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McDonogh finally grabs Oliver title Seal, Rosenbaum, Johns pin way to championships


McDonogh's Andy Seal (160 pounds) got his fifth pin in as many wins, and teammate Joe Rosenbaum (171) improved to 6-0 with his fifth pin as the host Eagles won yesterday's Ray Oliver Tournament for the first time in the event's 26 years.

McDonogh freshman Zak Johns (103), a two-time junior league state champ, improved to 6-0 with his fifth pin to become the Eagles' third champ. Johns also pinned his way through last week's St. Benedict's (N.J.) Tournament.

McDonogh (190.5 points) edged seven-time district champ Hanover (182.5 points), a 1997 Pennsylvania duals state champ. Hanover won McDonogh's tournament four straight times through 1995.

The fifth-ranked Seal earned the title by pinning St. Paul's Lee Penno in 1: 16.

"I lost, 5-4, in the finals last year to Adam Shepler [Hanover's 152-pound champ], so I feel completely vindicated," said Seal, a senior state runner-up last season who ended a four-match winning streak by Penno (7-3, seven pins).

Rosenbaum, headed for three-time NCAA lacrosse champ Princeton as a defender, planted Mike Christian in 1: 27.

"When Andy gets a pin, it fires me up, so I went out to pin my guy," said the fourth-ranked Rosenbaum, a senior third-place finisher at private school states last year.

rTC Coach Pete Welch's Eagles got third-place efforts from Matt Eder (112), Geoff Miller (140), Mike Hollman (145) and Jameel Day (heavyweight). Finishing fourth were Chris Zuk (152) and Joe Cristaldi (119).

For Gilman (179.5, third), No. 2-ranked state champs Damien Davis (189) and Mike Faust (hwt.) improved to 6-1 each. Davis beat Spalding's Jason Heffernan, 9-1, and Faust defeated St. Paul's Nick Alevrogiannis, 5-1. Davis beat Heffernan for the second time, and Faust topped Alevrogiannis for the third time.

Gilman freshman Jared Bentz (119), another former junior league state champ, pinned twice -- including in his title bout with North Carroll's Ross Bell (4-1) at 1: 59. Bentz improved to 6-2 after finishing fourth last weekend at Annapolis.

Gilman's Charlie Stockman (130, 5-2) pinned McDonogh's Bruce Chan in 2: 23.

For North Carroll (fourth, 176), Fran Jackson (125) earned Outstanding Wrestler honors. The defending 3A-4A state champ overcame a 6-2 deficit to pin McDonogh's Steve Chester (5-1) with 19 seconds left.

Down by four, Jackson -- from the bottom position -- employed a second-period headlock to tie the bout at 6. Trailing 7-6 in the third period, he scored a go-ahead takedown and stacked Chester, a third-place state finisher, for the pin.

"He had momentum going after taking me down first, and that [headlock] came from left field," said Jackson. "I didn't want to start the year with a loss."

For St. Paul's (fifth), Robbie Roose (140) won his sixth straight match, 8-2, over Hanover's Shane McIntyre and Denny Henderson (145, 10-3), his seventh straight, 8-4, over Gonzaga's Luke McCabe. Henderson has seven pins and a technical fall.

Hanover 112-pounder Phil Sherfy (4-0) overcame a 2-0 deficit for a 6-2 win over Gilman's Thomas Yoon. Teammate Travis Harmon (135, 5-0) blanked North Carroll's Tom Bowman (4-1) by 7-0. And the Hawks' Adam Shepler (152, 5-0) scored a technical fall over Gonzaga's John Butler.

Pub Date: 12/13/98

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