Clelland, McDonogh headed for semifinals


February 10, 2007|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun reporter

McDonogh's Lane Clelland had little time for decisions last night, instead pinning rivals in 23 seconds and in 3:13 to advance to today's semifinals of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament at Mount St. Joseph.

But as a 6-foot-6 junior who already is among the nation's premier offensive linemen prospects, "making the right decision about my future" - including the consideration of an early graduation by this time next year - is of utmost importance.

"Maryland, Michigan, Virginia, Boston College [have all expressed interest,]" said Clelland, a first-year varsity wrestler who has been offered a full scholarship by Maryland. "Wrestling generally helps me with leverage, run-blocking, and I love it. I want to go through this season, take all of my visits, and then, we'll see."

Clelland (285 pounds) joined teammates Nick Schenk (103), Albert Woody (112), Josh Fitch (125), Ben Levin (130), Curtis Holmes (140), Shane Milam (145), Kramer Whitelaw (152), Alex Pagnotta (160) and Doug Schenk (215) in today's semifinals. The top-ranked Eagles will attempt to win a second straight MIAA title, and their third overall.

Annapolis Area Christian's Adam Palumbo (125) rose to 35-1 with 25 pins.

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