Down 23-0, Harford Tech beats McDonogh

Harford Tech's Mike Taylor won a 130-pound-class matchup of state runners-up, 9-2 over Robbie Willey last night, clinching his 100th career win along with a 33-30 dual-meet victory at No. 5 McDonogh.

The loss is believed to be the first to a public school in McDonogh's 10 years under coach Pete Welch, whose Eagles are 17-4 this season to No. 3 Harford Tech's 10-0.


"I edged him, 3-2, last year, but I stepped it up more tonight," said Taylor, who is ranked No. 3 at 17-2. "I wrestled my best under extreme pressure."

McDonogh's Joe Breen (112 pounds, 24-2 record) tied the meet score at 27 with a 9-0 rout of Mike Long (16-3), but it was 30-27 Cobras after sophomore Erik Haskell (119) edged Ajmer Dwivedi, 11-8, after a five-point second period.


Brandon Tillman (125) then decisioned the Cobras' Mark Owens, tying the meet at 30-30 and setting the stage for Taylor.

Down 23-0 after five straight losses, the Cobras mounted their own five-bout run. They went up 27-23 on a pin by junior heavyweight Chris Moxey in 4:33 and a come-from-behind 5-3 overtime win by freshman Matt Oates (103) over Rick Lyon-Vaiden.

"I was scared as heck when we were down by all those points, but my team was counting on me," Oates said. "They pulled for me, and I gutted it out."

Moxey gave the Cobras their first lead at 24-23. He followed Jeff Gardner (171), who pinned McDonogh's Jesse Sataloff 24 seconds into overtime after having trailed 6-2 early. Harford Tech's Scott Tipton (215) pinned Thomas Grubb with one second left, and No. 4 teammate Tony Gibson (189, 17-2) won by forfeit.

McDonogh's opening run began with a 59-second pin by No. 1 Cam Watkins (135, 24-3), and included major decisions by No. 2 Luke Rebertus (145, 25-3) and Mark Lyon-Vaiden (160).

Also, No. 1-ranked private schools champ Ricky Tippett (140, 22-3) edged No. 3 Brad Dreyer, 3-1, in overtime, scoring a takedown on the edge of the mat. Deyer's only previous loss was by 2-1 to Owings Mills' No. 2, Sasha Binder.

Tippett was followed by Bryn Holmes (152, 19-3). Ranked No. 4 at 145. Holmes moved up a class to pin the Cobras' Josh Taylor (17-3), scoring five of his eight near-fall points in the first period, when his first of three throws put Taylor on his back.

Holmes defeated a wrestler whose prior losses were by decision to state champions Nathan Bachmann (Fallston) and Kyle Skinner (St. Mark's).


"We lost to an awesome team in an awesome match," said Tippett, whose team boasted six of the dual meet's 10 ranked wrestlers. "It was an honor to wrestle these guys."