No. 3 Curley is tops at Perry Hall

Young Friars have five finalists

surprising Loyola crowns five champs, finishes second


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The talented Archbishop Curley squad might be considered the Baltimore area's premier team were it any year but this one. That honor belongs to either No. 1 Mount St. Joseph or No. 2 McDonogh, but the No. 3 Friars showed yesterday that they could be a team of the future.

Led by champions Tyler Scarinzi (112) and Mitch Fenton (125) and runners-up Joe Foster (160), Josh Boler (189) and Joe Green (215), the Friars, boasting only three seniors, placed eight wrestlers in the top four of their weight classes to comfortably win the 23-team Perry Hall Invitational, 211.5-185.5, over 14th-ranked Loyola.

Scarinzi (13-0, seven pins), a sophomore, won the event for the second straight year, 3-0, over Owings Mills' Cody Rosenstone (8-1). Fenton, a junior, rose to 15-0 with six pins after a 5-2 win over Atholton's Jeff Zillmer (6-1).

"Last year, I was third at this tournament. This year, I beat the guy who won my weight class," Fenton said. "We're young team, but we've got a strong corps of hard-working guys. We're improving all the time."

The surprise, however, was traditionally mediocre Loyola, which crowned a tournament-high five champions: freshman Colin Schuster (119), James Davies (135), Alex Tiernan (140), Dan Peters-Rodbell (171) and Owen Duffy (275). Despite having only one wrestler who competed before high school, Loyola is on the rise under coach Steve Truitt, a former All-Metro wrestler.

Schuster (9-0) outscored three opponents by a combined 19-2, including an 8-0 shutout of North Carroll's Ronnie Seipp in his title bout. Davies (11-0) shut out North Carroll's Rob Bell (9-2), having used a buzzer-beating reversal for a 5-3 semifinal victory over Wilde Lake's James Robinson.

Peters-Rodbell (9-1) beat Georgetown Prep's Frankie Coppola, 9-4, and Duffy (9-2) edged Atholton's previously unbeaten Mike Krason, 5-4, in overtime. Tiernan (8-0) earned a 4-3, title-bout win over Atholton's Teddy Johnson (5-2), who was coming off a semifinal upset of North Carroll's previously unbeaten Tyler MacLeod.

Atholton of Howard County was fourth behind No. 12 North Carroll, paced by champs Rob Eloshway (103) and Ryan Conroy (145), each of whom is 7-0. Eloshway, a senior, scored a 7-0 rout of North Carroll's Jeremy Seipp (10-2) to earn Outstanding Lowerweight. Conroy edged Georgetown Prep's Mike Espozito, 7-5.

For No. 15 Owings Mills (fifth), Tony Mack (130) and Ben McCree (160) remained unbeaten at 11-0 and 14-0, respectively. Mack downed C. Milton Wright's Tom McCord, 9-4, and McCree scored a 12-4 rout of Foster (10-2).

Wilde Lake's Zack Brown (215), the Outstanding Upperweight, moved to 4-0 with a first-period pin of Green (11-2); Eastern Tech's John Mullinix (152) is 8-1 after his 6-4 win over North Carroll's Ryan Schroeder (9-2); and Edgewood's Joe Urbanski (189) is 5-0 after his 16-11 win over Boler (11-2).

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