Chris Zuk (160), Andy Seal (171) and Joe Rosenbaum (189) scored consecutive pins in sixth-ranked McDonogh's 41-25 rout of seventh-ranked Hammond as part of tri-meet with New Jersey's Peddie School yesterday at McDonogh.
Hammond (6-5), last year's Class 1A-2A state duals and tournament champion, was within 23-22 after consecutive pins by Mark Read (145) and Pat Jameson (152).
But then the trio began McDonogh's pinning spree -- and it mattered little that they were all competing at higher weight classes than usual.
Zuk headlocked Will Shields for a 35-second fall before Seal cradled up Kevin Charpaty in 1: 16 to clinch the match, 35-22, with two bouts left. A second-period fall by Rosenbaum, ranked No. 2 in the state, and a subsequent 3-1 victory by Hammond heavyweight Matt Nelson over Jameel Day were inconsequential.
Seal went 4-0 for his 101st career victory and is 20-2 this year for McDonogh (10-3), which led 20-0 after the first four bouts, including pins by sixth-ranked Zak Johns (103) over Jason Friert (16-3), and Matt Eder (119) over Jimmy Davis.
"I went out hard, and was able to pin their guy, and I think that shocked them and got our team pumped up," said Johns. "I saw Friert wrestle at the Hammond Tournament finals, and he's good, so I knew I'd have to go out and wrestle a good match."
In addition, Chet Naylor (112), up from 103, beat Mike Aszoulay, 13-3, and Steve Chester (125) defeated Hammond's Tim Carter, 14-2.
Nick LaSalle (130) and state champ Vaymond Dennis (135) put the Bears on the scoreboard with a 9-1 decision and a pin, respectively. But McDonogh went up 23-10 after Geoff Miller (140) held off Hammond's Rob Osborn, 6-4.
In Hammond's 41-17 loss to Peddie School, one of New Jersey's top three prep programs, National Prep champ Foley Dowd, ranked No. 1 nationally by USA Wrestling, scored nine near-fall points in an 18-3 technical fall over Dennis.
A senior being recruited by Penn State, Iowa, Illinois and Oklahoma State among several others, Dowd improved his career record to 132-9, including a 107-2 mark since his sophomore year. Dowd (22-0 this year) has been fifth, third and first at National Preps, going 45-0 last season.
Randallstown native Maurice Wilson (145) is 20-2 at Peddie.
Owings Mills 28, Loyola 25: Matt Summerlein (160) won by pin, Marshall Smith (189) by forfeit and Scott Silverstein (112) by major decision as the Eagles edged Loyola for the second straight year.
Harris Kaplan (125), Drew Bowers (135), Justin Myers (140) and Jason Summerlein (152) all won by decision for Owings Mills.
Loyola got pins from Mike Waldron (145) and Scott Doyle (Hwt.), with a major decision by Tony DeLauney (171). Loyola's Danny Natterman (103), Chris Vogler (119) and Louis Gamboa (130) all captured decisions.
Pub Date: 1/24/99