Top-ranked McDonogh (15-3) scored 34 unanswered points, after no. 2 Mount St. Joe opened the match with a pin, and cruised to a 44-25 victory Friday night at McDonogh.
Four Eagles were honored on senior night and seniors Toby Hague (160) and Bobby Twigg (152) went out in style with victories.
Hague (32-5) defeated Sam Rowell, 10-4, for the 153rd win of his career.
“That is huge for him to be in the mix with wrestlers with 150 wins,” McDonogh coach Pete Welch said..
Twigg (145) won a 15-0 technical fall over Justin Langeluttig.
St. Joe (13-1) took an early 6-0 lead when Shawn Orem decked Riley Blakewell at 132 pounds.
McDonogh answered with wins from Sam Martino (22-7 technical fall), Cameron Harrell (forfeit), Twigg, Hague, Ryan Welsh (pin), Myles Martin (forfeit) and Mike Smith (5-3 decision).
The Gaels finally stemmed the tide when Dan Hawkins (220) pinned Mike Romfelt in 36 seconds, but McDonogh’s Wyatt Cook answered the fall with a pin of Shane Lowman at heavyweight for a 40-12 lead.
St. Joe’s Vince Oneto (106) earned a first-period pin, but McDonogh sophomore TK Megonigal (112) won a 9-1 decision before the Gaels’ Malik Woody controlled Alex Kline, 16-8.
That set up the closest match of the night in the finale at 126 pounds and St. Joe senior Zeke Salvo scored a takedown with one second left in the third period to earn a hard-fought 6-5 decision over freshman Quinn Devaney.
“I was so proud of Quinn,” Welch said. “It was a great match, but you can never relax in wrestling.”
Devaney, a Catonsville resident, had taken a 5-2 lead midway through the second period after a reversal and two near fall points, but Salvo crept back on an escape with five seconds left in the second period and another one 30 seconds into the final period.
“He was a real tough opponent,” said Salvo, who won a championship earlier this season at the Mount Mat Madness tournament.
Although the match was decided by the time Salvo took the mat, he was impressed with the home team.
“I’ve got to give a lot of credit to them,” Salvo said. “They have an awesome team.”
The Eagles also proved to be pretty flexible as Welch moved several wrestlers up in weight classes to get better matchups.
132: Orem (MSJ) fall Blakewell (M) 3:13
138: Martino (M) tech. fall Schuster (MSJ) 22-7
145: Harrell (M) won forfeit
152: Twigg (M) tech. fall Langeluttig (MSJ) 15-0
160: Hague (M) dec. Rowell (MSJ) 6-3
170: Welsh (M) fall Hendricks (MSJ) 3:25
182: Martin (M) won forfeit
195: Smith (M) dec. L. Rill (MSJ) 5-3
220: Hawkins (MSJ) fall Romfelt (M) :36
285: Cook (M) fall Lowman (MSJ) 1:47
106: Oneto (MSJ) fall Lindsey (M) 1:37
113: Megonigal (M) dec. O. Rill (MSJ) 9-1
119: Woody (MSJ) dec. Kline (M) 16-8
126: Salvo (MSJ) dec Devaney (M)