Three Mount St. Joseph Standouts To Transfer

Coach Resigns

Varsity Wrestling

August 20, 2009|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,

Frankie and Tyler Goodwin, two of Mount St. Joseph's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and Maryland Independent Schools wrestling champions, will transfer to Arundel High this fall.

Their Gaels teammate, Alex Rice, who was a runner-up in the MIAA and private schools state tournaments as a freshman in 2007 before sitting out most of last season with a knee injury, is also leaving. He is expected to attend Chesapeake High, another Anne Arundel County public school.

"We've lost a couple studs," said Mount St. Joseph coach Kirk Salvo, who said he is also stepping down. "It will bring us back to the pack a little. I think we would have been unstoppable this coming year if everyone had come back."

Salvo, who coached the Gaels to the MIAA championship last season, said his decision to resign was based partly on economic concerns and partly on family issues. He has children in high, middle and elementary schools, "and 17 weekends away from home is a little too much to put entirely on my wife," he said. "And financially on my end, again, it is a sign of the times. Economically, $5,000 for what is basically a full-time job for four months is asking a lot.

"I feel I've given to the program. The team, a large part of the team, will be seniors. I've coached them for three years, and they've heard my message. Now Paul [Triplett, former wrestling coach and current Mount St. Joseph athletic director] will step back in, and I think it is a good thing. They can't do better than having Paul Triplett."

Triplett led the Gaels to the MIS championship in 1995 and the MIAA title in each of his 11 years as coach.

Meanwhile, at Arundel, Jim Rubush, who will be in his second year as the Wildcats' coach, said his timetable for winning a state public school title just got "bumped up."

"It's exciting news," Rubush said. "Two kids aren't going to win you a state championship. We need a few more of our kids to step up. But there is no question they'll put you up there in contention."

Senior Frankie Goodwin won the MIAA and MIS state titles at 119 pounds last season and was second in the National Preps competition. He finished with a 34-5 record and was a first-team All-Metro selection.

Tyler Goodwin will be a sophomore. He placed first in the MIAA 112-pound class last season, compiling a 39-8 record, and was named second-team All-Metro.

Rice recovered from his knee injury and this summer finished fifth at 130 pounds in the National Preps competition and sixth at 125 pounds in the world tournament in Reno, Nev.

"They're going to make us more competitive on more than one level," Rubush said. "Just as important as their winning matches will be the fact that they will bring our practice level up. I can assure you, everyone is ecstatic about the prospects."

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