Calvert Hall might not have seemed like that much of a threat to Gilman Wednesday night. The Cardinals had lost by at least 20 points to Boys' Latin, Mount St. Joseph and Archbishop Spalding to start the season.
But the Greyhounds needed senior Connor Webb's pin in the final bout at 220 pounds to prevail over the host Cardinals, 33-27, in Towson in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference match.
It looked like Calvert Hall would get blown out after falling behind, 24-0.
"A couple of Calvert Hall guys stepped up and got pins, which made it a lot closer than I thought it was going to be," said Gilman coach Bryn Holmes, whose lineup was missing starters Garrett Pfeifer (182, sick) and Matt Slodzinski (195, injury). "Calvert Hall wrestled really well. We wrestled OK."
Webb gave the Greyhounds the win after he pinned Matt Commadori in 21 seconds.
"Having Connor being a senior captain and taking our last match," Holmes said. "I wouldn't have it any other way. To have him finish off the match was perfect."
Gilman jumped out to a 24-0 lead after Shane Cockerille (285, 5-0) and Jack King (120) recorded pins and Matt Siems (113) and Luigi Mangione (106) gained forfeits.
Calvert Hall, however, took the next five matches to trim the lead to 24-21.
Kyle Haig (126), Austin Seivold (132, 7-2) and Ian Park (152) won decisions while Gram Davis (138) and Noah Koski (145) registered pins.
Then, Gilman's Sam Wancowicz (160) blanked Parker Brown, 4-0, before the Greyhounds' Teddy Swindell (170) scored a 9-2 decision over Steve Bullen to extend the advantage to 33-21.
But Calvert Hall made the final match count after Joe Scott (182) pinned Luke Franklin in 3:49 and Isaiah Gonzalez got a forfeit (195).
"We expected it to be close," Calvert Hall coach Roy Lobdell said. "Where they are strong, we are weak. Where we are weak, they are strong."