Old Mill coach Mike Hampe wants his young wrestling team "to get old real fast." Last night the Patriots took steps in that direction.
After crushing Broadneck, 44-15, in the opening match, Old Mill bowed to DeMatha, 39-23. DeMatha is ranked No. 6 by the Maryland State Wrestling Association, Old Mill No. 9.
The major upset in the Old Mill-DeMatha meet was the 4-2 win at 145 by Old Mill's Mike DiLeonardi over Robert Alexander, ranked 1 in the state.
"We're so young," Hampe said. "I'm just looking for improvement. We're experimenting with lineups and trying to overcome a few [academic] eligibility problems."
The way Broadneck wrestling coach John Mayberry figured it, the key matches would be in the 112-, 119- and 189-pound classes.
"If we can win two of those," Mayberry said, "we might be in it."
Broadneck didn't win any of them, losing all by pins -- Jason Bryant over Jimmy Donner, Shawn Radford over Todd Betz and Don Patterson over Matt Superczynski.
The result was that the Bruins had a long evening. Old Mill, the five-time state 3A-4A champion, cruised to its fourth straight victory.
Two years ago, Broadneck stunned Old Mill, ending the Patriots' meet winning streak. Mayberry remembered that fondly, but dismissed it as ancient history. "That was a long time ago," he said. "They whupped us bad last year.
"We wrestled well for us," Mayberry said after Broadneck evened its record at 2-2. "We're not a great team. But we wrestled as well as we can wrestle. We'll learn from this and go on to our next meet [tomorrow] against Southern.