The Hanover (Pa.) Hawks were looking for their fourth straight McDonogh Tournament title yesterday in as many trips to the Owings Mills campus.
But in the first time the event has been conducted in McDonogh's Rollins-Luetkemeyer Fieldhouse, their dominance was ended, 192-164.5, by a DeMatha squad coached by Columbia resident Dick Messier that boasts one senior and was missing two starters.
Champs for DeMatha were Kyle Beckerman (112, 7-0, six pins), No. 5 Willie Harris (119, 13-1, seven pins), No. 5 Tony Rodriguez (125, 12-1, six pins), No. 1 Wes Cummings (140, 12-1, six pins) and Mike Pecha (189, 11-5).
In team competition, McDonogh was third of the eight teams with 121 points. Other Baltimore-area finishers were Gilman (fifth, 97 points), North Carroll (sixth, 91) and Centennial (seventh, 74).
Hanover and DeMatha finished 2-2 in head-to-head title bouts, with the Pennsylvania visitors' state champ Joe Henson (152) using a take-down with 43 seconds left to overcome a 1-0 deficit for a 3-2 decision of top-ranked Billy Phillips (12-1, six pins). In winning the rematch of last year's final, Henson became the tournament's second four-time champ.
Beckerman (six pins), a Crofton resident, and Rodrigues (six) are freshmen, Cummings (six), a sophomore, and Harris (seven) and Pecha, both juniors.
Rodriguez and Henson tied in the voting for Outstanding Wrestler, but Centennial's 230-pound Aaron Perkins (heavyweight, 5-0) pinned his fifth opponent in as many bouts, headlocking Hanover's 270-pound Chris Umbarger for the fall in 3: 49. And North Carroll's Dameon Davis (130, 8-0, five pins) scored a technical fall in his title bout.
For host McDonogh, top-ranked state champ Will Filbert (103, 7-0) and state runner-up Joe Smith (135, 8-0) added tournament titles to their crowns of a week ago at St. Benedict's (N.J.).
Filbert (four pins), winner of his second-straight McDonogh Tournament title, overcame Gilman's Tyrone Bowie (4-2) by 8-4. Smith, a runner-up at McDonogh last year, pinned for the fifth time (in 4: 49) Gonzaga's Milton Yates after trailing, 2-0. It was Smith's second win of the year over Yates, an earlier 15-4 loser who has beaten Archbishop Curley's state champ, Mike Boettcher.
North Carroll's Joe Hughes (7-1, six pins) led, 5-0, early after throwing Gilman's fifth-ranked state runner-up Damian Davis (171, 7-1) to his back. But Davis rallied for a 10-6 decision.
Pub Date: 12/15/96