WRESTLING

Dugan Gets 'a Little Revenge'

DeMatha's Matt Dugan, top, tries to prevent Adam Healy of Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) from escaping during Dugan's victory in the 140-pound final.
DeMatha's Matt Dugan, top, tries to prevent Adam Healy of Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) from escaping during Dugan's victory in the 140-pound final. (By John Mcdonnell -- The Washington Post)
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By Ryan Mink
Special to The Washington Post
Sunday, February 10, 2008

Before DeMatha senior Matt Dugan tries a new move, he has to be 100 percent sure that it's going to work.

"That's the way Matt works on percentages," DeMatha Coach Dick Messier said.

That's also why Dugan, despite wrestling every day except one for the past year, just started using some new tricks.

The 140-pound Dugan used his more aggressive strategy to beat Wyoming Seminary's Adam Healy, 14-2, in yesterday's St. Albans Invitational final in Northwest Washington. Healy entered having won three St. Albans championships, including last year when he beat Dugan, 11-0, in the final.

Dugan won his first championship jacket in four trips to the 62-year-old tournament after not placing his freshman year and taking fourth as a sophomore.

"I don't think I'm going to take my jacket off for a week," Dugan said. "A little revenge is nice."

Dugan, who often hears jeers from the crowd that he's stalling, knows his strength -- wrestling with his opponent on the mat. That's evident by his more than 100 career pins.

But the trouble for Dugan (47-5) always has been mustering enough courage to get his opponent to the mat. After losing to Healy last season, Dugan realized something had to change. This year he adopted a throw-by move out of a defensive position and has taken more shots.

"I don't do much in neutral. That's not a secret," Dugan said. "The whole time I was out there I was thinking about [taking a shot]. It's hard. I was probably over-analyzing it."

About 30 seconds into the first period, Dugan used his throw-by to grab a leg. One takedown was all he needed. With nearly the whole first period to work on top, he scored five back points, then took top position for the second period and tilted Healy three more times.

Bullis 135-pound senior Mattie Danielson (40-0) was named the tournament's outstanding wrestler after he beat Wyoming Seminary's Cullen Isenberg, 3-2, by escaping with 13 seconds left in the third period. Isenberg had beaten Danielson, 12-0 and 9-0, in their two previous matches.

O'Connell 125-pound junior Nam Dunbar (37-1) won his second consecutive jacket with a 17-5 win over DeMatha's Kyle Haden. Gonzaga freshman Paul O'Neill (28-1) won the 103-pound title with a 3-0 win against DeMatha's Pat Prada.

St. Albans Invitational Foreign Invasion: New Jersey's St. Benedict's placed first and Pennsylvania's Wyoming Seminary second in the team standings. DeMatha, which won last year's tournament, finished third. Stag Titles: Senior Mike Aguggia (189) won his sixth tournament this season, beating Chris Johnson of St. Benedict's, 6-4. Sophomore heavyweight Arie Kouandjio won the first tournament of his career, pinning Woodberry Forest's T. Moore Evins with 16 seconds left in the second period. St. Albans Invitational Foreign Invasion: New Jersey's St. Benedict's placed first and Pennsylvania's Wyoming Seminary second in the team standings. DeMatha, which won last year's tournament, finished third. Stag Titles: Senior Mike Aguggia (189) won his sixth tournament this season, beating Chris Johnson of St. Benedict's, 6-4. Sophomore heavyweight Arie Kouandjio won the first tournament of his career, pinning Woodberry Forest's T. Moore Evins with 16 seconds left in the second period.


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