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Lewnes lifts Mt. St. Joe to 2nd state title in a row


Mack Lewnes' takedown made it 7-all with 13 seconds left in regulation and he prevailed, 9-7, with his double-leg shot on the mat's edge 12 seconds into overtime against DeMatha's Rudy Rueda in last night's 152-pound class final at the Maryland private schools wrestling tournament at McDonogh.

Lewnes (44-2) overcame two five-point deficits, coming within 7-4 entering the third period on a buzzer-beating Peterson roll. In Rueda (38-4), Lewnes defeated a three-time National Preps champion who rose from 145 pounds to put his 21-0 record to the test.

"Everyone's been touting this really highly, saying he's going to come after you - which he did. That's the most I've been taken down in a match this year," said Lewnes, a Mount St. Joseph sophomore who was named the event's Outstanding Wrestler. "He'd get a single or a high crotch and dump me. I came out kind of cold, but I knew I had to pick it up. The Peterson and the duck-under [takedown] were crucial. My conditioning won it for me."

Lewnes was joined in victory by teammates Andrew Gold (112 pounds), Bruce Dulski (119), Jon Kohler (125) and Dave Dulski (135) as the No. 1 Gaels (308 points) won their second straight crown and an unprecedented fourth overall since the event's inception in 1995. DeMatha (212 1/2 ) was second and McDonogh (210 1/2 ) third.

The Gaels' runners-up were Jake Bohn (145) and Kevin O'Connor (189), with Greg Gold (103), Alex Ward (130), Brandon Propst (140) and K.C. Samuelson (160) placing third and Dan Cannaday (171) fourth.

Andrew Gold (38-4), coming off a loss to McDonogh's Joe Breen in last week's final at the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament, edged Breen, 2-1, for his second straight crown after pinning four opponents.

Bruce Dulski also won his second state title, scoring his second 1-0 win of the year over DeMatha's Bryan Sanders (49-7) in a showdown of former state champions. Kohler downed favored Michael Bressler of Grace Bretheran, 11-4. Dave Dulski topped Cam Watkins (38-4) of McDonogh, 5-3.

Winning for McDonogh were Ricky Tippett (140), Luke Rebertus (145) and Bryn Holmes (160). Tippett (37-3) earned his second state title, 6-2, over Georgetown Prep's Brad Katzenberger.

Holmes (160, 35-4) pinned all five opponents, including Bullis' Jay Gorman, to win a championship battle of state runners-up and avenge an earlier overtime loss. Rebertus (34-5) avenged an earlier loss, 3-0, over Bohn.

Loyola's Brady Smith (heavyweight 12-2) pinned three opponents and avenged an earlier loss, 8-5, over John Carroll's MIAA champ Zack Tscheulin (33-7).

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