Mount St. Joseph's Mike McKinney, a 171-pound regular, lost his 189-pound bout, 7-5, to Curley's Brad Charvat, who had dropped from heavyweight.
But in defeat, McKinney won one for the team. Ahead by a point and forfeiting at heavyweight, No. 5 Curley (8-1) needed a fall from Charvat, the team's top pinner. But Mckinney forced the action and even led, 4-2, to help No. 1 Mount St. Joseph (12-0) to a 28-26 victory at Curley in a Maryland Interscholastic Athlecit Association interdivisional match.
"I knew he was sucking a lot of weight, so I wanted to push him hard the entire match," said McKinney, a junior.
The Gaels, who have lost just twice in Maryland since 1980 -- the last time being by 29-28 to Gilman in 1990 -- swept three bouts up to 152 to take their first lead, 19-17.
No. 1 Erik Schafer (140) pinned in 2: 40; No. 2 Danny Mattson (145), a state champ, had a 9-3 lead with 1: 12 left before Greg Dennis was disqualified for stalling; and Mike Schaal (152) beat the Friars' Pat Curran, 8-1.
But Curley led, 23-19, with three bouts left after Gaels' coach Paul Triplett forfeited to No. 2 state champ Sal Aquia (160), then moved Ron Cooper from 160 to 171. Cooper, wrestling with cartilage damage in his chest, brought the Gaels within, 23-22, by overcoming a 5-1 deficit to beat J.D. Mislak on overtime riding criteria. "All I thought about was, 'If I win, we win,' " said Cooper, who had used up his limit of injury timeouts [three] and was in danger of being disqualified.
The Friars took five of the first six bouts to lead, 17-4, including major decisions by Boettcher brothers Paul (130), a sophomore, and Mike (135), a junior.
No. 4 Brian Bricker (103) overcame an early 2-0 deficit to beat the Gaels' Steve Lanciotti, 7-5, and teammate Mike Frey (112) overcame a 2-0 deficit for a 5-2 decision of Brett Gendron, avenging an earlier 6-4 overtime loss. Also, Curley's Tony Diem (119), who pinned Nick Salmon over the weekend, won 3-0 this time.
Mount St. Joseph's only winner among the lightweights was No. 3 Kyle Chiaverini (125).
Pub Date: 2/05/97