Powell's big pin wraps up tight win for Friars

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December 17, 2008|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,sandra.mckee@baltsun.com

Archbishop Curley heavyweight Tony Powell sat with his teammates, watching a 27-point lead dwindle to nothing last night against Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference rival Loyola.

Then Powell, who described himself as "a nervous wreck," walked onto the mat and pinned his opponent, Doug Shaw, with 75 seconds left in the final period to give the Friars a 37-31 victory.

"It was a tough match," said Powell, a senior. "But I saw what was coming, the headlock, and I took advantage of it. He got off balance, and I took him down and pinned him. I was a nervous wreck, but when I got on the mat, I calmed down."

No. 5 Curley (7-1) charged out of the gate with six straight weight-class wins, including pins by Vince Scarinzi (103 pounds) and Brett Przywara (119) and a 12-0 major decision by Joe Nelson (112). But then No. 10 Loyola's Will Flynn (140) scored with an 11-2 major decision and the Dons had life.

They won five of the next six weight classes - four with pins by Colin Schuster (152), Gus Moreno (160), T.J. Robinson (171) and Drew Simmons (215) - to set the stage for Powell and Shaw, who had met more than once and beaten each other. Last night there was little to separate the two.

"I actually thought this match would be like this," Curley coach Gregg Kessler said. "I've been doing my homework. I saw the results of their match with McDonogh, and tonight they were devoted to taking us down. In the locker room, we chanted 'Tony is a hero.' He went out there and believed in himself. It's rare a guy with that much pressure on him has that kind of faith."

Across the mat, Loyola coach Steve Truitt was feeling the sting of the close loss.

"I'm pleased with the effort but disappointed in the results," said Truitt, whose team is 1-2 in dual matches. "This is the second tough loss in a row. Losing to No. 2 McDonogh by two points and now to Curley like this. Our kids really work hard, and I know a win in one of these kinds of matches would really inspire them."

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