Orem's key victory helps Gaels take down Friars

Danny Orem held a four-point lead over Archbishop Curley senior Steve Kain last night when Mount St. Joseph coach Kirk Salvo signaled for him to go for the rout.

The sophomore responded, continually letting Kain to his feet and taking him down en route to scoring seven takedowns in a 17-6 major decision that paced the No. 2 Gaels to a 34-32 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference dual-meet win over the visiting third-ranked Friars.


"When [Salvo] signaled for the optional start, it was time to go for the extra points," said Orem, whose Gaels (8-0, 5-0) won only six of the 14 bouts, but got pins from Frank Goodwin (103), Austin Clouse (112), Will Selba (145), Chris King (152) and Jake Bohn (189). "Making my score more lopsided, that added to our intensity down the stretch."

One of the Gaels' 10 underclassmen, Orem pushed the Gaels' lead to 34-23 with three bouts left. The Friars failed to make up the difference, mustering decisions by top-ranked Mitch Fenton (130), Ali Saadoulaev (135) and Russ Quillett (140), respectively, over underclassmen Benny Shaufele, Kevin Bohlman and Bobby Bowman.


The pins by Will Selba and King gave the Gaels an early 12-0 lead and "set the tone for the rest of the match," Will Selba said. "Coach said we needed a strong start, and I think that's what we gave him."

The Friars (9-1, 2-1) were within 12-11 after Mike Kulik (160) and Joe Foster (171) registered a pin and a 16-1 technical fall, respectively, with Foster scoring 10 near-fall points.

The Gaels pushed their lead to 18-11 after top-ranked Jake Bohn (189) earned his 21st pin of the season by beating fourth-ranked Sam Burdych, but the Friars were within 18-17 after sixth-ranked Josh Boler (215) edged third-ranked Jake Selba, 6-3, and Tony Powell (285) scored an overtime takedown to beat Karl Green, 3-1.

Goodwin and Clouse offset a pin by the Friars' Tyler Scarinzi (119) to give Mount St. Joseph a 30-23 lead.

"I thought after my match and Tony's, everybody was fired up," said Boler, who was coming off an injury to his right knee that forced him to default out of last weekend's Mount Mat Madness Invitational. "But down the stretch, we needed a little bit more and didn't get it."