Hubs pin loss on city rival

January 12, 1997


Staff Correspondent

A crowd small in size, but great in their devotion to wrestling roared either approval or disbelief over every match, as South Hagerstown hosted North Hagerstown for city bragging rights Saturday afternoon.

When the noise finally subsided, North had earned a 36-24 victory.

"We got pins when we needed them," said North coach Greg Slick. "Our kids have worked very hard and they just hung in there."

The Hubs won seven weight classes, five of them by pins, in a dual meet where freshmen provided plenty of surprises and excitement.


South freshman John Showe (103) started off with a surprise victory over Rob Wells, who was 9-1 coming into the match. Although Wells was stronger, Showe used a tilt for back points to cap his 6-4 decision. North's Ian Young (112) answered with three ankle picks in his 10-8 decision over Shawn Baker. Hubs Richie Dean (119) and David Curry (119) each registered pins to put North ahead.

Senior Rebel Jeremy Wiles (130) moved to 7-1 on the season with a 10-6 decision over Seth Staley. Wiles, who couldn't get the first takedown with a single-leg, promptly switched to a double. Using a tight waist grip and a very aggressive style, Wiles never relinquished his lead and gave North a 15-6 cushion.

State-ranked senior Kane Staley (135), who is now 13-3, took just 1:39 to snap down, take down and pin Troy Butts. Jason Romberger (140) took longer, but still pinned Aaron Zimmerman 12 seconds before the end of the match.

In the 145-pound bout, little happened until the third period, when South's Dave Boyer rallied for a takedown and got put on his back by Ryan Romberger for a 9-3 decision.

South was showing plenty of heart, but inexperience was taking its toll. Then Rebel freshman Bo Repp (152) outlasted Chris Demshire, 5-0. His teammate Rob Herr( 160), in a very emotional match-up, decisioned John Skrabak, 5-1. Junior Jason Priecko (171) roared onto the mat, pinning Terry Harnish in 1:12, pulling the Rebels within 30-18.

Enter North freshman Jeff Seidman (189), who pinned his freshman opponent Jake Howell just as fast, to a giant roar from the Hubs fans. Luke Englund (HWT) received a forfeit, but it didn't matter.

"It's a slow learning process," said South coach Brian Brake. "Our kids are in good shape, and they keep improving."

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