Gilman coach Bryn Holmes understands that forfeiting at two weight classes and by having two freshmen and four sophomores in the starting lineup, the Greyhounds could take their lumps.
Wednesday was one such night.
Archbishop Curley captured seven of the final eight bouts — including five by pin — to defeat the Greyhounds, 57-18, in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference opener for both schools Wednesday in Roland Park.
Brock Bushyager (195 pounds), Brooks Eibner (145), Michael King (113), Kai Lee (160), Morgan McColgan (182), Kevin Sigwart (285) and Tyshawn Williams (132) recorded pins for Curley.
“We have a lot of young and inexperienced guys out there,” said Holmes, a third-year coach. “I am really just looking to get them some experience. I graduated four seniors, who were solid guys. It’s tough to replace guys like that.”
Still, Holmes saw some bright spots against Curley.
Freshman Braeden Alevizatos (120) and sophomoe Matt Siems (126) won decisions and Garrett Pfeifer (220) and junior Ryan Khim (138) had pins to account for Gilman’s points.
The Greyhounds stayed close to the Friars for a little while.
After Curley's Brenden Hollingsworth (106) was the benefactor of a forfeit, King (113) pinned freshman Drew Franklin in 1:52.
But Gilman cut the lead to 12-6 on Alevizatos and Siems' decisions.
Two bouts later, at 138, Khim recorded a pin in 1:11 to cut the advantage to six points again.
But the Greyhounds forfeited to senior Corey Huntley at 145, and the rest of the match belonged to Curley as the Friars took six straight bouts -- the last two by pin.
Pfeifer, who placed fourth in the MIAA tournament last year, ended that stretch by pinning senior Derrick Lifsey in 1:02.
"We have a couple of guys trying to lose weight and fill some slots," Pfeifer said. "After a week or so, I think we will have a full roster and be stronger than we showed tonight."