McDonogh underclassmen overwhelm field

Top-ranked Eagles dominate in winning Mount Mat Madness


January 14, 2007|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Reporter

Top-ranked McDonogh's youth served notice at yesterday's fourth annual Mount Mat Madness Invitational at Goucher College, dominating a 27-team field of squads from Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia with a roster of underclassmen.

Nick Schenk (103 pounds) and Shane Milam (145) earned titles, with Josh Fitch (125), Doug Schenk (215) and Lane Clelland (285) finishing second as the Eagles outscored runner-up Wyoming Seminary of Pennsylvania, 200-151.

A sophomore, Milam (21-3) required an overtime takedown in his 8-6 victory over DeMatha private schools champion Steve Sargent (19-3). Nick Schenk (23-0) broke open a tight match with Mount St. Joseph's Frank Goodwin (28-5), pinning him with nine seconds left in the second period of a bout that was tied early at 2.

"I didn't expect a pin in the finals, but mentally and physically, we're ready for the challenge," said Nick Schenk, a freshman, who had split offseason bouts with Goodwin. "It was my brother's first time in the finals, so I was real proud of him. I think we're a solid team, and we'll be that way for years to come."

Mount St. Joseph senior Jake Bohn (189, 30-4) pinned his 18th and 19th opponents to reach the finals, where his reversal and two nearfall points in the last four seconds secured a wild, 9-6 victory over Pennsylvania state runner-up Zac Bennett (17-0) of Westmont Hiltop. Bohn trailed Pennsylvania's No. 1-ranked 189-pounder by as much as 4-1 in a win that allowed him to join former teammate Mack Lewnes as the event's only three-time champions.

"I was real nervous going out there because there was a lot of pressure. As the match went on, I gained confidence," said Bohn. "He scrambled around on the mat a lot. I was just thinking in the last few seconds, `Get the heck out.' There wasn't a lot of technique going on at that point."

Hammond three-time state champion Vince Taweel (135), who defaulted out of last year's event while trailing a rival 14-0, gained what he considered redemption by blanking Delaware champion Nicky Tiberi, 3-0, in the semifinals, and winning his title bout, 3-1, over Cedar Cliff's Bryan Ortenzio.

"This adds a lot of meat to my reputation that I don't have on my arms," Taweel said. "I placed ahead of a Maryland state champ [Rising Sun's Matt Jackson was fourth], beat a Delaware state champ and a Pennsylvania big-schools placer [Ortenzio was fourth] - that's pretty cool."

Old Mill's Justin Faithful (285) pinned his 15th, 16th and 17th opponents and rose to 20-0 with his 3-1 title-bout victory over Clelland, whom he had pinned twice before.

Hammond 2A-1A state champion Devon Gillett (119) finished as the runner-up in a class featuring Maryland's top six wrestlers. A title-bout loser to repeat Delaware champion Conor McDonald of Sussex Central, Gillett avenged an earlier loss with his quarterfinal win over Archbishop Curley's Tyler Scarinzi, before winning his semifinal, 3-1, over McDonogh's Eric Filipowicz. Filipowicz had scored a 9-5 victory over 4A-3A state champion Will Sharbaugh of Walt Whitman in the quarterfinals.

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