No. 4 Old Mill roars back to win

Wrestling

December 15, 2006|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun reporter

Having been beaten two straight years by visiting fifth-ranked Hammond, and having lost a day earlier at No. 3 Archbishop Curley, Old Mill's Ethan Brown said the No. 4 Patriots "were looking for redemption."

Old Mill got it in last night's come-from-behind, 39-30 dual-meet victory over Hammond, winning five of the last six bouts by pin, including falls in each of the last four.

Brown (215), Nic Box (152), Ryan Hertz (171), John Sillamon (189) and Justin Faithful (275) decked their opponents, turning a 26-9 deficit into victory before a screaming home crowd.

"We needed this real bad," said Brown, who improved to 4-1. "This was about payback, and we came out and got it."

In victory, the Patriots evened their dual-meet record at 1-1, avenged two straight losses to the Bears (8-3), and raised their series record against the four-time Class 2A-1A state duals champs to 4-2.

"You have to wrestle the best to be the best," said Faithful, a fourth-place finisher at last year's 4A-3A states who is 5-0. "It's too bad they had to wrestle us tonight, because we were ready."

The Bears swept the first three bouts for a 13-0 lead on a pin by Josh Halper (112), a major decision by senior 2A-1A state champ Devon Gillett (119) and a decision by freshman Dylan Gillett (103). The Patriots won two straight to trim the lead to 13-9, as 4A-3A champ Greg Saumenig (125) scored 12 takedowns on the way to a 25-9 technical fall, and Tim Lobuglio (130), a third-place finisher at states, won by 15-7 major decision.

But the Bears led 30-15 after wins in four of the next five bouts, getting a pin from Zach Halper (135) in the first period, a major decision by three-time state champ Vince Taweel (145) and a decision by Matt Ketchum (140) in a pivotal bout with Tyler Ohlson. But after the Bears' Ryan McKevitt earned a 160-pound major decision, the Patriots began their rally.

lem.satterfield@baltsun.com

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