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Heimbuch's heroics lift Warriors

February 05, 1997

By MARILYN JANUS

Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - Never underestimate the power of a senior's pride.

In just under a minute, Boonsboro's Chris Heimbuch (189), wrestling his last high-school match, pinned Tim Riker and sealed the fate of previously undefeated Maryland School for the Deaf.

Heimbuch's victory gave the Warriors a 39-30 win over the Orioles Tuesday night.

"I've had the flu, so whatever I did, I knew I had to do it quickly," said Heimbuch, not only a first-year wrestler, but a newcomer to high school sports.

"Chris is a natural athlete," Warriors coach Steve Pepperak, himself an NCAA All-American, said. "With four seasons to coach him instead of one, who knows what we could have done?"

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Nothing about this dual meet was predictable.

Boonsboro's Josh Hollinshed (103) opened with a cross-arm to a cradle to a pin of Adam Baker. Teammate Clayton Harr (112) then scored a major decision over Jeremy Brown, and Josh Kretzer (119) earned fastest pin honors at 40 seconds over MSD'S William Bowers.

MSD's Robert Steele (125) then returned the favor, pinning James Hull with superior upper body strength.

Orioles senior Alvin Evans (130) repeated the cross-arm to pin Frank Ervin, but Boonsboro's Brad Palm (135) retaliated by pinning John Jones.

The 140-pound match between Matt Wagner and Conrad Hause demonstrated just how universal wrestling is. Wagner's strong grip got him reversals, but he kept missing the pinning move. Hause's strong legs got him takedowns, but he was always too high to finish. Pepperak and Orioles coach Jeff White - one yelling, one signalling - spent a frustrating six minutes trying to keep their wrestlers out of trouble. Near the end of the match, Wagner went for a takedown and Hause countered with a cross-face to a cross-arm, getting back points at the buzzer to win 12-7 for MSD.

Boonsboro senior Brian Grabill (145), keeping the pride alive on Senior Night, pinned freshman Antonio Jimenez. MSD senior Alan Duke (152) got his biggest team reaction of the night when he pinned Tyler Newman and tightened the team score to 27-21.

The Warriors' Chad Smith (160) then pinned MSD's Jesus Pocangas, before Dejuan Hamilton (171), MDS's marquee wrestler, dispatched Alton Temple, 8-2.

With Boonsboro leading 33-24, and MSD prepared to accept a forfeit at heavyweight, Heimbuch took the mat.

"These guys have learned a lot of wrestling this season" said Pepperak. "Hopefully, a couple will become county champions and qualify for regionals."

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