Seventh-ranked McDonogh came out fired up for revenge last night, and scorched top-ranked Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association rival Mount St. Joseph, 31-16, for its 10th straight win before nearly 1,000 fans at McDonogh.
The intensity of the Eagles, out for redemption after an earlier, non-league loss, overwhelmed the visiting Gaels (18-1, 8-1).
Mike Hollman (160) gave McDonogh (20-1, 10-0) an insurmountable, 28-9 lead with three bouts left, his five second-period takedowns leading to a 19-7 major decision.
Hollman scored pins to clinch earlier victories over Gilman and Calvert Hall, and the Eagles now have the inside track toward dethroning No. 2 Curley, the defending dual meet champ. Kellen Williams (heavyweight) scored 12 points after the first period of his 14-7 win as the Gaels won five matches, all via decision.
"They were just tougher than us," Mount St. Joe coach Brian Murphy said. "We've got to bounce back, because next weekend [MIAA tournament] is crunch time."
Last night was crunch time for the Eagles, who shut out the Gaels, 16-0, over the first four bouts on decisions by Chet Naylor (103), Gabe Sataloff (112), a major decision by No. 4 Ryan Davis (125) and a pin by Rob Johns (119).
And it was 24-9 with five bouts left after Matt Eder (135), who was not in the lineup for McDonogh's earlier loss, scored nine near-fall points in a 15-0 technical fall, and teammate Geoff Miller (152) edged Joe Selba, 5-2.
"I've beat him like five times, and all of them have been close," Miller said. "There was pressure tonight, it was good pressure."
The Gaels' only wins were decisions by No. 3 Steve Lanciotti (130), No. 1 Ryan Herwig (140), No. 1 Sam Lewnes (145), No. 2 Jake Keyes (171) and a 12-1 win by Jesse Keyes (189). Lewnes improved to 31-4.
McDonogh took the action to its rivals, particularly in close bouts, where its wrestlers most often scored the late points. "We're in great shape, and were able to push it in the third period when they seemed to tire," said Naylor, a former 112-pounder who is 21-3. "This is my fifth match at 103, and I've gotten progressively better."
Curley 42, Gilman 15: No. 2-ranked Mark Frey's 5-3 upset of No. 1 Clayton Bentz at 103 pounds sparked the visiting Friars' rout.
Frey (22-4) was 0-5 lifetime against Bentz (16-5) entering the bout, which was a rematch of their junior-league state title match.
In another match, Curley's No. 1, Antwaun Lide (135), improved to 27-5 with a 10-4 victory over No. 2 Tyrone Bowie (15-5).