Top-ranked Archbishop Curley advanced 10 wrestlers yesterday into today's semifinals of the fifth annual Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association Tournament at Mount St. Joseph and has an inside track at dethroning Calvert Hall.
Advancing Friars were Darien Kess (103 pounds), Brian Kirhagis (119), Antwaun Lide (125), Brian Bricker (130), Thomas Boettcher (135), Shawn Calhoun (140), P. J. Kirhagis (145), Paul Boettcher (152), Matt Charvat (160) and Pat Curran (171).
Curley led second-place McDonogh in team points, 73-59; Calvert Hall was fifth with 51.5. The tournament features 20 wrestlers ranked by the Maryland State Wrestling Association.
Mount St. Joseph's Bryan McDermott (37-0 at 135) and McDonogh's Joe Rosenbaum (29-0 at 171) remained the event's only unbeaten entries.
Two wins would mean 100 career victories and a title for McDermott. Archbishop Spalding's Sean Heffernan (189), 31-4 with 27 pins this season, needs one victory to attain 100 career wins.
Along with Rosenbaum, McDonogh advanced Andy Seal (160) and Zak Johns (103), ranked Nos. 2 and 5, respectively, Matt Eder (112), Steve Chester (125), Geoff Miller (140) and Chris Zuk (152). Seal (26-2) should meet either three-time runner-up Rob Arnold (Boys' Latin) or Mount St. Joseph's Jake Keyes in the finals.
Gilman's state champs, Damien Davis (189) and Mike Faust (heavyweight), and Calvert Hall's state champs, Chris Knox (112) and Tony Russo (145), combined for six pins. Each will be trying for his second straight MIAA crown.
Boys' Latin's Brandon Carver (heavyweight) and St. Paul's Nick Alevrogiannis meet for the 13th time in three seasons today. Alevrogiannis claims to lead the series, 8-5, but is 1-2 vs. Carver this season.
At 103, Annapolis Christian's Luke Palumbo, Kess, Johns and Loyola's Danny Natterman are ranked Nos. 1, 2, 5 and 6, respectively. Palumbo, trying to become his school's first MIAA champ, is 1-1 vs. Kess, who has a school record 164 takedowns this season.
Pub Date: 2/13/99