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Sutch plays large role in Saints' victory

January 12, 2006|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

SAINT JAMES - Jimmy Sutch shouldn't be taken lightly, even when his opponent on the wrestling mat outweighs him by nearly 20 pounds.

The St. James junior, who's ranked second in the Maryland private-school state rankings at 171 pounds, bumped up a weight class Wednesday to take on Maret's Patrick Carr at 189 and got big results. Sutch teched out Carr 23-7 in 3:58 to improve to 15-0 on the season as the No. 6 Saints improved to 3-0 in the Mid Atlantic Conference (6-4 overall) with a 55-21 victory over the Frogs (2-9, 0-2).

"I knew I could handle it," Sutch said of his first career bout at 189. "I just had to use quickness instead of strength. ... I just wrestle and hit moves - whatever works. I had to be real technical today because he was 20 pounds heavier."

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Sutch was one of 10 winners for St. James. Conrad Dryland pinned his opponent in 47 seconds at 215, Steve Lee won by tech fall at 140, John Lee won by decision at 130 and Omatola Okusanya (145), Luke Salisbury (171), Bryan Davis (275), Patrick Solberg (103), Nick Yaraghi (112) and Steven Cordina (119) each won by forfeit for the Saints.

"When we know we're getting all those forfeits, it kind of takes some of our inspiration away," Sutch said, "because we know we're probably going to win."

Perhaps 152-pounder Rex Salisbury was one of the Saints lacking some inspiration - or maybe he had already given Maret's Mike Tcheyan too much of it by beating him 2-0 in the championship finals of the Holloway Tournament last month. In one of Wednesday's most anticipated bouts, Tcheyan (15-2) avenged the loss by pinning Salisbury (13-3) in 1:12.

But that hardly made a difference in the team score as the Saints moved a step closer to winning their third MAC dual-meet title in the last four seasons. Defending champ Sidwell Friends, which also is undefeated in the conference, wrestles at St. James on Jan. 21.

"We always have Sidwell Friends in our sights," Saints coach Jesse Young said. "But the league is improving enough that we can't look past anyone or take anyone lightly."

Sutch, who went 28-8 last season, isn't taking anything lightly this season. He placed fourth at 152 in the private-school state championships as a sophomore and sixth at 145 as a freshman.

He said a lot of hard work has gone into what he hopes is a run at the state title this year.

"Last year he was probably just as good of a wrestler, but he didn't have the confidence he has this year," Young said. "Last year he wanted to place at states. This year he wants to win it."

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