Loyola Blakefield turned senior night at Mount St. Joseph into an historic Friday night for the Dons as they sprinted to a 32-12 lead and held on for a 41-24 dual meet victory.
The match was still undecided when Loyola's Jordan Jenkins and David Gurski took the mat at 220 pounds and the Dons clinging to a 32-24 lead.
Jenkins took a 1-0 lead into the third period and countered a shot by Gurski with a takedown with 37 seconds left on his way to a 5-1 decision that clinched the match.
Loyola coach Steve Truitt doesn't know exactly when the last time the Dons won a dual meet match over St. Joe.
"It was a long time ago," he said. "It's a great feeling to beat a team with a history like Mount St. Joe."
The key to the victory was five pins for the Dons — compared to only one for the Gaels.
Matt Callahan opened the match with a pin at 106 for the Dons, but St. Joe's Malik Woody answered with a first-period pin at 113.
Defending Maryland Independent School state champion David Mohler (36-1), of Loyola, pinned Justin Langeletti, 1:24 into the first period, and the Dons never trailed again.
"I was just trying to get the pin and get out of there because I knew it was an important match," said Mohler, who lives in Catonsville. "I had him in a cradle, but I didn't have the arm locked up, so I let go of that and got the arm locked up."
Winning his match was special, but he was more excited about beating the Gaels.
"I know the tradition and they have all the banners on the wall," he said. "I think Loyola has only done this once or twice, so it's great to come down here for a couple hometown fans and get it done."
Following a forfeit win at 136 by Pat Smist, that extended the lead to 18-6, St. Joe's Seth Rowell won a tight 3-1 decision over Ben Smist at 132, making it 18-9.
Walter Johnson's 7-3 decision over St. Joe's Jimmy Klose (138) was followed by a third-period pin by Loyola's Jake Nordhausen over Jimmy Sarbanes and a first-period pin by Loyola's Joe Moreno.
At 160, Mount St. Joe senior Kyle Berlin, shook off the rust of two weeks off the mat (ringworm), and controlled Michael Bregenzer in a 5-3 decision, in his final home dual meet in Irvington.
Defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and state champion Tyler Rill followed Berlin's victory with an 11-4 decision over Conan Schuster (170) and the Gaels trailed 32-15.
"I'm happy," Rill said. "He's a great wrestler and I knew it was going to be a tough match going into it. I would like to get a pin on my senior night, but I didn't expect to pin him."
Dan Hawkins won a forfeit at 182 and senior Matt Lucas (195) toughed out a 6-4 decision over Tamar Boone to pull the Gaels within eight, 32-24, but Jenkins ended the suspense and Jordan Jenkins ended the match with a pin at 285.
"That's (pins) the difference in tight matches," Truitt said. "It's the bonus points."
Bonuses all throughout the lineup.
"The guys worked really hard," Truitt said. "They are a coachable bunch and they just came up big — everyone from top to bottom. I couldn't be more proud of them."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun