Curley locks up its first MIAA title; No. 1 Friars have five that bring home crowns


Top-ranked Curley crowned five champions and had two runners-up in cruising to its first Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association crown yesterday at Mount St. Joseph.

Winning for the Friars (210.5 points) were Darien Kess (103 pounds), Brian Kirhagis (119), Brian Bricker (130), Shawn Calhoun (140) and Paul Boettcher (152), with Thomas Boettcher (135) and P. J. Kirhagis (145) taking second places.

Kess edged third-place McDonogh's Zak Johns, 5-3, for his title, improving his school-record takedowns total to 173. Ranked No. 2 in the state, Kess had earlier defeated Johns, 3-1, in overtime. Johns, ranked fifth in the state, reach the finals by overcoming a 4-0, third-period deficit for an 8-6 overtime win over Annapolis Christian's top-ranked Luke Palumbo.

"I expected to meet Palumbo. I wanted him because he was ranked No. 1," said Kess, a sophomore. "It's just as good. I'm satisfied because Johns is great competition."

Brian Kirhagis avenged an earlier loss by edging Calvert Hall's Derek Michaloski, 7-4, after having pinned his way into the title bout. "Just wrestling for two years, I didn't think I'd be able to do this. It feels good," said Kirhagis, who won only his second high school tournament.

Bricker, ranked No. 3 in the state, mowed down Gilman's Tyrone Bowie for the third time this season, 8-3, after advancing with two pins and a 4-0 decision.

Calhoun, ranked No. 4, pinned Boys' Latin's Mitch Owens in 1: 27 for his crown, and No. 2-ranked Paul Boettcher (152) beat Gilman's Tim Webb for the third time this season, this time by 7-1.

For runner-up Gilman (176.5 points), state champs Damien Davis (189) and Mike Faust (Hwt.) were each repeat champions against familiar foes. Davis decked Spalding's fifth-ranked Sean Heffernan, whom he beat for the fourth time this year, and Faust improved to 6-0 against St. Paul's fifth-ranked Nick Alevrogiannis, whom he edged 3-1 in overtime.

"He took quick shots, showed a new look, caught me off guard," said Davis, who won the tournament's Edward Russell Cup for scoring the most points for his team. "I warmed up, got a good sweat going and never let up."

McDonogh's second-ranked Joe Rosenbaum (171) pinned all three opponents, improving to 30-0 with his 24 pins this year and 101 career wins. Teammate Steve Chester (125) earned Outstanding Wrestler for his 2-0 win over last year's MIAA champ Steve Lanciotti of Mount St. Joseph. This after a 9-2 semifinal victory over Curley's third-ranked Antwaun Lide.

Calvert Hall's Tony Russo (145), ranked No. 2 in the state, won his third straight MIAA crown, 10-3, over Curley's P.J. Kirhagis after scoring two straight pins in his previous bouts.

Russo, who will attend the University of Ohio on a lacrosse scholarship, improved to 37-4.

Top-ranked teammate Chris Knox (112) breezed to his second straight MIAA crown, using three first-period pins and a 17-6 title-bout rout of Gilman's Thomas Yoon.

Mount St. Joseph's top-ranked Bryan McDermott (135) continued his extraordinary season, with two technical falls and a 12-5 decision over Curley's Thomas Boettcher. McDermott is 39-0 and earned his 100th career victory.

"This was my final showing at St. Joe, and being the last time in uniform, it was important to go out strong," said McDermott, a senior headed for Duquesne University on a wrestling scholarship. "It's nice that my 100th win was hear at St. Joe."

St. Joe's Jake Keyes (160) continued his roll since debuting at No. 6 in the state rankings, avenging two losses for the title. Keyes had lost earlier bouts to Boys' Latin's Rob Arnold and McDonogh's No. 2-ranked Andy Seal by 10-4, and, 11-8, respectively.

Yesterday, Keyes beat Arnold, 8-7, and Seal by default. Keyes led 5-2 when Seal defaulted with a shoulder injury.

Pub Date: 2/14/99

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