Woods plays the star in McDonogh's win

Wrestling

February 03, 2007|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,sun reporter

The low point for K.C. Woods was against Loyola, when the junior was one of only two McDonogh wrestlers to lose.

"I didn't feel too good that night," said Woods. "Not too good at all."

Last night, Woods' perseverance paid off, as he decked Mount St. Joseph's Ed Jackson at 1:54 of their 171-pound bout to overcome a 2-0 deficit in the Eagles' 34-24 dual meet victory.

The win earned the No. 1 Eagles their second straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference crown and their fourth overall before a screaming crowd at Mount St. Joseph.

"You always hope there's that one night that you're going to be the star," said Woods, who is 5-7 on varsity. "I just wanted to go out and not get pinned, figuring people would still be happy with me. But when it happened, all those people cheering was awesome."

The Eagles (17-3, 6-0) won three of the first four bouts for a 13-3 lead, with a pin by Shane Milam (145 pounds), a major decision by Curtis Holmes (140), and a momentum-setting 7-5 decision by No. 3 Ben Levin (130) over No. 5 Benny Schaufele. The No. 2 Gaels' lone win during that stretch was from Kevin Bohlman (135), who came from behind to beat Joe Eder, 8-5.

The Gaels (10-1, 5-1) rebounded with wins in the next two bouts to come within 13-12. First, No. 6 Chris King (152) edged No. 3 Kramer Whitelaw, 5-1. Then unheralded freshman Matt Mullett (160) decked No. 2-ranked Alex Pagnotta with a split-cradle at 3:32, overcoming a 5-1 deficit against a wrestler who had dropped from 171 pounds.

"The spladle is always in my back pocket," said Mullett, who has a 13-14 record and is certified to compete at 145. "He pinned me in the first period the last time. He's strong, powerful. When a guy like that comes into me with a square stance, the spladle's there."

Woods briefly regained the momentum and a 19-12 lead for the Eagles, but the Gaels went up, 21-19, on a pin and a decision, respectively, from Jake Selba (189) and Jake Bohn (215). After failing to pin Doug Schenk in the first period and settling for an 11-7 win, Bohn left the match disappointed, while Schenk pounded his chest triumphantly toward cheering McDonogh fans.

From there, the Eagles won four of the last five bouts to pull away, with a pin from Lane Clelland (285) and decisions by No. 1 Nick Schenk (103), Scott Patrick (112) and No. 2 Josh Fitch (125) countering a decision by the Gaels' No. 1 Austin Clouse (119) over No. 3 Albert Woody. Nick Schenk (32-0) won, 4-2, over No. 2 Frank Goodwin.

lem.satterfield@baltsun.com

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