The distance between the No. 1 McDonogh wrestling team and the rest in the metropolitan area extended even more after the Eagles' visit to Archbishop Curley last night.
Facing their closest league rival with first place on the line in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association, the Eagles took control from the start and didn't let up until they had completed a 47-17 win over the No. 4 Friars.
The Eagles (18-3) remained undefeated in the A Conference with an 8-0 mark, while the Friars (13-2) fell to 7-1. McDonogh can clinch its third straight conference title at home Friday by beating Mount St. Joseph.
The McDonogh wrestlers dominated when it counted the most last night against the talented Friars.
With junior Josh Fitch (140 pounds) getting things started with an 8-1 decision over Ali Saadulaev, the Eagles won the first eight matches. When senior Lane Clelland (285 pounds) scored a second-period pin over Tony Powell, the Eagles had the match clinched with a 38-0 lead.
During that run, only one Friars wrestler took a lead in a bout when Andre Arthur scored an early takedown on Alex Pagnotta at 189 pounds, but the latter came away with a second-period pin.
"Our coach [Pete Welch] keeps our heads on straight, and we get up for every single match," Fitch said. "So we don't treat any match differently, and we came here and this is what we wanted to do."
The Eagles also got a pin from Doug Schenk at 215 pounds.
For the Friars, Joe Nelson scored a technical fall at 112 pounds, Tyler Scarinzi earned a pin at 125 pounds and Bubba Corbett came back to take a 7-5 decision over Albert Woody at 135 pounds.