Mt. St. Joe wins 2nd straight MIS state wrestling title

Back at helm, coach Triplett leads Gaels to championship

February 20, 2010|By Todd Karpovich | Special to The Baltimore Sun

Before the season, there were some questions surrounding the Mount St. Joseph wrestling program after its coach decided to step down and three key wrestlers transferred.

However, Paul Triplett, who previously won 10 consecutive Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference titles as the Gaels' coach, returned, and Mount St. Joseph proceeded to dominate opponents.

The top-ranked Gaels continued their reign Saturday by winning their second consecutive Maryland Independent Schools State Wrestling Tournament at McDonogh, finishing with 256 points, ahead of Georgetown Prep (205) and Archbishop Spalding (187.5). The Gaels finished the regular season 14-0 in dual meets and also won their second consecutive and 26th overall MIAA championship last week.

"I had been out of the room for probably 10 years, so I think the kids were a little nervous," Triplett said. "Frankly, I was little nervous because I had been out so long. But these guys worked hard, and they bought into what I was doing."

No. 14 Loyola and No. 4 McDonogh tied for fourth with 184 points, followed by DeMatha (178.5), Saint Paul's (165.5), No. 12 John Carroll (159), No. 6 Archbishop Curley (154.5) and Gilman (101.5).

The Gaels had two champions: Brady Massaro at 140 pounds and Karl Green at 285.

St. Paul's had an exceptional showing with the most individual sophomore champions: Eric Friedman (119), Pete Galli (130) and Brad Mutchnick (145).

"At the beginning of the year, I told them their most important weapon was their head," St. Paul's coach Jay Braunstein said. "It took them two months to buy into that. We went to two really tough tournaments in the beginning of the year, and we didn't fare really well. They got beat up. But they learned from that. They just decided they didn't want to be the kid that got beat up."

At 103 pounds, Cole Gallagher of No. 5 Archbishop Spalding handed Jason Murphy of Landon his first loss in 25 matches. Gallagher fell behind 2-0 early in the match but then took control by managing to stay on his feet.

"I knew he was going to attack and he was really good at [grabbing] legs," Gallagher said. "Unfortunately, in the first period, I got caught in a lateral drop and got put on my back from that. I knew I had to wrestle twice as hard as I was wrestling before."

Spalding's Charlie Lynch also finished first at 135. At 112, Scott Strappelli of John Carroll beat Daniel Sanchez of Georgetown Prep, 4-3 in overtime, avenging a loss earlier in the season.

At 152, Mathew Miller of John Carroll pinned Tyler Rill of Mount Saint Joseph in five minutes. Gus Moreno of Loyola also got a pin at 160 over Avery Williams of Curley in 14 seconds. Calvert Hall's Tony Gardner won at 189 after winning the same title at the MIAA tournament. McDonogh's Scott Patrick prevailed at 171.

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