Freshman Schenk wins at Beast


December 18, 2006|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN REPORTER

McDonogh's Nick Schenk won his fifth bout of the weekend, 3-1, in overtime over Pat Owens of Germantown Academy of Pennsylvania to earn the 103-pound title of yesterday's Beast of the East Invitational at the University of Delaware.

Schenk improved his record to 14-0, became Maryland's first freshman winner of the two-day event and the tournament's third champion from McDonogh.

"I've won national tournaments before, but obviously this one is different," said Schenk, 15, who won his first bout by a 16-1 technical fall, his second, 13-2, and his third, 2-0, over Austin Damico of Kellam of Virginia Beach, Va. "It's not going to change my mind-set at all, though, because I'm still going to think of myself as the underdog."

Although Schenk had to counter a deep, single-leg attempt by Owens for the bout-winning takedown in overtime, his most difficult opponent was semifinal rival Frank Cagnina of New Jersey's Bergen Catholic.

Schenk was 0-6 in junior league against Cagnina, whom he trailed 3-2 entering the third period before scoring an escape and a takedown to win, 5-3.

"The semis match gave me a lot of confidence, because I felt like Cagnina actually should have been seeded second," Schenk said. "It gave me a lot of confidence going into the finals. This is a big tournament for me, because junior league doesn't compare to high school. I think I got put at the No. 1 seed because I had a chance, and I guess I took the chance and won."

Past McDonogh winners were Dave Trudil and J.R. Plienis. Mack Lewnes of Mount St. Joseph won the event as a sophomore in 2005.

Mount St. Joseph's Jake Bohn (189) finished fourth after an 8-2 loss to Scott Cust of Virginia's Great Bridge. Other area finishers were Mount St. Joseph's Frank Goodwin (103) and Austin Clouse (112), a freshman and senior, respectively, who were seventh and eighth in their weight classes.

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