Paul Boettcher overcame a 5-0 deficit to score a 12-5 victory over South Carroll's Mike Muller to become Curley's first four-time Arundel Holiday Invitational champion at yesterday's 20th annual event.
Ranked No. 1 in the state at 152 pounds, Boettcher (14-0) scored eight near-fall points and was among a school-record eight winners and 10 finalists for top-ranked Curley (238 points) in a tournament featuring 14 state-ranked wrestlers and 12 teams from Anne Arundel, Howard, Carroll and Baltimore counties and Baltimore City.
Darien Kess (103), Antwaun Lide (125), Brian Bricker (130), Thomas Boettcher (135), Shawn Calhoun (140), Matt Charvat (160) and Pat Curran (171) also won titles for the defending private schools champs. Finishing second were Richard Wemple (119) and P.J. Kirhagis (145). Tim Williams (112) was fourth.
"We all beat good kids, so we proved we're as good as advertised," Lide said.
Greg Klingler (145) and Jeff Blachly (heavyweight) won titles for runner-up Arundel (180.5 points), ranked No. 3 in The Sun and last year's 3A-4A state champion.
Klingler (11-1) edged Kirhagis, 6-5, and Blachly pinned South Carroll's Leroy Eyler (6-1).
No. 4 South Carroll (164.5 points) was third in the team standings, followed by No. 14 River Hill (141.5) and No. 11 Loyola (126.5).
River Hill's defending state champ, Brandon Lauer (112), used machine-like efficiency to remain unbeaten in 46 high school matches, his 24-8 technical fall of South Carroll's Dan Patterson (12-2) improving his record this year to 14-0.
Meade's No. 1, Matt Pandullo (119), trailed 5-0 early, before winning his third Arundel Tournament title, 8-7, over Wemple (10-2). Spalding's Sean Heffernan (189) improved to 12-4 with a 51-second pin.
The Boettchers, with parents Mike and Debbie watching, continued the family tradition that has put Curley among Maryland's elite wrestling programs.
Older brother Mike, now at the Naval Academy, was a two-time private schools champ. And freshman Tom (22-3), twice a junior league state titlist, blanked River Hill's 1A-2A state runner-up Derek Dauberman, 8-0. Dauberman is 14-3.
"When my little brother wins, everyone's looking for me to perform. It's pressure, but it's good pressure," said Paul, a senior.
And what an impressive effort against Muller (12-2), a two-time Carroll County champion whose career wins (91) and pins (63) are just shy of his school's records (94 and 67), both held by Mike Chenoweth.
Curran (18-4), ranked No. 2, won, 7-2, over River Hill's Jason Fawcett (12-2), whose semifinal 6-4 overtime upset came over Arundel's fifth-ranked Matt Neidig (12-1).
Fifth-ranked Lide (18-3) won a battle of ranked wrestlers, 8-1, over North Carroll's third-ranked Fran Jackson (10-1), a defending state titlist whom Lide had fighting off his back at the buzzer.
Bricker (15-3), ranked third, controlled Arundel's top-ranked Pat zTC Ortman (10-1) for a 5-1 win, and fifth-ranked Calhoun (20-3) pinned all three opponents, including Arundel county champ Pat Crouse (10-2).
The quickness of Kess (16-4), a fifth-ranked sophomore, was too much for Loyola's fourth-ranked Danny Natterman (10-1), who lost, 9-4.
And an overtime takedown was good for a 13-11 upset by Charvat (14-5) over South Carroll's Brad Mann (13-1).
Pub Date: 12/31/98