Gilman's sixth-ranked sophomore, Mike Faust, scored a takedown with 32 seconds left in overtime to edge Bullis' No. 2 Daegan Smith, 10-8, in their title bout of yesterday's 26th annual Ray Oliver Wrestling Tournament at McDonogh.
His victory, along with those by teammates Terrence Yoon (119 pounds, 5-2) and Mike Swann (160), helped the No. 8 Greyhounds (158 points) top rival and No. 9 McDonogh (156.5) for third place. Yoon overcame a 2-0 deficit with his pin at 3: 29 of McDonogh's Steve Chester, and Swann (160) trailed, 3-1, in his eventual 12-5 rout of Hanover's Eric Alvarez.
"Neutral [standing] is the weakest of my three positions, but that seemed to be his specialty where he scored all his points," said Faust (189 pounds). Smith (8-2) lost his only other bout by 10-7 to No. 1 George O'Brien (Linganore).
"I proved to myself and to a lot of doubters that I could compete at this level," said Faust. "I'm for real, but I've got a long way to go."
Titlists for McDonogh were top-ranked, two-time All-Metro Will Filbert (112, 6-1) and Pat Jacobs (130, 6-1). Fifth-ranked Andy Seal (152, 6-1) flattened Bullis' No. 4 Bobby Bunting in 1: 06 of their semifinal and nearly did the same to Hanover's Adam Shepler in an eventual 6-4 title-bout loss.
The third try was the charm for first-place DeMatha (214.5 points). Coached by Elkridge resident Dick Messier, it finally beat a Baltimore area opponent after losing to No. 3 Curley, No. 4 Calvert Hall (twice) and No. 5 Mount St. Joseph (twice). The private school state champs crowned No. 2 Drew Robertson (145, 12-0), No. 2 Willie Harris (125, 12-0), No. 2 Wes Cummings (171, 11-1) -- all three being state champs -- and Nick Gladen (130, 4-0) to beat runner-up Hanover, Pa., (184 points).
For fifth-place North Carroll (132 points), freshman Franny Jackson (103, 5-0), a former eastern national champion junior leaguer, nailed two first-period pins, then blanked Hanover's Phil Sherfy for his first loss in three bouts, 7-0. Teammate Adam Boog (171, 4-0) lost his title match to Cummings, 3-2, in double-overtime.
McDonogh's Jacobs overcame a 2-0 deficit with his 3-2 decision of DeMatha's Bill Valentine (10-3).
Filbert won a rematch of last year's state-title bout -- which he won, 8-4 -- by scoring a reversal with 34 seconds left for a 2-1 decision over DeMatha's Nick Delonga (11-4). A two-time Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and private schools state champ, Filbert finished at 38-0 last year, winning the national prep tournament title.
"There's been tons of pressure on me this year and I haven't
dealt with it well," said Filbert, whose only loss this year came when he pinned himself with a 2-0 lead in the finals of last weekend's St. Benedict's tournament. "People are gunning for me, so this helps with the confidence."
One of those gunning was Delonga, a sophomore who cut from 119, where he was 9-3.
DeMatha's Robertson dominated his 8-2 rout of Bullis' No. 6 John Palmer (6-1).
"He beat me in preseason by two points, but I wasn't 100 percent. There was a stare-down, some mind games. He was the one I wanted to wrestle," said Robertson. "We've had some injuries and been shaky with little team unity. But today we came out and wrestled like we know how. It's starting to come together."
Pub Date: 12/14/97