Mt. St. Joseph's Lewnes plays Iron Man role

Athletes of the Week

Sport Wrestling

December 14, 2005

A three-time private schools state and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association champion, Mount St. Joseph's Mack Lewnes defeated Ohio State champ Dave Rella of Walsh Jesuit (Ohio), 8-7, for the title in last weekend's prestigious Iron Man Tournament at Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

In winning an event that is considered the nation's second-most difficult invitational, the three-time first-team All-Metro senior became the nation's undisputed No. 1-ranked 160-pounder. Lewnes had edged the Penn State-bound Rella, 4-3, in a match last season, yet the Ohio wrestler entered their matchup rated No. 1 in two national polls while Lewnes was top-ranked in a third.

But Lewnes dominated the field, scoring two pins and defeating two other rivals by a combined 12-1 before breaking a 6-6 tie with Rella on a takedown with 30 seconds left. An A-student who is bound for Cornell University, Lewnes was The Sun's All-Metro Wrestler of the Year in 2003-04. Lewnes will major in restaurant-hotel management.

Others considered: Tony Mack, Owings Mills, wrestling; Rodney Spruill, Walbrook, basketball; Jamal Barney, Southwestern, basketball.

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