Gaels do a number on Gilman


Gilman is the last Maryland team to have beaten Mount St. Joseph in wrestling -- a 29-28 victory in 1988.

And after last night's 44-18 loss at top-ranked Mount St. Joseph, the No. 11 Greyhounds (11-4, 8-1) will have to wait another year for their next shot.

Seth St. Vincent (160) got his 20th victory in the first period as the homestanding Gaels (8-0 league and overall) put the match mathematically out of reach, 32-12, all but securing their 19th Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference crown -- their sixth in seven seasons under coach Paul Triplett.

The Gaels' top-ranked Danny DeVivo (171, 22-3) nailed his 10th fall of the season in 2:23, and fourth-ranked Kenny Hunter (heavyweight, 20-5) had the fastest fall on the night in 53 seconds.

For the Greyhounds, Jamie Biddison (189) closed with a fall in 1:53. Biddison was coming off of last week's 4-3 upset victory over McDonogh's top-ranked J. R. Plienis.

Gilman was without one of its best wrestlers, Greg Plitt (145), who is out for the season with an injured shoulder, a fact that forced the Greyhounds to juggle their lineup.

"You can't look back and play the what-if game," said Gilman coach Chris Legg. "I thought St. Joe just came out too strong for us, but I'm proud of my kids."

Gilman led, 6-0, after Maakan Taghizadeh (103) got his sixth dual-meet fall in 1:18, but the Gaels swept the next six bouts for a 26-6 lead, including a fall in 1:18 by fourth-ranked Russell Fecteau (125, 26-4).

MSA runner-up Jake Lissau (112) got his 22nd victory, and freshman Dan Mattson (119) his 21st, by decision and major decision, respectively. Then came a 6-0 decision by top-ranked David Inkman (130, 22-3) over Tom Knowles, and a forfeit to fifth-ranked MSA champ Tyran Dungee (135, 23-6).

Top-ranked Paul Scott (140, 21-3) led only 4-3 against Kirk Caldroney midway through the first period before winning 16-3, including eight back points.

It was 26-12 after decisions by Gilman's John Bond (145), a 152-pound regular, and Mike Kim (152), a 160-pound regular. Bond hung on for a 6-4 decision over Dave Lamore and Kim blanked Brian Mewshaw, 6-0.

"I'm sure they were looking for pins there. Dropping those kids was a smart move, it just didn't work out," said Triplett, who is 99-18 over nine seasons -- 81-3 at Mount St. Joseph.

Knowles, only a sophomore, has gone the distance with some veterans, including an overtime loss to No. 3 Jason Gibson (Loyola) and a 10-6 loss to No. 6 Steve Kessler (Owings Mills).

"I knew it would be close. He's a stud," said Inkman, who won on a takedown, an escape and a reversal. "The whole team was keyed up for this match, and it was an important win."

Scott, in his first match back from a shoulder injury, admitted to being sluggish. "It took me awhile to get into it, and I was a little sloppy," he said. "I was getting tired and dying toward the end, so I need to get in better shape."

The Gaels were without Eric Schaffer (103, 21-12), whom Triplett figured would give Taghizadeh a battle in the night's first bout. But without Schaffer, who has a knee injury, a JV substitute had to wrestle.

"I know they were counting on six points [a pin] at 103 after that, and another six at 189," Triplett said.

The Greyhounds got both, but neither was enough to offset the Gaels' middleweight veterans.

The Greyhounds get another shot at the Gaels in this weekend's MSA Tournament, where Mount St. Joseph will vie for its 19th team crown.

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