Pins help Old Mill to hold it together

Lobuglio, Saumenig quickly end matches vs. rival Broadneck

No. 4 Old Mill 41 Broadneck 23


January 06, 2007|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun reporter

Old Mill 135-pound wrestler Tim Lobuglio knew last night's match with visiting Anne Arundel County League rival Broadneck would come down to pins and emotion.

"There's a lot of hype to this rivalry," said Lobuglio, a third-place finisher in last year's 4A-3A state tournament. "Their coaches know our coaches; our wrestlers know theirs."

Lobuglio and two-time 4A-3A state champion Greg Saumenig (125) did their part with first-period pins; Willie Pumphrey (119) decked his rival in the second period; and Jason West (103) scored 14 near-fall points in a 16-0 technical fall to pace No. 4 Old Mill (5-2, 5-0) to a closer-than-expected 41-23 win in front of a screaming crowd

Houston Zemanski (112) won by a 15-0 technical fall for Broadneck (4-3, 3-3), which took four of the seven pivotal bouts against the defending county champions. The Bruins got pins from Jack Reed (130) and Chris Saroch (145) -- the latter off a flying cradle at 2:18 of what had been a scoreless bout with Joey Travers -- and decisions from state runner-up Abe Hunter (152) and Keith Bechtler (160) over Nic Box and Patrick Benjamin, respectively.

"They got a few more pins than I expected," said Patriots coach Jim Grim, with whom Broadneck coach Marc Procaccini was an assistant when Old Mill won its seventh state tournament crown in 2003. "Marc's a heck of a coach. I knew they'd be prepared."

Old Mill received narrow decisions from Chase Russell (140) and Ryan Hertz (171), the latter on a takedown with 13 seconds left to beat Dale Ward, 5-3. The Patriots also got a 2-1 victory by 285-pound Justin Faithful (15-0) over Thomas Mulligan (10-1) in a battle of unbeatens.

"It was good to see some of our lesser-known kids pick it up," said Hunter (11-0), whose 1-0 victory improved his series lead against Box to 2-0. "He maybe chose neutral [position] because when I beat him last year, I kind of got him on the mat."

Bechtler's win had the Bruins within 26-23 before the Patriots closed with Hertz's victory, a decision by John Sillaman (189), a forfeit to Ethan Brown (215) and Faithful's narrowest win of the season.

"They brought their `A' game tonight," said Faithful, who has 13 pins and a major decision.

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