McDonogh freshman Roman Braglio ended all hope for Archbishop Spalding's Cavaliers last night in a match that featured the area's No. 4 and No. 3 teams, respectively. When Braglio came back from a three-point deficit to win his 215-pound match, it assured the Eagles' victory in a match that ended 51-18.
"We'd been talking about this match all week," said Braglio, who beat Sean Reedy, 11-9, with a takedown in the final 10 seconds. "It was a big win. ... Everyone was saying give 100 percent because Spalding had beaten our rival Mount St. Joe and that they must be pretty good."
Braglio couldn't help but smile.
"We got 'em, and it feels pretty good," he said.
Spalding had jumped from No. 5 to No. 3 with its victory over Mount St. Joseph last week and came in last night with confidence. The Cavaliers started strong, taking the early 6-3 lead with a pin by Vince McHale at 135. But after that, even though Spalding's wrestlers sometimes seemed to have the edge, McDonogh (14-2) came away with 10 straight wins.
Spalding's Will Switzer (125) said the Cavaliers had come to McDonogh expecting to win and that it was "a little disappointing that we couldn't get it done."
McDonogh's Curtis Holmes (145), Ben Sataloff (160), Matt Gilbert (heavyweight) and Max Sataloff (103) won with pins.
Severn coach Chuck Miller was a little concerned going into last night's game at No. 13 Old Mill after Monday's lopsided loss to McDonogh and then the loss of his top player, 6-foot forward Leanne Hug, to an ankle sprain.
The No. 12 Admirals (12-2) apparently weren't so worried, bolting out to a 26-2 lead, which gave them just enough room to hold off a fourth-quarter rally and defeat the Patriots, 52-48.
"It was definitely a big challenge trying to play without Leanne," Admirals junior guard Aura Payne said, "but we embraced the challenge."
Payne (17 points) hit four three-pointers in the first half, including back-to-back ones that pushed the Admirals' lead to 24 early in the second quarter.
The slow-starting Patriots (9-3), coming off Tuesday night's 71-43 loss to No. 5 Arundel, trailed by 20 going into the fourth quarter. But they picked up the pace and pulled within 50-46 on two free throws by Shante Alexander with 14 seconds left. Three seconds later, Liz Harbeson hit both ends of the one-and-one to seal the victory for the Admirals.
St. Paul's 39, McDonogh 34: : The Gators (16-0) - led by Symonne Newsome with 13 points - made 14 of 18 free throws in the fourth quarter to preserve the win.
Reservoir 38, No. 14 Mount Hebron 37: : Brianna Bradford scored 18 points as the Gators upset the visiting Vikings (9-2).
Patapsco 53, No. 10 Woodlawn 50: : The Warriors (6-6) fell to the visiting Patriots for their second straight loss. Julian Rosaly had a game-high 15 points for Patapsco.
Baltimore Sun reporters contributed to this article.