The return of Atholton wrestling to respectability continued yesterday with a 37-13 victory over Wilde Lake.
Both teams were tied for third place in Howard County with 4-2 league records, and Wilde Lake was 6-2 overall. But the Raiders, who haven't had a winning record in years, proved too experienced and too strong.
"We knew if we took them lightly they could beat us," said Atholton captain Brian Mullinix. "Our coach [Bruce Lindblad] was stressing to us how they had just beaten Centennial, 72-0."
The victory kept alive Atholton's hopes of earning a regional dual-meet tournament berth. The Raiders, who improved to 8-4 overall, must defeat River Hill Tuesday.
The Raiders won the first eight bouts against Wilde Lake, building a 31-0 lead.
Atholton's Doug Ramsey (14-7) trailed 7-5 after two periods at 103 pounds but made a third-quarter comeback to defeat Matt Ennis, 11-7.
The Raiders fed off that win as Brian Radik (17-3) pinned Wilde Lake's Davey Alexander at 112 pounds with five seconds left in the second period. Mike Shoemaker (14-5) won the match's closest bout over Wilde Lake's 119-pound Hubert Pierre, 2-1, with a third-period reversal.
Jason Hanfman (14-5), co-captain for one night, held off a third-period rally by Wilde Lake's Rob Jackson at 125 pounds to win, 8-4.
Dave Loeffler (17-5) at 130 pounds was the only Raider other than Radik to earn a pin. Trailing 4-2 to Matt Lange in the second period, Loeffler caught Lange in a headlock.
Robbie Allen, wrestling his second varsity match for the Raiders, decisioned Aaron Worley, 9-6. And Adam Roth (17-5), leading 4-2 after two periods, pulled away from Jimmie DiPietro in the third period for a 10-2 triumph.
Pat Thomas (145), Mark Carbone (160) and Mullinix (171) were also Atholton winners.
Mullinix has Atholton's top record at 18-3 with Carbone at 14-4.
"Carbone is a second-year wrestler who has really been stepping up for us," Mullinix said. "He finished second in his first tournament at Chopticon. We had a lot of forfeits the last two years, and it feels really good to win and to know our team is going somewhere. We hope to send seven or eight guys to regionals."
Jason Downs (152), Mike Davis (189) and heavyweight Asmar Hagler were Wilde Lake's winners.
Pub Date: 1/29/99