Mount St. Joseph had a comfortable lead over its rivals in last night's 74th annual Maryland Scholastic Association Tournament at Gilman.
The Gaels (221 points) led surprise runner-up McDonogh (137) in going for their 19th crown. They have six finalists with Jake Lissau (112 pounds), fourth-ranked Russell WRESTLING
Fecteau (125, 27-5), top-ranked David Inkman (130, 27-3), top-ranked Paul Scott (140, 23-3), top-ranked defending champ Danny DeVivo (160, 24-3) and fourth-ranked Kenny Hunter (heavyweight, 23-5).
But it gets tougher today, as Lissau meets Calvert Hall's Brian Kapp (19-4) in a rematch of a 9-7 win, and Inkman faces Loyola's third-ranked Jason Gibson (22-1), a 7-3 winner over Mervo's city champ McAnthony Thompson (17-1).
Fecteau, an 18-4 winner over Mervo's city champ Wayne Lucas (11-2), faces Boys' Latin's Mike Harrison (125, 9-1, eight pins), who pinned Fecteau last year and decked last night's three opponents in 1:26.
DeVivo won last year's title bout over McDonogh's fourth-ranked Martius Harding (19-5), an 11-4 winner over Friends' sixth-ranked Matt Bonds (23-3), and Hunter (19 pins) tackles Mervo's fifth-ranked city champ Shawn Brodie (22-1, 13 pins).
The Gaels' fifth-ranked MSA champ, Tyran Dungee (135, 24-7) lost after an illegal slam of Dunbar's city champ Hermondoz Thompson (13-1). St. Paul's top-ranked Steve Truitt (23-0, 13 pins), a defending champ, expected a rematch after beating Dungee twice this year.
McDonogh's top-ranked J. R. Plienis (189, 21-2) got his 15th fall of the year over city champion Rashad Kitchen (13-3) and meets Jamie Biddison (24-3), an overtime winner against John Carroll's No. 6 Greg Stotler (26-4). Plienis and Biddison split bouts this season.
Calvert Hall's top-ranked defending champ Gino Amasia (103, 17-0, 12 pins) faces Gilman's Maakan Taghizadeh, a 1-0 winner over Southwestern's city champ Dorian Paul (18-4), and Walbrook's two-time city champ, Jamil Stoakley (171, 22- 2, 15 pins) meets St. Paul's Pete Karvounis (21-3).
Dunbar's sixth-ranked, two-time city champ Bruce Pendles (119, 15-1, 12 pins) meets another sixth-ranked wrestler in McDonogh's Dave Trudil (17-2), a winner over last year's runner-up, Ashley Harrison (21-2), for the second time this year.