John Carroll proves point, wins Iron Horse Duals crown

Varsity

Wrestling

January 07, 2007|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun reporter

Like the rest of his teammates, John Carroll's John Von Paris said he "couldn't wait for the opportunity" to prove how good they were at yesterday's C. Milton Wright dual meet invitational.

"We wanted to gain some respect locally," said the 285-pound Von Paris (19-0), who joined teammates Eric Hart (135) and Ethan Reese (160) in going unbeaten over seven bouts to lead No. 15 John Carroll to the crown at the Iron Horse Duals. "We knew we had a good team, but this proved we have a great team."

Among the wins for the Patriots (29-8) were routs of No. 13 Aberdeen, 56-12, No. 14 Milford Mill, 37-18, and unranked Chesapeake (12-7) of Anne Arundel County, 39-22 - the last in the title round. John Carroll wrestlers won 74 of 98 individual bouts and accumulated 48 pins.

Von Paris earned a 5-1 victory over previously unbeaten Baltimore County champion Nile Alexander of Milford Mill; pinned Aberdeen's Andrew Woodward, who later defeated Alexander; and recorded a 28-second pin against Chesapeake. Reese (23-4) scored five takedowns in a 13-8 win over Zach O'Keeffe (18-2) of Cheasapeake. Brock Brooks (171), Matt Miller (130) and Tim Webster (189) had pins in 23, 35 and 43 seconds, respectively, in the title round.

Jared Bosque (119) and Tyler Ernest (112) improved to 20-1 and 8-0, respectively, for Chesapeake, which got a pin by Sonny Scardina (140) with two seconds left against John Carroll's Tommy LaVey. Chris Blake (145), Tyler Lomax (152) and Pat Bearry (215) also won decisions against the Patriots, the last by 3-2 in triple overtime, over Zac Fleury.

"Coming in second isn't bad, considering where we started the season," said Bosque, who finished fourth at 4A-3A states.

Parkville's Yousef Mohamed (171) and Nick Von Canon (215) each went unbeaten in seven bouts. Mohamed is 19-0 with 17 pins and a technical fall, and Von Canon is 18-1. Also impressive were Aberdeen's Chris Hoffman (112), Bel Air's Matt Cross (140) and C. Milton Wright's George Denton (189). Hoffman is 19-0 with 15 pins, three technical falls and a major decision; Cross is 17-0 and Denton 18-0.

Overlea's Matt Bowers (125), Bel Air's Khalid Epps (145) and Joppatowne's Aaron Williams (160) also went unbeaten over the weekend.

lem.satterfield@baltsun.com

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