By Tom Worgo, firstname.lastname@example.org
9:55 PM EST, January 15, 2014
Loyola Blakefield captured nine of the last 10 matches to cruise past host Boys' Latin, 52-17, in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference match Wednesday.
Sophomores Cody Schumaker (132 pounds), Nick Moreno (160) and Alex Caltrider (195) each recorded pins to led the Dons over a Lakers squad that was missing five starters because of injury and illness.
Loyola improved to 7-1 overall and 3-1 in the league.
"A lot of underclassmen really stepped up," Loyola coach Steve Truitt said. "BL has a good team and I didn't see this coming. I thought it would be a lot closer, but there were bunch of swing matches in there that made a big difference for us."
Boys' Latin (9-3 overall, 3-1 league) didn't do much after Kahlan Lee-Lermer (106, 20-6) scored a 10-2 decision over Matthew Lala and Nick Malinowski (112) won by forfeit to give the Lakers a 10-0 lead.
After Loyola's Matthew Callahan gained a forfeit at 120 and the Lakers' Hunter Cotsoradis (126) won, 4-0, over Marcellus Brown, the Dons prevailed in five straight bouts to go ahead, 21-13.
The run was highlighted by Schumaker (8-5) pinning Evan Gaines in 4:54 at 132, and James Moses (12-9) beating Nate Malinowski, 5-3, at 145.
Gaines had an 8-0 lead on Schumaker.
"When Schumaker came back and caught that kid in a headlock, that was a 12-point swing right there," Truitt said. "And James Moses beat a very good kid in Malinowski. Those two matches really kind of swung the momentum in our favor and we didn't really look back."
Walter Johnson (152, 20-1), who finished first in three tournaments this season, including the Mount Mat Madness, and Neil Amaral (182, 12-7) also won decisions for Loyola.
Evan Dohler (170, 18-1) accounted for the Lakers' other points when he topped John Edwards, 16-2.
But Boys' Latin coach Drew Haugh was thinking about the four forfeits his team gave up after the match.
"We are beat up, sick and hurting," the coach said. "We had a lot of forfeits. We might have won a couple of more matches if not for the forfeits. But the bottom line is they are better."