Heavyweight Brad Charvat pinned Matt Chaney in 1 minute, 12 seconds yesterday to complete a sweep of the final four bouts and lift No. 5 Archbishop Curley (5-0) at No. 8 Calvert Hall, 30-29, in an interdivisional Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference match.
"It was a tight match, so when I got in there, I just wanted to do it for the guys," said Charvat (9-4), whose team trailed, 29-24, entering his bout. "When we won at the two previous weight classes, I knew we had an excellent chance of winning."
The Cardinals (7-2) had gotten pins from Tony Russo (119, 13-4), No. 6 Pete Angelone (135, 14-3) and Sean Ireland (145), along with a major decision from Mike Light (152, 17-3, 12 pins) in building a 29-12 lead.
But third-year coach Henry Franklin, a former assistant to Curley's Alan Gephart, gambled unsuccessfully by bumping 160-pound regular Leonard Monfredo (11-2, eight pins) up to 171, forfeiting to No. 3 Sal Aquia (160, 10-1). Monfredo lost, 10-5, to Pat Curran (4-2) after leading, 5-0, and 171-pound regular Sean Kelly lost, 7-2, to J.D. Mislak (189) after leading, 2-0.
"Curran wrestled really well, showed a lot of heart and mental toughness," said Franklin. "What it boils down to is that they did what they needed to do to win."
Calvert Hall led, 10-8, after the first four bouts. In a rematch of his earlier 4-2 win, state runner-up Chris Hanlon (103, 14-3) used two takedowns and three late near-fall points in a 10-2 rout of Curley's Mike Frey (11-4). Curley's two wins came from Brian Bricker (103, 13-0), who scored nine near-fall points in a 15-0 technical fall over Chris Tucker, and Shaun Calhoun (125), whose early takedown decisioned Phil Gouel, 2-1.
Calvert Hall won the night's fifth bout, a rematch featuring No. 4 Rob Johns (130, 16-0, 11 pins), an earlier 9-6 winner, taking a 4-1 decision from No. 6 Paul Boettcher (11-2). Angelone made it 19-8, decking Curley's Jeremy Pirorazio in 3: 15.
"We thought that gave us some momentum," said Johns, an MIAA champ who also owns wins over Damascus' No. 2 Joey Garvin (by fall) and Francis Scott Key's co-No. 6 Matt Yinger. "Everyone wrestled well, but we just have to work on finishing better."
Curley's state champ Mike Boettcher (140, 11-4) won easily, 15-1, over Ray Arpin, who scored a moral victory by not getting pinned.
"Things were definitely going their way because they'd gotten a couple sticks we didn't anticipate, but I'm glad our upper weights came through," Boettcher said.
Pub Date: 12/20/96