Brian Clavelle isn't considered one of the bigger names on an Oakland Mills team featuring more than a dozen wrestlers from last year's Howard County runners-up. In fact, this season has been a struggle at times for the 135-pound sophomore.
Yesterday against host Atholton, however, Clavelle came through with one of the biggest wins in the county this year, overcoming a 7-0, third-period deficit to pin the Raiders' Jeff Anderson and help Oakland Mills to a pivotal 37-25 victory.
The pin was one of five on the day for the Scorpions, but the timing couldn't have been better.
Trailing in the match, 13-12, and seemingly about to fall behind by at least four points, the surprising win created at least a nine-point swing that put Oakland Mills (7-1 overall, 4-1 in Howard County league) ahead for good.
According to Oakland Mills coach Brad Dowell, it was just the boost his team needed against Atholton (7-4, 4-3), which had finished several places ahead of the Scorpions at the Chopticon tournament earlier this season.
"That was a big, pivotal match for us," said Dowell. "Brian Clavelle really showed his stamina and was able to come through. The other guy was more physical and probably a stronger wrestler, but Brian had the wind and was able to come up with the big upset."
Clavelle suddenly caught his opponent -- wrestling in his first varsity match -- in a pinning combination early in the third period and scored the fall with 58 seconds left.
He said it was a matter of determination and fitness.
"I didn't want to give up," said Clavelle (5-7). "I knew he was going to get gassed in the third period. I was just trying to get into the third period, because I knew I'd be in better shape than he would be."
Brandon MacDonald (103), Paul Nguyen (119), Mike Naylor (145) and heavyweight Jason Frizzelle also came away with pins for Oakland Mills, with Frizzelle's 29-second effort against Atholton's Joe Levine clinching a team victory.
"What made the big difference in this match is that we were able to come away with six-point victories where we got pins," said Dowell. "We were able to get guys on their backs and keep them there."
Said Atholton coach Bruce Linblad: "You can't give up five falls and hope to be in any match."
Bryan Radik (112) and Mark Carbone (160) each scored pin-fall victories for the Raiders, while teammates David Loeffler (125), Adam Roth (140) and Brian Mullinix (171) all shut out their opponents.
Other winners for Oakland Mills included David Kay at 152 pounds and Robert Scott at 189, the latter coming on a major decision.
Pub Date: 1/24/99