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).
Of Anne Arundel County participants in the 13-team tournament, Old Mill was sixth in team points (103), St. Mary's was ninth (70.5), Annapolis was 10th (59) and Broadneck was 12th (55).
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.
"I like to slick and counter, and he was strong and defensive and gave me nothing to counter," said White. "I was attacking, trying to force the issue to draw some early stall warnings. I guess if there's a good loss, this was it."
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) and Brian McDermit (130, fourth) lost identical 5-3 overtime decisions to state runner-up Chris Hanlon (Calvert Hall) and Anne Arundel County champ Rich Sampson.
Pub Date: 12/08/96