State champ Damien Davis decked Malcolm Bracey in 48 seconds as part of a four-bout sweep that brought Gilman back from a 16-point deficit for a 30-26 victory over visiting Calvert Hall yesterday.
Tim Webb (152) avenged a loss from last year, 3-0, against Sean Ireland, who was in his first match of the year, and Brian Lewis (171) beat Mike Brannan, 6-0. Mike Faust received a forfeit at heavyweight in the MIAA A Conference win.
Calvert Hall (11-6, 4-1) took an early advantage, 19-6, with a pin by Tyrone Bowie (125) being Gilman's only win over the first six bouts. Gilman (7-1, 6-0) trailed, 19-12, after Franco Gould (140) stuck his man in 2: 42, but was down, 26-10, after a decision by Rico Ramirez (145) and a major decision by state champ Tony Russo (145).
"They're a good team, so we're not surprised how close it was," said Webb. "They had an advantage in the lower weights, but our guys saved us some points, fighting off their backs."
Calvert Hall got major decisions from Chris Tucker (103), Chris Knox (112) and Kevin King (130), in addition to a 2-0 overtime decision by Derek Michaloski (119) over Jared Bentz -- Michaloski's third win over Bentz this year. The Cardinals' Zach Mryncza (135) led, 14-0, in his eventual 14-5 win, but was headlocked by J. D. Nelson, and battled off his back at the buzzer.
Gilman will compete in this weekend's tournament at 1A-2A state champ Hammond of Howard County, a 21-team event that will include 25 state-ranked wrestlers in addition to defending private schools state champ Curley, five-time National Prep champ DeMatha, No. 4 South Carroll and 12th-ranked Mount St. Joseph.
No. 1 Curley 64, No. 10 Boys' Latin, 6.: As a member of the area's top-ranked program, Curley senior Matt Charvat was tired of being left out.
First, The Sun's preseason outlook excluded Charvat. But the release of yesterday's Maryland state rankings listing seven teammates -- but not Charvat -- was the last straw.
A fired-up Charvat edged fifth-ranked Rob Arnold, 9-5, during a match where the Lakers' trailed, 64-0, before getting a pin by sixth-ranked Brandon Carver (heavyweight). Curley is 7-0 overall, 6-0 in the MIAA, and Boys' Latin is 7-1, 4-1.
"He pinned me when I was a sophomore," said Charvat. "I felt I proved myself at the end of last year, but apparently, someone else didn't."
Curley got pins from Tim Williams (112), Brian Kirhagis (119), John Bossle (189), Shawn Calhoun (140) and P. J. Kirhagis (145), and technical falls from Darien Kess (103), Brian Bricker (130) and Paul Boettcher (152). Thomas Boettcher (135) had a major decision, and Antwuan Lide (125) and Pat Curran (171) received forfeits.
Pub Date: 1/13/99