Senior Justin Wheeler upset former state runner-up Colin Kahoe of Boys' Latin, 3-2, in double overtime last night, and sophomore Andrew DePalma pinned St. Paul's favored Chris Ilardo as host and defending champion Mount St. Joseph moved all 14 wrestlers into today's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament semifinals.
Wheeler (215 pounds) avenged a 10-point dual-meet loss, and DePalma (heavyweight) overcame a 3-0 deficit. They improved to a combined 22-35 on the season, joining the Gaels' school record for semifinalists.
"He was the bigger, No. 2 seed," said DePalma, a 213-pound second-year wrestler. "He was supposed to win, but I didn't quit."
DePalma and Wheeler followed Greg Gold (103), Andrew Gold (112, 26-3), Bruce Dulski (119), Jon Kohler (125), Alex Ward (130), David Dulski (135), Brandon Propst (140), Jake Bohn (145), Mack Lewnes (152, 39-2), K.C. Samuelson (160), Dan Cannaday (171) and Kevin O'Connor (189), as the Gaels pinned 20 of 23 rivals to build a 138-90 lead over McDonogh.
The second-place Eagles advanced Joe Breen (112, 26-3), Brandon Tillman (125), Rob Willey (130, 19-4), Cam Watkins (135, 33-3), Ricky Tippett (140, 30-3), Luke Rebertus (145, 33-3), Bryn Holmes (160, 26-4) and Jesse Sataloff (171).
Lewnes and Andrew Gold seek their second straight crowns, and Bruce Dulski his school-record fourth, Tippett and Willey their third straight. Bohn and Rebertus meet in a semifinal matchup of talented freshmen.