No. 10 John Carroll routs Gilman at Wrestlepalooza, 65-7

In 1st varsity match, Grimm records pin at 1:43 mark

December 08, 2010|By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun

No. 10 John Carroll's 189-pound wrestler, Chris Grimm, really didn't know what to expect when he walked onto the mat for his 189-pound match against Gilman's Andrew Riina on Wednesday evening at the Patriots' Wrestlepalooza to begin the season.

Already an Elvis impersonator had "sung" the national anthem, his team was leading by a huge margin on its way to a 65-7 victory and a person in a gorilla suit was throwing T-shirts into a crowd of about 300 fans. What other unusual things could happen?

How about a senior in his first year on varsity, in his first varsity match, winning with a pin after using a move he'd never tried before?

That would be Grimm, who summed up his match as "surprisingly short."

"I just decided to wing it," said Grimm, who after two junior varsity seasons has moved up to varsity. "I tripped him. I'd never done that in a match before. And he fell on his back for me. I think it was nice of him. I did throw in a half nelson and held it to get the pin."

The pin, one of six for John Carroll and one of four in a row to conclude the match, came in 1:43 of the first period. Only John Carroll's Dan Froehlich's shoulders-to-the-mat performance was quicker, at a minute flat at 135 pounds.

"I was surprised my match went that well," Grimm said. "I wanted to win. I just didn't expect it to be that quick."

When John Carroll coach Keith Watson booked the match, he didn't expect things to go this way either. Gilman, young and developing, doesn't have its full team yet, as its players are still in the process of getting weight certifications. Because of that, Gilman coach Henry Franklin had to forfeit matches at 103, 119 and 125, and then shuffle a number of wrestlers among the upper classes just to get them some experience.

"Obviously, it isn't what we wanted, and Gilman would have loved a 33-34 match," Watson said. "But everyone goes through up and down seasons. And we learned from it. We learned we have to step it up. We need more intensity. We wrestled to our opponents. But for the first time out, we did OK. "

Gilman's Franklin said his wrestlers also learned from the match, in which his Greyhounds earned points from Cal Riorda, a 22-9 major decision, and Brandon Smith, who took a 6-2 win.

"I told my team the result was not from a lack of effort but from the fact that we ran into a team with a lot more experience," Franklin said. "I told them it is good to be tested now. Now they know what they have to work on, and they have time to work on it if it's important to them to be ready for the postseason tournaments."

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