MSJ sends 10 to semifinals, jumps to lead at state meet


Jason Lanciotti built a five-point lead before pinning St. Paul's Mike Lima to become one of 10 Mount St. Joseph wrestlers to reach today's semifinals of Maryland Private Schools state tournament at McDonogh.

Also advancing for the No. 1 Gaels, who lead second-place DeMatha, 130-104, were the Lewnes brothers, top-ranked Sam (160 pounds) and second-ranked Mack (152), along with top-ranked Andrew Gold (103), No. 2 Bruce Dulski (112), Louis Ruonavar (119), No. 1 Tim Bohlman (125), No. 4 Dave Dulski (130), Dan Cannaday (140) and No. 6 Brian Propst (145).

"Every single point, every single match counts," said Lanciotti, who handed Lima his third loss. Mount St. Joseph is in search of its second state title since in three years.

Third-ranked Boys' Latin moved No. 3 Justin Fitch (130), Brian Saval (140), No. 2 Jerome Featherstone (160), No. 4 Elliott Freed (189), Colin Kahoe (215) and No. 5 Paul Marchese (heavyweight).

For fifth-ranked McDonogh, No. 5 Joe Breen (103), No. 5 Rob Willey (119), No. 4 Bryn Holmes (135), No. 1 Ricky Tippett (140) and No. 2 Ben Nichols (171) moved forward.

Archbishop Curley's Mark Frey, No. 1 at 130, continued his quest for a third state title.

DeMatha of Hyattsville moved defending champs Mike Rowe (112) and Cam Watkins (125) forward, along with National Preps champ Rudy Rueda (135), Bryan Sanders (119), Erik Fawcett (145), Gary Stewart (189) and Ken Jefferson (215).

No. 6 seed Justin Pavlischek (135) of Annapolis Area Christian School, who suffered a mild concussion last week while winning a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association crown, defaulted after winning his first match.

"He's had headaches all week, but we wanted to let him wrestle one match to see how he would do," said his father, Keith Pavlischek.

Andrew Weidig of the Maryland School for the Deaf battled valiantly before being pinned by Holmes with one second left in their first-round bout. Weidig (26-3), who briefly led 2-0, is a defending Eastern National champion against deaf wrestlers.

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