Bricker and Curley pass another test; Top-ranked Friars romp past No. 4 Gilman, 36-21; Wrestling


Brian Bricker of top-ranked Archbishop Curley had to feel insulted at No. 4 Gilman last night.

Gilman coach Mark Harbold put 125-pound regular Tyrone Bowie, a takedown specialist, against Bricker, known for his prowess down on the mat.

Bricker beat Bowie at his own game, however, scoring four takedowns -- once countering Bowie's deep shot at mat's edge -- in a 9-4 decision.

Bricker's win, Curley's fifth straight in as many bouts, gave the Friars a 20-point lead over their Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association rival in what became a 36-21 inter-divisional rout.

"Tyrone beat me pretty good at MIAAs last year, but I beat him twice at states," said Bricker, ranked No. win 1 in Maryland at 130 pounds. "They expected Tyrone to beat me on my feet, but I didn't let him."

For the second time in four days, Bricker felt slighted by an opponent avoiding Antwuan Lide, ranked No. 2 at 125 pounds, to test him.

In Tuesday's blowout of McDonogh, Bricker pinned another foe who avoided Lide. "I guess people think it's easier beating me than Antwuan," said Bricker.

But both the Friars (12-0), who led by as much as 29-0, and Bricker aced the test.

Early on, Curley got a technical fall by Darien Kess (103), a pin by Tom Boettcher (135) and a forfeit to Richard Wemple (119).

The Friars also got decisions by Tim Williams (112), Lide (125) and Shawn Calhoun (140). Paul Boettcher (160) scored a 12-0 decision over Tim Webb to clinch the match, 33-9.

Gilman's state champs Damien Davis (189) and Mike Faust (Hwt.) each had pins. The Greyhounds (7-3) also got a decision from Alex Enten (145) and a default victory by Alex Cressman (152) over P.J. Kirhagis.

Kirhagis, who suffered a shoulder injury, was disqualified for using all of his allotted 1 minute and 30 seconds of injury time.

Second-ranked Kess scored five takedowns and seven nearfall points in an 18-3 technical fall, raising his single-season school record for takedowns to 128.

Williams won, 14-7, nearly pinning four-year veteran Thomas Yoon with his second-period five-point Peterson roll. Williams led, 7-1, entering the third period, when he outscored Yoon, 7-6.

Curran (171) rode out Brian Lewis for an 8-7 double overtime victory in a bout whose lead changed four times.

Curran had edged Lewis, 9-6, in last year's consolation state finals, earning third place at states ahead of Lewis (fourth). Curran pulled even at 7, when Lewis was penalized late in the final period.

As winner of the MIAA's A Division, Gilman (7-3) gets another crack at B Division champ Curley in the title match on Feb. 9 at Spalding. The Friars are going for their second straight duals crown.

Pub Date: 1/30/99

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