

February 28, 2005|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

McDonogh junior Bryn Holmes and Pallotti senior Tim Jennings took different approaches to achieve the same result as they captured National Preps wrestling championships Saturday at Lehigh University.

Holmes (42-3) pinned all five opponents, including Tyler Thurgood of Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J., in 55 seconds of their 152-pound title match.

Jennings (38-3), a two-time private schools state champ, was more methodical. He won two overtime bouts and a third match 2-1 before blanking Brian Gable of Northeast Catholic in Philadelphia for the 215-pound crown.

"No one at Pallotti had ever even wrestled on the second day, let alone made the finals," said Jennings, a second-team All-Metro wrestler and defensive back-wide receiver who will play football at Army.

"To actually get there and win is indescribable. It's every kid's dream - I know I've dreamed about it for four years."

A two-time private schools state champion, Holmes placed fourth in last year's National Preps. He had pins in 15, 18 and 26 seconds as McDonogh finished seventh in the 114-team field of the two-day event.

McDonogh's Rob Willey (140) was second and teammates Josh Fitch (103) and Joe Breen (125) fourth.

Third-place Mount St. Joseph was paced by runner-up and two-time All-Metro Mack Lewnes (160), The Sun's reigning All-Metro Wrestler of the Year. Teammates Jon Kohler (130) and Kevin O'Connor (189) were third, Danny Whitenak (112) and Alex Ward (140) fourth and Dan Cannaday (215) sixth.

Lewnes (49-3) reached the finals for the third straight time, but the junior was dethroned as champion by an old rival. Lewnes (140-12 career) lost his title bout, 6-3, to Blair Academy's Mike Gallante, with whom Lewnes split bouts last season.

A year ago, Gallante, a postgraduate, lost, 2-1, in the National Preps semifinals to Ryan Kennett of Haverford (Pa.), whom Lewnes hammered, 13-2, for last year's crown after having lost as a freshman in overtime.

DeMatha's Mike Rowe (135) was denied his fourth straight National Preps crown. His 4-3 title-bout loss to Blair Academy's Travis Blasco also prevented Rowe (219-8 career) from tying the Maryland high school career-wins record (220) held by DeMatha's Wes Cummings.

Coached by Dick Messier of Elkridge, the Nebraska-bound Rowe went 47-2 this season.

Results for other wrestlers from Maryland schools:

DeMatha's Jon Faringer (103) and St. Mary's Lou Ruland (119) were third; Gilman's Patrick Benitez (130) and Progressive Christian's Michael Bressler (135) finished fourth; Gilman's Maurice Fleming (119), DeMatha's Reggie Parker (130) and John Carroll's Dean Roberts (140) were fifth; Boys' Latin's Justin Fitch (160) and Tyricuz Ishway (130) were sixth; and Calvert Hall's Brad Gabrish (145) finished eighth.

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