For the third time in four years, Hyattsville's DeMatha captured the Maryland Independent Schools championship at McDonogh School in Owings Mill last night.
The Stags finished with 272 1/2 points, 30 points more than second-place Archbishop Curley. Calvert Hall finished third with 171 1/2 points.
"I think putting eight in the finals was the key to our success," DeMatha coach Richard Messier said. "Although we didn't have four of the eight win, we had some very close matches and I'm very happy with that."
Sophomore Joey Sargent, who won the 160-pound crown, pointed to his coach's week-long policy of giving each wrestler six matches a day during practice.
"Last week [at St. Albans] we were gasping in the third period," Sargent said. "This time, we were more physically durable."
The evening's best matches were at 145 and heavyweight, where both extended past the first three periods and the first overtime period.
In the second overtime period at 145, top-ranked Drew Robertson of DeMatha chose the bottom and promptly escaped from the grip of Calvert Hall's Tony Russo to score a 2-1 decision and clinch the title.
In the second overtime period of the heavyweight bout, Gilman junior Mike Faust also chose the bottom and spun away from the hold of DeMatha senior Mark Hayes to win the match, 4-3, and the crown.
Both ranked No. 1 in the state, Faust upped his record to 41-1, and Hayes dropped to 41-6.
Another exciting match was the night's first, when McDonogh freshman Zach Johns, ranked fifth in the state at 103 pounds, matched No. 2 Darien Kess of Archbishop Curley move for move.
After the third period, both wrestlers were tied at 1. But in the first overtime period, Kess shot for Johns' legs and planted him on the mat for a 3-1 win. Kess improved to 40-4, and Johns fell to 29-5.
At 112, top-ranked Calvert Hall senior Chris Knox scored a 17-4 major decision over sophomore Chris Eig (37-12) of Bullis. Knox (40-2) won the 103-pound title last year.
Derek Michaloski, a senior at Calvert Hall, won the 119-pound championship when he notched a major decision against Boys Latin junior Kevin Nash, 12-4. Michaloski upped his season record to 29-11, and Nash dropped to 30-7.
The 125-pound match proved to be the quickest, as freshman Matt Palmer of Bullis, tied for first in 119, pinned No. 3 Antwain Lide with 33 seconds left in the first period.
With the win, Palmer remained undefeated with 42 consecutive victories. Lide, a junior at Archbishop Curley, fell to 39-7.
At 130, Nick Delonga, a junior at DeMatha, scored a 5-1 decision over senior Brian Bricker of Archbishop Curley. Delonga, ranked second in the state at 125 pounds, improved to 36-4. Bricker, No. 3 at 130, dropped to 36-5.
Top-ranked Bryan McDermott, a senior at Mount St. Joseph, won the 135-pound crown with a 5-2 decision against No. 2 DeMatha sophomore Kevin Gabrielson. McDermott upped his perfect season to 42 straight victories, and Gabrielson fell to 40-5.
At 140, Archibshop Curley senior Shawn Calhoun edged Nick Gladen, a senior at DeMatha, 5-3.
Archbishop Curley senior Paul Boettcher, ranked second in the state, won the 152-pound crown when he bested fifth-ranked Kyle Woods, a senior at DeMatha, 5-0.
At 160, third-ranked DeMatha sophomore Sargent held off a furious third-period rally by Rob Arnold to edge the Boys Latin senior, 7-6. Sargent upped his record to 48-7. Arnold dropped to 28-4.
Top-ranked Wes Cummings, a senior at DeMatha, captured the 171-pound title with a 7-1 decision over No. 2 Joe Rosenbaum, a senior at McDonogh. Rosenbaum suffered his first loss in 35 matches, and Cummings improved to 56-1 this season.
At 189, top-ranked Damien Davis, a senior at Gilman, notched a 12-6 decision over Archbishop Spalding senior Jason Heffernan.
Pub Date: 2/21/99