|McDonogh dominates in dual with Spalding|
Page 1 of 2Eagles pin five in 50-15 victory
In an amazing display of dominance, McDonogh lost only four of the 14 bouts and received a 48-second fall from MIAA champion Xavi Ramos (138) among five pins overall in Friday night's 50-15 triumph over Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference rival Archbishop Spalding.
The defending MIAA champion Eagles got other first-period pins from National Preps runner-up Myles Martin (170), Bobby Twigg (152) and Travis Woood (220), as well as a second-period fall from MIIAA runner-up Tyler Patrick (182).
Also for the Eagles, there were major decisions National Preps champ and two-time state title-winner Jack Clark (145) and freshman TK Megonigal (113), as well as decisions from Sam Martino (126) and Mike Smith (195) to go with a forfeit to MIAA champion Toby Hague (160).
The visiting Cavaliers' had a 21-second fall by Melvin Gowl (285) and decisions from Joey LaMore (106), Matt Van Scoyoc (120) and Matt Pente (132), with Pente's 2-1, overtime rideout victory tying his two-year, series record against McDonogh senior Logan Meister at 2-2.
A 15-year-old sophomore, Smith scored a 3-2 victory over the Cavaliers' Zach Abey. Abey's earlier, 11-5 triumph over Mount St. Joseph's Dan Hawkins had come over an opponent who had vanquished Smith in overtime.
"It was definitely a close match between two guys who were going to go out there and work hard, but I was pretty sure, going into the match, that I was going to be able to beat him," said Smith.
"I just had to stick to my game plan and wrestle well, and that's exactly what I did. I knew that we would have to battle it out, and that it would be one of those matches that could have gone either way,"
Smith, who is 27-5, got the jump on Abey with an early takedown.
"Right off the whistle, like in the first five seconds, I was able to get the takedown pretty much right away when I shot in and single-legged him. I escaped from him in the second period," said Smith.
"He escaped after I took him down and he escaped in the third period. He got in on a few deep shots, but I was able to funk and split out of them. I also got in on two other pretty good shots and wasn't able to to capitalize, but I won the match."
A year ago, Meister won two of three meetings with Pente, a junior who was third ahead of Meister at MIAAs last season, but who finished fifth to Meister's third at the private schools state tournament.
Entering Friday's match up, Pente's lone league loss had come by the score of 7-2 opposite John Carroll's state runner-up Scott Strappelli, who came up with a third-period pin against Meister after having trailed throughout out their bout.
"We kind of knew, going in, that they faced some disadvantages as a team," said Pente. "But I was wrestling for the team and also for seeding. Either way, I knew that either Logan or I was going to be seeded number two or three."
After a scoreless first-period, Meister's escape gave him a 1-0 lead. Pente said, however, that he tied the bout with his own escape with "15 or 20 seconds left" in regulation.
"I took down in the third period, and I took down. He rode me out for a good minute and 30 seconds. We knew each other pretty well. In the overtime, no one scored. We did a lot of hand-fighting and no one could get in on any really good shots," said Pente.
"I rode him out and he rode me out, and he picked down, and I was able to hold him down for the win. I knew that it would come down to conditioning, and we went into overtime and the final rideout, and I just had to pull through. It's a setback for the team, but it does gives me a lot of confidence going into the tournaments."
Last Updated (Saturday, 02 February 2013 00:57)