Knight wrestlers fend off Rebels

February 07, 1997


Staff Correspondent

Despite some fired-up individual performances from South Hagerstown on its home mat, Middletown's well-schooled wrestlers claimed 7 of 13 weight classes and edged the Rebels, 39-30, in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League dual meet Thursday.

"We wrestle the center of the mat, that's where the action is," said Knights coach Jim Schartner "We stress being positive, and using your head. Wrestling is mental as well as physical."

South's ever-improving Jon Showe (103) jumpstarted the action by powering Dan Cline onto his back for a pin in exactly one minute. Teammate Luy Doan (112), avenging Wednesday night's loss to Williamsport's Josh Swartz, traded shots and reversals with Josh Tregoning for six wild and crazy moments before winning, 14-13.


Then it was Middletown's turn. Lanky Mike Kanner (119) applied continuous pressure and combination moves to Jamie Moore until he pinned him. No. 3 Chris Keller (125) slapped a head and arm on Shane Williams for his pin. Josh Reeder (130) won by forfeit. Sophomore Elliot Blair (135), using smart, patient combinations, handed senior standout Jeremy Wiles a tough loss in his last home meet, 14-10.

But South wasn't finished.

Aaron Zimmerman (140) overpowered Steve Taylor from the whistle, but took two periods to pin him.

"We concentrate on not giving up those team points," Schartner said. "In drills, we'll say, "You're on your back. How do you get him on his back?'"

Jason Bariatti (145) used the always-effective head and arm to pin Dave Boyer. No. 2 Zane Harshman (152) played "takedown" on his way to pinning Bo Repp, but not before the scrappy freshman scored a surprising takedown of his own.

South still wasn't done.

Rob Herr (160) prevailed 20-7 over Shawn Peters, and Jason Priecko (171) pinned Jamie Dillion to make the score 33-25 in favor of Middletown, with two bouts to go.

Justin Shafer (189) put the victory on ice for the Knights, pinning Jake Howell in 1:35. South closed out the meet as No. 5 Luke Englund (HWT) earned a 17-2 tech fall over Danny Rumpf.

"We're really thrilled to be going to the State Duals," Schartner said. "We need to concentrate on that right now."

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