The John Carroll wrestling team missed out on a good chance to win the MIAA Tournament at Mt. St Joe Saturday.
"We were up by 14 after day one and feeling really strong going into Saturday," Patriots coach Keith Watson said. "Then, just like the lights going out at the Super Bowl, we lost our momentum when George missed weight. We caught a little fire as Saturday went on, but it wasn't enough."
A mix-up in driving forced the Patriots's George Weber to arrive 15-20 minutes late, according to Watson. Therefore, Weber didn't get to check his weight early enough and when he did, he was two tenths of a pound over.
Without Weber the Patriots were clearly not as strong, but they responded and wrestled well enough to take second.
The Patriots were second to McDonogh (ranked 21st in the country), which had 248 points. John Carroll had 216. Spalding was third with 191.
Individually, senior Scott Strappelli (132 pounds) became John Carroll's first three-time MIAA champ by beating McDonogh's Logan Meister 8-5 in the final. At 170, sophomore Hunter Ritter (seeded second) majored Loyola's Conan Schuster (the number one seed), 8-0. At 106, sophomore, CJ Skokowski lost in the finals to McDonogh's TK Megonigal.
Other place winners for John Carroll were Austin Smith, third-113; Zach Dwyer, third-120; Devin Davis, fifth-126; Artie Milner, third-138; Chris Almony, fourth-152; Christian Scott, fourth-160; Jay Etkins, sixth182; Dan Kelble, fifth-195; and Andy Reninger, fourth-220.
The Patriots will try again this weekend at the Maryland Independent States and this time without Reninger, who has to be away on a trip planned months ago.