Seeds hold true at West region wrestling meet

March 01, 1997


Staff Correspondent

Plain and simple, seedings work.

The top four seeds advanced in seven weight classes Friday night after the first round of the Maryland 1A-2A West region wrestling competition at North Hagerstown. And for good measure, four of the top five moved on in four other classes.

The exception - and the surprise of the evening - came through an injury default by Urbana' Stephen Chucoski, the state's sixth-ranked wrestler and the top seed at 140. It allowed ninth-seeded Steve Cahoon of Francis Scott Key to advance and left uncertainty whether Chucoski will wrestle in today's semifinals.

Sixth-seeded Tim Beale of FSK provided the other major surprise at 145 by pinning third-seeded Chris Ryder of Catoctin.

FSK leads the pack with nine wrestlers qualifying for today's semis. Southern Garrett advanced seven, while Northern Garrett, Westmar and Williamsport are tied with six apiece.


Joe Burger (130), Mark Schiller (135), Adam Vancour (140), Jared Myers (152), Jimi Massey (189) and Shaun Shank (HWT) advanced for the Wildcats.

Vancour faces the toughest assignment against Northern Garrett's Jimmy Green, who is ranked No. 6 in the state. Meanwhile, Myers, who scored an impressive win over Smithsburg's seasoned senior Grant Wolak, will face Southern Garrett's Nathan Rickman, rated No. 2 in the state, in the semifinals.

North Hagerstown placed Ian Young (103), Richie Dean (112) and Kane Staley (135) in the semifinals. South Hagerstown qualified Jon Showe (103), Jeremy Wiles (135) and Luke Englund.

With the top seeds advancing predictably, wrestlebacks are shaping up to be a round of upsets. Only four wrestlers from each weight class qualify for states, which raises the stakes.

Key semifinal matchups include: Southern Garrett's Eric Rexrode against FSK's Bill Yost at 125; Matt Yinger of FSK against Southern Garrett's Paul Tepper at 130; Cahoon facing Southern Garrett's Nick Dolan at 140; and Beale against Southern Garrett's Tommy Swietzer at 145.

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