DeMatha lost by four points to No. 2 Mount St. Joseph in the Archbishop Curley Tournament eight days ago, but one week made a big difference.
The Hyattsville wrestlers, coached by Columbia resident Dick Messier, exacted revenge at yesterday's Annapolis Tournament. The Stags (217 points) had four individual champs in routing the runner-up Gaels (179.5, two champs) and dethroning two-time champion Altoona, Pa. (168, one).
Howard county's only participant in the 13-school tournament was Centennial, which finished last on just 12 team points.
DeMatha freshman Tony Rodrigues (125, 7-1) keyed the two-time National Prep champs by avenging an earlier loss to the Gaels' Kyle Chiaverrini, 7-2, in the semifinals, before a 9-6 title bout win over Northern's three-time region champ Eric Miller.
"We had a real tough week of practices. All we cared about was beating St. Joe," said Rodrigues, who was joined in victory by teammates Drew Robertson (135, 8-0), Billy Phillips (152, 8-0) and Will Lewis (heavyweight, 4-0).
The Gaels got a reversal of their own as Erik Shafer (140, 7-1) scored a buzzer-beating reversal of DeMatha's Wes Cummings (6-1) for a 5-4 decision. Cummings had beaten him, 6-2, at Curley.
"I wanted to keep my cool and beat him down on the mat. I shook off last week and made this like our first meeting," said Shafer, a two-time state runner-up who then watched teammate Dan Mattson (145, 8-0, five pins) hammer Altoona's Rafe Hite, 13-4.
Another nice bout featured Calvert Hall's Rob Johns (130, 7-0, five pins) scoring a take-down and three near-fall points in the final 10 seconds for a 16-14 decision over Francis Scott Key's Matt Yinger (3-1), who had come off a 13-7 victory over county champ Rich Sampson (Old Mill).
"He was pretty physical, with a lot of throws, but I hung in there and tired him out," said Johns, who later watched teammate Leonard Manfredo (160, 4-1) score a 6-5 upset over the Gaels' Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association runner-up Ron Cooper (7-3).
Westminster's Ray Henry (189, 3-0) led 6-3 when St. Mary's Ernie Listman (6-1, five pins), still woozy from an earlier slam call against Henry, decided he couldn't continue and defaulted.
Old Mill's county champ Chris Combs (112, 3-0) avenged an off-season loss with a 2-1 win over Westminster's two-time county and region champ Bobby Biden (2-1), who had come off a 5-3 semifinal upset of Calvert Hall's state runner-up Chris Hanlon.
Dan Hemminger (103, 4-0) became Annapolis' first champ since Pat Flynn (1990) with a 10-1 rout of Gilman's Tyrone Bowie (2-1).
St. Mary's Josh White (171, 5-1) was unable to win his second straight title, because Altoona's Rob Horon (3-0) scored an overtime take-down to win, 6-4. A finalist as a freshman, White led 4-3 before being penalized a point for locking hands at the buzzer. Horon, a finalist last year, won his second Annapolis crown.
jTC Also wrestling well for the Gaels was Howard County resident Chiaverrini, who took third with a 13-10 decision of Carroll County champ Grant Lindsay, Brett Gendron (112, fourth), Brian McDermit (130, fourth), Marc Hoffman (135, fifth) and Nick Salmon (119, sixth).
Pub Date: 12/08/96