After upsetting No. 9 McDonogh on Tuesday and losing, 35-21, to No. 8 Gilman yesterday, coach Dennis Frazier had this message for opponents about his unranked Loyola Dons: "We're coming."
Loyola (3-1), a team with only three seniors among its 13 starters, had MIAA rival Gilman (7-0) on the ropes early before allowing four straight middleweight victories that turned the Dons' 18-12 lead into a 28-18 deficit with three bouts left.
A pin by Gilman's Mike Swann (160) capped the sweep, which began on a pin by teammate Franco Gould (140), who battled off his back to pin Tom Daley in 3: 32. In between those wins were decisions by Tim Webb (145, 11-4) and Brian Lewis (152).
Webb said he "gained a bit of redemption" by riding out an overtime 1-0 victory over Greg Miller, who pinned Webb last year. Lewis (152, 10-4) survived nearly being pinned in a 13-9 win over Nick Barrett.
"We knew it would come down to the middle of our lineup," said Webb, whose team edged Anne Arundel power and No. 7 Old Mill on Tuesday. "We just wanted to keep it close so that our upperweights could pull away."
A decision by Tony Delauney (171) was Loyola's last win, as two-time state champ Damian Davis (189, 5-0) won a major decision, and sixth-ranked Mike Faust (heavyweight, 15-0, seven pins) moved up from 189 to edge C. J. Waldron, 5-3.
Gilman had trailed, 6-0, after forfeiting to Danny Natterman (103, 4-1), but went up, 10-6, after wins by the Yoon brothers, Thomas (112) and Terrence (119, 11-2). Thomas, a junior, won a major decision, and Terrence, a senior, got his ninth pin of the year.
But the Dons swept the next three bouts for an 18-10 lead, including a fall in 1: 23 by Billy Rovito (135, 6-1), and a 9-2 decision by Chris Ackerman (130, 6-1) over Gilman's J. D. Nelson. Tied at 2-2 with the Greyhounds' Mike Machin (125) in the first period, Mike Waldron twice cradled Machin for six nearfall points in a 10-6 victory.
Despite Gilman's strong finish, the Dons know better days are ahead.
"We're almost there, we just need to capitalize more," said Rovito. "Today, they got the breaks, we didn't."
The Gilman-Loyola matchup was part of a quadrangular meet featuring Gilman's come-from-behind, 41-36 victory Mercersburg Academy (Pa.). Terrence Yoon, Pat Boyle, Swann, Davis and Faust all pinned versus Mercersburg.
Faust later wrestled an exhibition against Mercersburg's post-graduate Tyrone Neal Jr. (160, 10-0), a former three-time All-Metro and three-time state champ at Southern-Anne Arundel. Faust was within 5-3 of Neal, a state runner-up as a freshman, in an eventual 7-3 loss.
"Great workout," Neal said. "Didn't expect him to be as quick as he was. He moved well for a big guy."
Pub Date: 12/21/97