Holmes gives McDonogh lift over Harford Tech, 44-24

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Private schools champion Bryn Holmes defeated Harford Tech's state runner-up, Josh Taylor, by major decision (13-1) at 160 pounds to close out last night's 44-24 dual-meet victory by visiting, 10th-ranked McDonogh over the sixth-ranked Harford County power.

Holmes' second win in as many seasons over Taylor (22-2) helped the Eagles (8-1) to avenge last year's dual-meet loss. It also eased his disappointment over his overtime, title-bout loss to Owings Mills' Mike Kessler in last weekend's Mount Mat Madness tournament.

McDonogh also recorded a 52-18 rout of Eastern Tech (7-2), which Harford Tech (7-1) beat, 53-24.

"I wrestle the same every week, no matter who it is," said Holmes, a senior who is 23-3 with 18 pins. "Our guys picked it up this week and contributed to a big team win."

For the night, McDonogh got two pins from No. 1 Joe Breen (130), a pin and a technical fall from No. 3 Josh Fitch (103), a pin and a major decision from Kramer Whitelaw (135), a pin and a decision from Ben Levin (112) and two decisions from Kyle O'Brien (215).

Breen is 28-3 with 22 pins.

For Harford Tech, No. 2 Jeff Gardner (171) had two pins, No. 3 Mike Long (125) had two technical falls, Eric Haskell (119) had a pin and a major decision and Jon Woods (145/152) two decisions. The Cobras' Chris Moxey (275) pinned McDonogh's Joe Damiba, whom he had edged, 2-1, earlier.

Woods (10-9) had a big night, beating McDonogh's Mark Lyon-Vaiden, 3-2, and scoring a 4-2 upset of Eastern Tech's No. 6, Tom Butcher (20-4). Butcher was coming off Tuesday's 4-3 victory over Lansdowne's previously unbeaten Jerry Lipscomb (23-1).

Harford Tech was without No. 2 Matt Kahl (145) and Matt Zaun (189), each of whom was sick. Mark Owens (140) has a knee injury.

Eastern Tech's No. 3, Chris Clark (140, 18-2) won, 5-2, over McDonogh's No. 1, Rob Willey (19-4).

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