Lubuglio gets even as Old Mill wins, 29-24


When it came down to his match last week against Severna Park, Old Mill's Tim Lubuglio lost a major decision.

That match, which finished in a tie, ended the Patriots' Anne Arundel County league winning streak at 74 dual meets.

Last night against seventh-ranked county rival Chesapeake, Lubuglio redeemed himself.

The 112-pound freshman's 2-0 decision over Steve Gelety clinched a 29-24 victory for the Patriots (13-0-1, 10-0-1), who earned their sixth straight county dual meet crown and raised their league unbeaten streak to 78 consecutive matches.

The teams could meet again in tomorrow's Class 4A-3A dual meet regionals, where host and top seed Old Mill meets 10th-ranked Severna Park and No. 2 seed Chesapeake meets 13th-ranked Arundel.

"I got the early takedown and said I'm not letting him get out," said Lubuglio, 15, who helped end a seven-bout winning streak by the Cougars (10-6, 10-1). "I rode him before, and I did it again. I felt like I let my team down before, but tonight, I made up for it."

Down 17-3 after six bouts, the Cougars pulled to 17-11 on a technical fall from sixth-ranked Seppi Serio (152) and a 3-2 victory by Josh Hall (160) over Mike Maltigliati on an escape with 10 seconds left. The Patriots went up 20-11 with a decision by Aaron Waddell (171), but a major decision by Chad Laplanche (189) and a decision by Pat McLanigan (215) brought the Cougars within 20-18.

The teams then swapped forfeits, setting up Lubuglio.

"We didn't have things go our way tonight," said Serio. "Hopefully, we'll come out more prepared on Wednesday and beat them."

Chesapeake gambled with lineup changes among its lower weights, bumping Shane Fraser, who mostly competes at 125 and 130, down to 119, and moving Cory Bowers and Steve Yaruta up one class each to 125 and 130. The Cougars got a 9-4 victory from Fraser over Justin Garrison, but Bowers lost to Doug West, 7-4, and Yaruta lost, 3-1, to Josh Baynham.

Chesapeake trailed 17-3 following a decision by Chris Volker (140) and major decisions by Jude Ayanleye (135) and Sam Nasser (145).

"He's beat me four times and I've beat him three times. When he weighed in at my weight, I figured he wanted a piece of me," said Baynham, who is ranked fifth at 130. "I was ready for whoever they put out there."

A state runner-up at 103 last year, Fraser was cradled to his back off the takedown for a 4-0 deficit. But his second of three takedowns gave him a 5-4 lead entering the third period.

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