McDonogh grabs MIAA tournament victory

Mount St. Joseph's J. Bohn captures third straight title


February 11, 2007|By Alejandro Danois | Alejandro Danois,Special to the Sun

McDonogh's youth prevailed at the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association wrestling tournament yesterday at Mount St. Joseph.

With nine wrestlers - four juniors, four sophomores and one freshman - competing in the finals, the top-ranked Eagles captured their second consecutive MIAA tournament title.

Freshman Nick Schenk (103 pounds) got things started for McDonogh with a 6-1 decision over Mount St. Joseph freshman Frank Goodwin in the first championship match of the day.

The two freshmen have squared off in some highly competitive matches this season, including Schenk's victory at the prestigious Mount Mad Madness Invitational at Goucher College in January.

"I wrestled him last week and knew he was going to be real tough," said Schenk, who ran his season record to 33-0. "This week, my thought process was to stay solid on the mat and concentrate on not getting caught."

Josh Fitch (125), Curtis Holmes (140), Shane Milam (145) and Alex Pagnotta (160) also earned titles for the Eagles, with Albert Woody (112), Kramer Whitelaw (152), Doug Schenk (215) and Lane Clelland (275) finishing second as the Eagles outscored runner-up Archbishop Curley, 256.5-221.0.

Clelland, a 6-foot-6 junior considered to be among the nation's premier offensive line prospects who has been offered a football scholarship to Maryland, had breezed into the semifinals by pinning his competitors in 23 seconds and 3:13.

His competitor in the finals, John Carroll's undefeated heavyweight John Von Paris, had pinned his rivals in 56 seconds and 3:44 to advance to the championship match.

In the tournament finale, Von Paris ran his unblemished record to 38-0, pinning Clelland in 2:40.

"He's a big kid, a good athlete and it was a tough match," Von Paris said. " But I felt like if I wrestled the way I'm capable of wrestling, I would come out on top."

Boys' Latin's Grady Gamble (171), who notched the finals' first pin in 3:52 against Calvert Hall's Owen Smith, tallied a tournament-high 30 points.

Mount St. Joseph senior Jake Bohn (215), a two-time state private school champion, won his third consecutive MIAA title by pinning McDonogh's Doug Schenk in 1:51.

"I knew we needed points and I went out and tried to wrestle smart," Bohn said. "Now, I'm focused on trying to repeat at the state championships and winning at the national preps."

Bohn was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler.

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