Early bird tickets for Baltimore’s BEST party on sale now!

Hammond's Dennis gets 109th career win He sets school record as Bears' win is 23rd in past 24 matches

THE BALTIMORE SUN

State champion Vaymond Dennis (135) set a school record for career victories with two technical falls, and teammates Ryan Mackin (125), Nick LaSalle (130) and Pat Jameson (160) all won twice as fifth-ranked Hammond swept tri-meet wins over Calvert Hall and St. Paul's yesterday.

The defending 1A-2A state duals and state tournament champion Bears improved to 5-1 and have won 23 of their past 24 matches. The 35-33 win over Calvert Hall was the first loss of the year for the 14th-ranked Cardinals (8-1), last year's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association champ and private schools' state runner-up.

Dennis, the Bears' first non-senior state champ last year and its third overall, improved to 9-0 on the year and registered his 108th and 109th career wins on technical falls by identical scores of 20-3. The senior's effort eclipsed the previous school record of 107, established by John Motley.

Despite being minus two starters yesterday, Hammond overcame late deficits of 24-23 and 33-29 to pull out the win over Calvert Hall.

The most notable contributions came from Mackin, a sophomore, and LaSalle, a senior, who broke ties in their bouts to win 6-5 and 6-3 over Calvert Hall's Kevin King and Zach Mryncza, respectively.

Also factoring in against the Cardinals was a pin by junior 140-pounder Rob Osborn, and one of two falls on the night by Jameson.

In a losing effort, junior Kevin Chrpaty (171), wrestled well before falling, 8-7, to Calvert Hall veteran Mike Brannan, who the Cardinals were counting on for a pin. Chrpaty also came through with a 35-second fall in a 45-22 win over the host Crusaders (1-10). Veteran Jason Friert (103) of Hammond received forfeits in each match.

But the host St. Paul Crusaders won the night's featured bout as heavyweight Nick Alevrogiannis (16-2, 10 pins), a fourth-place finisher at private school states, used an overtime escape to edge Hammond's state runner-up Matt Nelson, 3-2.

Alevrogiannis said he was motivated by the fact that Nelson is ranked No. 6 in the state.

"We win in our county, but we don't learn anything unless there's a real risk of losing," said Hammond co-coach Paul Di Rienzo.

Pub Date: 12/23/98

Copyright © 2019, The Baltimore Sun, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication | Place an Ad
46°