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Cougars take bite out of Wildcats

January 30, 1997

By MARILYN JANUS

Staff Correspondent

THURMONT, Md. - Catoctin senior Ed Fink may be the happiest high school student in Frederick County this morning. His 15-12 victory over Williamsport's John Robins (160) clinched Thursday's dual meet and vaulted the Cougars into a three-way tie with the Wildcats and Francis Scott Key for the MVAL lead.

"Praise God," was Fink's initial reaction. "I wrestled smarter than I ever have in my life."

Catoctin overcame inexperience and sloppy moves, simply refusing to quit in the 39-20 victory. Three freshmen and a sophomore - Todd Krietz (103), Ryan Burd (112), Keith Leatherwood (119) and Chad Dewees (125) -claimed the first four weight classes.

Williamsport's Joe Burger (130) then decisioned Jason Monaghan. After calling a team huddle in the middle of Burger's bout, Wildcats coach Chuck Martin gave up a forfeit at 135 to Jeremy Fuss, making the score 24-4.

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Williamsport then pressed to catch up and got caught by costly mistakes.

"Some of our guys beat themselves," Martin said. "We couldn't get the pins. We lost matches at the buzzer that we were winning on points."

Wildcats seniors Mark Schiller (140) and Adam Vancour (145) each toughed out overtime wins - Schiller with a front headlock spin-out and Vancour with a lateral drop. Jared Myers (152) then tech-falled Dale Gentile, 17-1. Still, what the Wildcats needed were pins, and Catoctin just wouldn't oblige.

"Every one of our boys knew what he had to do tonight and he did it," Cougars coach Ed Williams said. "All their hard training paid off."

Then, up stepped Ed Fink, inspiring teammate Dane Miller (171) to pin over-rotating Josh Robins.

Williamsport's Jimi Massey (189), back in the lineup after six weeks, used a cross-arm and a tight waist from the standing position to foot-sweep Bobby Gray. The referee, standing behind Massey, called it an illegal slam. Since Gray never returned to the mat, he was given an injury default over Massey. Wildcats heavyweight Shaun Shank then scored an impressive pin over Erik Shekels, but the team victory was already booked.

Perhaps Fink summed up his team's effort the best.

"It's not a question of simply not giving up," Fink said. "You really gotta want it."

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