McDonogh had already secured its milestone first-ever victory earlier this season over perennial power Mount St. Joseph entering last night's rematch at McDonogh.
But with another win, this time 29-24 over the 10th-ranked Gaels, the seventh-ranked Eagles added the phrase "twice in one season" to the resume of fifth-year coach Pete Welch.
Down 24-13, McDonogh (13-5) swept the last four bouts, including Jameel Day's match-clinching, first-period pin over heavyweight Gareth Charyszyn.
The other wins were a major decision from No. 2-ranked Joe Rosenbaum (171), and decisions by state runner-up Andy Seal (160) and Kellen Williams (189). Seal, ranked No. 3 in the state, is 24-2 and Rosenbaum is 26-0.
Mount St. Joe, winner of 23 Maryland Scholastic Association or Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association titles, slipped to 12-5.
"People probably thought that last time was a fluke, but we knew it wasn't," said Day. "I've been wrestling since seventh grade, and this is definitely one of the best feelings I've had. This, and placing sixth at states last year."
An 8-0 decision by McDonogh's Geoff Miller (140) had the Eagles within 18-13, and that was trimmed to 17-13 after referee Jimmy Chung's deduction of one team point for unsportsmanlike conduct against the Gaels.
St. Joe won two pivotal bouts for the 24-l3 lead as Jesse Keyes (145) edged Mike Hollman, 3-2, and Mike Moore (152) major-decisioned Chris Zuk, 9-1.
But after Seal earned his 104th career win, 11-8, over much-improved Jake Keyes, Rosenbaum scored nine takedowns to win, 21-9, and Williams held off Jimmy Johnson, 2-1.
"We knew it would come down to a tough match at 189, and that kid [Williams] has been working really hard," Welch said. "I'm real proud of him."
Seal led only 7-6 with 20 seconds left when he headlocked Keyes for a takedown and two nearfall points and an 11-6 lead. Keyes, whose pin secured last week's upset of No. 8 Gilman, scored a reversal with 11 seconds left but couldn't score again.
The Eagles won the evening's first two bouts for a 9-0 lead on a pin by 103-pound regular Zak Johns (112), who trailed by as much as 4-1, and an overtime 6-4 decision by Chet Naylor (103), a backup to Johns.
Johns whose only loss in Maryland was against No. 2-ranked Darien Kess of top-ranked Curley, moved up to 112 to face Steve Winter, who scored an upset win over Curley's Tim Williams last week.
Winter was in control until Johns took him down and cradled him up for the fall in 2: 43 to improve to 21-3.
Naylor, who is often undersized even at 103, led 4-1 when he nearly succumbed to similar fate as Winter.
This time, Devin Nash cradled Naylor and nearly finished him in the closing seconds of regulation. In overtime, however, Naylor came out on top after a scramble near mat's edge.
The Gaels swept the next four bouts, however, for an 18-9 lead, ending with a first-period fall by top-ranked Bryan McDermott, who is 34-0 with 15 pins.
There also was a 12-1 decision by St. Joe reserve Mike Guinno (119), a 21-4 technical fall by the Gaels' state runner-up Steve Lanciotti (125), and, at 130, Alex Kocay's 9-8 decision over Steve Chester. Kocay overcame a 6-3 third-period deficit, securing the win on a takedown with eight seconds left.
"My match pumped the team up. I really felt like we could win at that point," said Kocay. "Unfortunately, we came up a little short."
Pub Date: 2/03/99