Sam Lewnes doesn't say much, but his actions speak volumes.
Last night, the top-ranked 160-pounder edged Boys' Latin's second-ranked Jerome Featherstone, 1-0, to become a three-time Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association champion as he led host Mount St. Joseph to the team title.
"He's tough, real tough," said Lewnes (34-2), who has three narrow wins over Featherstone (31-3). "You have to back him up and keep him from shooting, and stay close."
The senior, who was named Outstanding Upperweight, was among six individual champions for the Gaels (234.5 points). Freshman Mack Lewnes (152), Andrew Gold (103), Bruce Dulski (112), Tim Bohlman (125) and Brian Propst (145) all won crowns. Louis Ruonavar (119) and Jason Lanciotti (189) were second, and Dave Dulski (130) and Dan Cannaday (140) were third.
Gold (32-3), ranked No. 1, beat McDonogh's Joe Breen for the fourth time, 8-3. It was closer than their previous meetings, which Gold won by two major decisions and a technical fall.
The second-ranked Dulski and the top-ranked Bohlman each moved to 29-6, pinning all three opponents, and second-ranked Mack Lewnes pinned all four. Sixth-ranked Propst pinned twice, including in 5:09 over Curley's Paul Adams in what had been a close title bout. Bohlman had three first-period falls, including one in 59 seconds over Boys' Latin's Lance Wilson in the title bout. Dulski won his third title in as many tries.
"I'm looking forward to being our first four-time champ. That's what I'll be if I win this next year," said Dulski, a junior. "My goal was to pin everybody, and get ready for states [next weekend.]"
Lanciotti lost his title bout, 9-0, to Elliott Freed of Boys' Latin (179.5 points). Freed beat Lanciotti for the second time. Lanciotti reached the finals with a 10-2 upset of St. Paul's Mike Lima, who entered with a 34-1 record and had split regular-season bouts with Freed.
Boys' Latin's Paul Marchese (heavyweight) broke a 1-1 tie with a third-period, five-point takedown for a 6-1 win over Curley's Tom Green - his fifth win over Green.
No. 3 McDonogh (third) crowned top-ranked Ricky Tippett (140), Rob Willey (119) and Ben Nichols (171), but third-ranked Bryn Holmes (135) lost his title bid, 9-7, to Annapolis Area Christian's Justin Pavlischek, who became his school's second-ever champion.
Willey, the Outstanding Lowerweight, and Tippett (32-3) defeated rivals. Willey raised his series record to 3-2 against Ruonavar with a 13-7 rout, and Tippett overcame a 2-0 deficit to edge Boys' Latin's second-ranked Brian Saval, 6-4, on an overtime takedown. It was Tippet's sixth victory in as many tries over Saval.
"We were both tired, hanging on, but I got him with a straight double-leg takedown," said Tippett, who trailed 4-3 with 15 seconds left when Saval was penalized a point, sending the bout into overtime.
Curley's top-ranked, two-time state champion Mark Frey (130 pounds, 30-4 mark) won his third crown, pinning his third opponent, Boys' Latin's Justin Fitch, at 1:37. Fitch had upset Dave Dulski, 3-2, in the semifinals.
Friends' Carter Erwin (215) won his championship in dramatic fashion after missing three weeks with a wrist injury. Erwin overcame a 5-0 semifinal deficit to beat Curley's Frank Spokus, 10-6. He then overcame a 7-2 deficit to pin St. Paul's Ben Griswold for the title. Erwin become his school's fourth champ since 1976.