By MARILYN JANUS
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.