Mount St. Joseph's Brian McDermott edged DeMatha's Kevin Gabrielson, 5-2, for the second time this season, to win the 135-pound title of yesterday's fourth annual Hammond Invitational.
Gabrielson's had dominated Hammond' state champ Vaymond Dennis, 12-5, in their semifinal bout of a 21-team affair featuring Delaware State champ St. Mark's and locals from Anne Arundel, Howard, Carroll, Montgomery, Prince George's, Charles and Cecil counties, along with Baltimore city and county.
"I knew coming in I'd have one of the toughest matches of the season," said the top-ranked McDermott, one of 28 state-ranked wrestlers in an event that included eight individual state champs.
DeMatha accumulated 257 points to dethrone top-ranked Curley, which finished second with 243.
DeMatha's national prep champ Drew Robertson (152) decked Curley's Paul Boettcher in 4: 30 of an otherwise close bout. The Stags, coached by Elkridge resident Dick Messier, also crowned Nick DeLonga (125), Kyle Woods (152), Joe Sargent (160) and Wes Cummings (171).
"Was that a great match or what?" said Robertson, who edged Paul's older brother, Mike, for last season's state title. "I couldn't really get a handle on his wrestling style at first, but I caught him."
Curley, DeMatha, Gilman, South Carroll and Hammond are ranked Nos. 1, 2, 5, 8 and 9, respectively, by the Maryland State Wrestling Association.
For Curley, Darien Kess (103) and Shawn Calhoun (140) were first and Tim Williams (112), Brian Bricker (130), P. J. Kirhagis (145) and Boettcher were second. Finishing third were Isaac Byrd (215), who edged an opponent from DeMatha, 12-11. Antwaun Lide (125) and Pat Curran (171) were fourth.
Kess, ranked No. 2, used six takedowns in a 13-4 rout of Hammond's Jason Friert. Bricker, who last month bounced Arundel's No. 1 Pat Ortman to earn the state's top ranking, yesterday was blanked 6-0, by Einstein's Tim Lowe.
Gilman crowned Elliott Wiley (215) and state champ Mike Faust (heavyweight) with Damien Davis (189) and Tyrone Bowie (125) finishing second. Tim Webb (152) and Brian Lewis (160) were both third and Jared Bentz (119) was fourth.
Faust nearly pinned Hammond's state runner-up Matt Nelson as time expired in his 10-3 win, but Davis lost, 7-4, to state champ Pete Santoro of St. Mark's.
Behind Dan Patterson (112), who won the tournament for the second straight year, South Carroll finished fourth, also getting third-place efforts from Bryan Hamper (130), Mike Mueller (152) and Leroy Eyler (189). Brad Mann (160) was fourth.
Right before Patterson beat Tim Williams, 9-3, for his title, South Carroll coach Pete Olson said he had "never beaten St. Joe in any manner in wrestling." He called beating Hammond in an earlier dual meet and then again yesterday, "a confirmation of his team's abilities."
For Mount St. Joseph, Jake Keyes (160) was second, Ryan Herwig (119) was third, and Alex Kocay (130), fourth.
Meade's Matt Pandullo (119) failed to win the event for a fourth straight time, being decked by St. Mark's freshman Andrew Donofrio's headlock in the second period while holding a 5-4 lead.
"It was very, very tight. I swear I was in it forever," said Pandullo.
"I was in the match, but I just lost to a good kid."
Donofrio edged St. Joe's state runner-up Herwig in overtime of their semifinal bout. Herwig wrestled back to third place.
"I knew I was going to wrestle against a good kid," said Herwig. "I'm disappointed not so much in losing to Donofrio, but that this was the only shot I had at Pandullo, who is a senior and a public-school wrestler. But I'd rather lose to the champion than the second-place guy."
Pub Date: 1/17/99