DeLauney wrestles up, ices Loyola upset; No. 15 Dons squeeze by No. 11 Boys' Latin, 35-34


Tony DeLauney normally competes at 171 pounds, but the Loyola senior moved up to 189 yesterday when coach Dennis Frazier asked him to do so.

Delauney's second-period pin of former Boys' Latin classmate David Levy secured a 35-34 victory for the 15th-ranked Dons at 11th-ranked Boys' Latin.

Loyola trailed 28-23 with three bouts left after a pin by the Lakers' Rob Arnold (160) countered a forfeit to Loyola at 152. But another forfeit to Loyola's Brad Novotny (171), along with DeLauney's win, put the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association match out of reach, 35-28.

"I went to B.L. up to fifth grade, and Levy's still a friend," said DeLauney, who is 15-4. "I guess I'll take a bit of a ribbing from those guys, but it was nice to get it over with."

The Lakers' sixth-ranked heavyweight, Brandon Carver, who is 22-1 after yesterday's pin in 3: 37, had hoped to be the one to determine the outcome. But the Lakers (7-2 overall, 3-2 league) were in a hole early with Dan Berger (145) and Mike Hartman (152) out with back and shoulder injuries, respectively.

"Berger was injured a while ago, but Hartman's happened [Wednesday]," Carver said. "Hartman usually wins, so losing him affected the whole team."

Boys' Latin trailed 5-0 after Loyola's fourth-ranked Danny Natterman (103) improved to 14-2 with a 20-5 technical fall. Natterman has lost two decisions to Archbishop Curley's No. 2 Darien Kess.

But the Lakers took a 19-5 lead on four straight victories, including pins by Kevin Nash (119) and Henry Friskey (125). James Jeffcoat (112) had started the sweep with a major decision, and Friskey, a junior who is 19-2, led, 10-0, before decking his man with 11 seconds left.

Friskey then watched as teammate Flip McKenzie (130) held off Louis Gamboa for a 2-1 win.

Loyola (4-1, 3-1) was within 19-17 after consecutive pins by Billy Rovito (135) and Tom Daley (140) but trailed 22-17 after Mitch Owens (145) bumped up from 140 for a 6-3 decision over the Dons' Mike Waldron.

Loyola's only dual-meet loss was against No. 1 Archbishop Curley, 41-21. The Dons later defeated eighth-ranked Mount St. Joseph for the first time in school history but still have MIAA matches against No. 4 Gilman, No. 6 McDonogh and No. 14 Calvert Hall.

The Dons enter today's two-day Friends dual-meet tournament looking to avenge last year's controversial, 33-31 non-league loss to Owings Mills, a four-time Class 1A-2A state champ.

In that match, Rovito had Owings Mills' Justin Meyers nearly pinned before the official, thinking time had elapsed, stopped the bout with 57 seconds left in the two-minute overtime period.

"They got lucky last year," DeLauney said. "It's payback time. The Dons are ready."

Pub Date: 1/22/99

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