Foster, Curley pin down win at Arundel

December 29, 2007|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,Sun Reporter

Archbishop Curley 160-pound wrestler Joe Foster, just returning to full strength after knee surgery, typified his team's performance at the 29th annual Arundel Holiday Tournament last night.

Foster scored two early round pins and then was able to grind out two decisions to claim his weight class. Brett Pryzwara also claimed the 103-pound title, and the No. 3 Friars had four runner-ups and two third-place finishers to roll to a 238.5-170.5 win over runners-up Loyola and DeMatha. Stephen Decatur took fourth with 158.5 points, with Broadneck claiming fifth with 103 in the 16-team field.

"There's definitely a lot of depth on this team, also a lot of talent, and we practice hard every single day," said Foster, who had knee surgery at the start of the season.

"This definitely means a lot. I just came off a knee injury - really my first tournament back and knew my mission was to come out and win this thing today."

While the highly anticipated 125-pound bout between Curley's Tyler Scarinzi and Middletown's Tyler Strube didn't go the Friars' way - Strube came away with a 5-4 decision in four overtimes - the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference power clearly showed its dominance throughout the two-day tournament. Bubba Corbett (135), Ali Saadulaev (140) and Leo Johnson also finished second.

Loyola was led by Colin Schuster, who captured the 145-pound class with a sturdy 9-3 decision over DeMatha's Mike Munno. Broadneck's Houston Zemanski came from behind to edge Middletown's Chad Strube in the 112-pound title bout, and host Arundel (sixth place with 103 points) got an individual title from Jordan Hernadez, who scored a second-period pin over Corbett at 135.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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