As he wrestled in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association heavyweight consolation final yesterday, McDonogh sophomore Doug Schenk had no idea his team's championship hopes rested solely on his shoulders.
But as Schenk (27-11) pinned Rob Mutschler of Spalding, he vaulted McDonogh to an insurmountable total of 249.5 points -- 3.5 ahead of host Mount St. Joseph -- and its first MIAA tournament title in four years. Curley (204.5) finished third.
"It feels awesome," Schenk said. "I didn't know it all came down to me, but I'm glad I could win it for the team."
Schenk was one of 11 place-winners for the Eagles, who are without their injured 103-pound standout, Eric Filipowicz.
For McDonogh, Josh Fitch (112 pounds), Curtis Holmes (130), Joe Breen (140), and Bryn Holmes (152) won titles; Shane Milam (135), Kramer Whitelaw (145) and Alex Pagnotta (171) were second; Ben Levin (125), Kyle O'Brien (215) and Schenk third, and Albert Woody (119) fourth.
With four pins, including a fall in the final over Curley's Tyler Scarinzi, Fitch (17-3) won the event's award for scoring the most team points.
In other finals won by McDonogh wrestlers, Curtis Holmes (33-4) won, 4-2, over Annapolis Area Christian's Patrick McMahon (35-3); Breen (14-1) headlocked and pinned Loyola's James Davies (28-3) in 3:26; and Bryn Holmes (36-2) flattened Curley's Mike Kulik (26-10) in 45 seconds.
Though Mount St. Joseph was edged for the team title, the Gaels set an MIAA record with eight individual titles.
Austin Clouse (103), Dan Whitenak (119), Jon Kohler (135), Chris King (145), Mack Lewnes (160), Alex Ward (171), Jake Bohn (189) and Andrew DePalma (275) all stood atop the podium at their respective weights.
Lewnes (40-1) scored an 18-3 technical fall over Boys' Latin's Grady Gamble (11-1) to cap his fourth championship here and earn the event's Outstanding Wrestler award.
Clouse (25-12) won, 14-7, over Calvert Hall's Nik Gialamis (27-6), , and Whitenak (29-10) won, 2-1, on an overtime stalling call against Spalding's Chris Laidley (30-7).
Three Gaels beat McDonogh wrestlers in the finals. Kohler (35-7) scored a major decision over Milam (26-9), King (20-17) knocked off Whitelaw (26-7), who had defeated King three times this year, and Ward (35-4) bumped up from 152 to win in overtime, 8-6, over Pagnotta (28-7).
Bohn (28-3) needed only 12 seconds to headlock and pin Curley's Josh Boler (28-9). And DePalma (24-11) won, 2-1, over John Carroll's John Von Paris (32-5).
Other individual champions were St. Mary's Lou Ruland (125) and Curley's Joe Green (215). Ruland (35-4) edged Curley's Mitch Fenton (30-3) with a double-overtime escape at the buzzer. Green (30-3) beat John Carroll's J.T. Levendusky (30-5) by a 6-2 score for his second title.