Curley captures tourney

Team titlists crown three individual champs, place 8 in finals

Wrestling

December 29, 2006|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun reporter

They have nicknames such as "Cyborg," "Wolverine," "Wolf Boy," "Pipes" and "The Bull." Their style is one of pure and often intimidating aggression. And their wills, under first-year coach Gregg Kessler, are virtually unbreakable.

No. 3 Archbishop Curley's wrestlers flexed their collective muscle at yesterday's 28th Arundel Invitational, crowning Tyler Scarinzi (119), Mike Kulik (160) and Sam Burdych (189) among eight finalists to outscore runner-up DeMatha of Hyattsville, 225.5-181.

Kulik (17-1) pinned twice and won a decision. Burdych (16-1) beat three opponents by a combined 25-3. Scarinzi (16-1) scored a major decision and one of his two pins was against River Hill's regional champion Nathan White (11-3) at 1:16 of their title bout.

"I waited for the right moment for his head to drop," said Scarinzi, a junior who drove White to his back with a "stack" move to win the event for the first time in his career. "Five years ago, he beat me in double overtime of the junior league state finals. That was my motivation."

Curley's runners-up were Bubba Corbett (112), Mitch Fenton (130), Ross Quillett (140), Andrew Sellers (171) and Josh Boler (189). A National Preps runner-up, Fenton (17-2) fell, 8-3, to Sherwood's two-time 4A-3A state champ Andy Lowy. Bound for Princeton, Lowy, named Outstanding Lowerweight, is 15-0 this year. He has a 64-match winning streak and victories in 80 of his past 82 bouts.

"We had eight finalists, but only three champs, so we have a ways to go," said Kessler, 31, a three-time state champ at Owings Mills. "But I have to say I'm excited about the road we're on."

Broadneck crowned two champions in state runner-up Abe Hunter (152) and Thomas Mulligan (275), each of whom is 9-0. Hunter, the Outstanding Upperweight, had two pins, a major decision and a 9-3 title-bout win over DeMatha's Nate Cortes-Peck. Mulligan edged Loyola's Owen Duffy, 4-2, in overtime. Duffy slipped to 19-3.

River Hill freshman Scott Mantua (103) ran his record to 14-0 with a 9-6 victory over Arundel's Nicole Woody (6-2). Mantua, who has 12 pins and one technical fall, used a reversal and three near-fall points to turn a 2-2 second-period tie into a 7-2 lead heading into the third period.

"I've been working on that move all year long to score from top," said Mantua, who reached the finals on a technical fall and two pins, then turned Woody to her back with an arm-bar. "I knew I needed those cushion points if it was close."

Maryland's first two-time state qualifying female wrestler, Woody, a junior, has been featured in Sports Illustrated after having won a junior world title for girls at 97 pounds. The subject of a still-to-come story in SI, Woody closed the gap with two third-period takedowns, but that wasn't enough.

Atholton's Bruce Steinel (125) improved his record to 11-2 with a 6-1 win over Arundel's previously unbeaten Joe Kidwell (7-1), earning a title in the first tournament of his high school career. "I had no doubt in my mind I would win," Steinel said.

Dulaney's Matt Jacobs (145, 13-1), a third-place finisher at 4A-3A states, defeated 4A-3A runner-up Steve Gamble of Sherwood, 8-1, in his semifinal, but dropped a 9-7 title-bout loss to private schools champ Steve Sargent (12-2) of DeMatha.

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