Mount St. Joseph's Danny DeVivo, a true 160-pounder, overcame a 5-4 deficit for a 23-6 technical-fall win over McDonogh's top-ranked Chris Brown (171) and his second straight Annapolis tournament title last night.
DeVivo, ranked No. 2 at 160 by the Maryland State Wrestling Association, scored nine of 12 backpoints in the second period during a tournament that was a runaway for top-ranked winner Mount St. Joseph (241 points), which breezed past 12 other teams.
"I'm glad I had to wrestle on the mat tonight. I'd been using take-downs mostly," said DeVivo (8-0), who earned an OT win against Old Mill's state champ Marc Procaccini for last year's crown. "People may have started doubting my talent in other areas -- until tonight."
The 18-time Maryland Scholastic Association champion Gaels outdistanced runner-up and fifth-ranked Francis Scott Key (163.5), with champs in DeVivo, No. 1 Paul Scott (140, 6-1), No. 6 David Inkman (130, 7-0) and Kenny Hunter (heavyweight, 7-1). They had runners-up in No. 5 MSA champ Tyran Dungee (135), Seth St. Vincent (160), Russell Fecteau (130), Jake Lissau (112), Dan Mattson (119) and two fourth-place finishers in Eric Schaffer (103) and Brian Mewshaw (152).
Dungee lost his title bout, 3-1, to Key's top-ranked state champ Randy Owings, an All-Metro who pinned Dungee last year. Key also had runner-up Ryan Etzler (103), third-place finishers Chris Beale (140), Zac Yinger (145) and Steve Lessard (125).
No. 12 Broadneck (122.5) was fourth behind DeMatha (155.5) with 6-foot-5 champ Matt Supercynski (189, 4-0), third-place finishers Todd Betz (119), Jake Schaeffer (171) and Pete Boradaile (heavyweight), with James Donner (112) and Isaac Putnam (135) taking fourth.
Southern-AA's third-ranked sophomore state runner-up Tyrone Neal Jr. (125, 4-0) won, 3-2, over Fecteau on a stalling call with 12 seconds left. Fecteau's 6-0 semifinal win was over Carroll County runner-up Steve Lessard (Francis Scott Key), who beat Neal in overtime last year.
Calvert Hall's fourth-ranked MSA champ Gino Amasia (103, 6-0) had a technical fall and pins of 39 and 35 seconds. Second-ranked Crofton resident Todd Beckerman (112), a National Prep champ wrestling for DeMatha, blanked three opponents.