Celebrating the new year "Wrestlepalooza" style, the John Carroll Patriots turned back visiting Loyola Wednesday, beating the Dons, 50-26, in a MIAA A Conference dual meet.
The meet didn't start off all that well for the Patriots, who fell behind 12-0 after two losses by pin at 220 and 285 pounds.
John Carroll pulled even over the next two weight classes as CJ Skokowski and Devin Davis each scored six-point victories. Skokowski built up an 11-0 lead early in the third period of his 106 bout with Marcellus Brown. Skokowski then recorded the pin at the 4:52 mark. Davis won without breaking a sweat, winning a forfeit at 113.
Loyola, however, answered back with three consecutive wins. Defending state champ David Mohler edged Patriot Steven Jernigan 4-2 at 120, while Ben Smist needed 3:46 to put away Artie Milner at 126. Walter Johnson closed the Loyola run with a dominating 17-5 major decision over Christian Scott at 132. Johnson used seven takedowns and three late back points to pile up the points.
Johnson's win gave the Dons a 26-12 lead, but the visitors didn't win another match.
"I thought we could win them all once we got to Strappelli," John Carroll coach Keith Watson said after the meet. He was right.
Strappelli started a seven-match win streak that sent the Patriots to the lopsided win.
Strappelli won a 16-1 tech fall at 138 and the Patriots rolled from there. Chris Almony followed with the day's quickest bout, pinning in 15 seconds at 145. George Weber and Hunter Ritter also pinned in 1:40 and 3:15 at 152 and 160, respectively.
At 170, John Carroll senior Zach Donato and Loyola's Kyle Saunders squared off in the best bout of the match. Donato won 5-4 with a winning takedown in the last five seconds of the match.
The Patriots then put the finishing touches on the win as Rob Stahl (182) and Dan Kleble (195) each recorded second period falls.
The Patriots are 3-1 overall and 2-1 in conference action.
Hawks beat Eagles
North Harford defeated visiting Aberdeen, 45-36, in a UCBAC Susquehanna Division dual meet Wednesday that featured 11 pins.
Collecting the pins for the Hawks were Jordan Avig, 120; Logan Smith, 145; Stephen Raynor, 152; Mike Teller, 170 and Dustin Beall, 285. Andrew Miller won by injury default at 195 and Trevor Smith won an 11-4 decision over Dylan Morris at 106 for the Hawks other wins.
All six Aberdeen wins came by pin. Winners were Chris Banko, 126; Daniel Velez, 132; Travis Hubler, 138; Jasaan Beck, 160; Tyler Fletcher, 182; and Adrian Turner, 220.
Huskies earn tri-meet sweep
Patterson Mill improved to 6-1 Tuesday with non-league wins over host Elkton and Perryville. The Huskies came from behind with two late pins to beat Perryville 37-36 on criteria, but they had no trouble in a 72-10 win over Elkton.
Trailing 36-24 with two weight classes to wrestle, the Panthers needed two pins to win the match. At 220 pounds, Eric Eckstein was down 4-1 to Logan Kelly in the second period, then reversed Kelly and got the needed pin.
Connor McLeod followed with a pin over Ryan Figueroa at 285 to force the tie.
Chase Tallon got the Huskies off to a fast start at 106 with a decision, but Perryville won the next four bouts, two by pin, to take an 18-3 lead.
Jason Noss got the Huskies next win, a pin at 138, but the Panthers answered with a pin at 145.
Patterson Mill then put together back-to-back pins with Nick Roney and Devakar Sinha winning at 152 and 160, respectively.
Perryville then won the next two bouts to put the Huskies in the must-win situation. Corey Myers set up the match-winning falls with a decision win at 195.
In the lopsided win over Elkton, the Huskies won 10 weight classes by forfeit. Tallon and Roney each won pins for the Huskies.
Cougars beat Eagles
Host Fallston picked up a Chesapeake Division win Tuesday over visiting Bo Manor, 46-30, in a meet that totaled seven forfeits. Fallston won three and lost four.
Among the Cougars contested winners, Gordon Reilley pinned Malik Hathaway in 1:35 at 152, while at 195, Austin Rutkowski won a 9-0 major decision over Luke Ford. At 285, Jesse Harmon pinned Kieran Dunn in 4:26, while at 106, Joey Medicus won 4-2 over Tyear Castle. Will Shipley won by pin at 126 and Garrett Coburn won a10-3 decision at 138.
Cobras beat Indians
Harford Tech earned a Chesapeake Division win Wednesday evening, beating visiting North East, 46-24. The Cobras won nine of the 14 bouts, including three by forfeit.
The Cobras also got three wins by pin, in succession at 170, 182 and 195. Amari Jones needed just 12 seconds at 170 and Cody Roth went a little longer at 180 with a 44-second fall. Dillon Brush closed out the pins at 195 in 2:32.
Will Hughes got the Cobras rolling with a 9-7 decision at 285, the meet's first match.
Bret Blevins had an 11-7 decision at 126, while Tim Torre was the other Tech grappler to win a contested bout, winning a 15-4 major decision at 152.
Mustangs beat Rams
C. Milton Wright had no trouble in its 72-9 Susquehanna win at Edgewood on Wednesday, winning all but two bouts, including 11 by pin.
Earning the pins were Alex Wienecke, 106; Nick DiMattia, 113; Michael Zito, 120; Elliot Creamer, 126; Spencer Hellman, 132; Brian Jensen, 145; Philip Flint, 160; Doug Their, 170, Michael Glendon, 182; Donte Smith, 195; and Ty Rochester, 220. Cody Smith won by forfeit at 285.
Edgewood's two wins came at 138, where Jairr Jones won an 18-1 tech fall, and at 152, with Shawn Kluchinsky posting an 8-0 major decision.
Iron Horse Duals
The Iron Horse Duals, hosted by C. Milton Wright, will highlight the weekend wrestling action today (Friday) and Saturday, featuring six county teams.
In addition to CMW, other competing county schools are John Carroll, Harford Tech, Patterson Mill, Bel Air and North Harford.
Four rounds will be wrestled today starting at 4 p.m. and five rounds wrestled Saturday beginning at 10:30 a.m.