Annapolis played host to last night's tri-meet with No. 11 Broadneck and No. 13 Arundel, but the visitors -- especially the Wildcats' upper weights -- took center stage.
Trailing Broadneck 16-15, the Wildcats (3-0) used three pins to take a 33-16 lead with three bouts left, all but locking up the win with Arundel heavyweight John Noon yet to wrestle.
A major decision by Jake Schaffer (171 pounds) and a pin by Matt Superczynski (189, 5-0) brought the Bruins (2-1) within 33-26, but Noon (6-0, five pins) earned a pin in 3:13 to pad Arundel's 39-26 win.
"We needed to win a match between 145 and 160 and we couldn't get it," said Broadneck's 11th-year coach John Mayberry, whose 42-29 win over Annapolis (1-2) was his 100th career victory.
In that match, there were just two decisions with nine pins -- five for the Bruins -- a technical fall by Annapolis' Justin Hans (103) and a forfeit to Superczynski.
James Donner (112), Todd Betz (119), Lonnie Donner (125) and Isaac Putnam (135) had Broadneck's pins, and Joe Yancy (145) and Pete Borradaile (heavyweight) the decisions.
"It's pretty nice to win 100," Mayberry said. "But you don't do that without good wrestlers, and Arundel had the better ones tonight."
The Wildcats, 42-19 winners over Annapolis, proved that against Broadneck with pins by Isaac Haertfel (145) -- who overcame a 2-0 deficit -- Mark Chesla (152, 5-1, five pins) and Geoff Taylor (160) for the permanent lead.
Taylor also had an 8-6 upset victory over Annapolis' best wrestler, Dan Buckingham, and Annapolis' double-winners were Hans, Morgan Hurt (130), Mike Zambernardi (140).
"We were pretty confident and we were counting on those pins," said Chesla, a junior who scored two first-period pins last night. "We've got a young team, but we're looking to surprise some people."
Arundel led Broadneck 9-3 after the first five bouts, with Casey Harrington (103) getting a decision and Phil Meenan (119, 6-0) his fourth fall of the year in 39 seconds.
After Broadneck's James Donner (112) won a decision, Mayberry moved his regulars from 119 to 135 up a weight class, going 3-1 in those bouts for a 16-15 lead. Arundel's Tim Kelly (135) had a pin, but the Bruins countered with Betz's technical fall at 125 and major decisions from Lonnie Donner (130) and Putnam (140).
"The move was successful and those guys came through," Mayberry said. "But I knew Arundel had good upper weights."