Wrestlers pin hopes on format

March 08, 1997


Staff Correspondent

WESTMINSTER, Md. - After only two rounds of wrestling, the new "follow the leader" system at the Maryland State Tournament is already proving of value.

In 1A-2A, Williamsport's No. 4 seed Adam Vancour (140) faced Wheaton's top-ranked Scott Munsey in the first round. Munsey, previously No. 1 in the state at 145, quickly tech-falled Vancour. Munsey then won his second match, giving Vancour a chance at a wrestleback.

In 3A-4A, No. 4 seed Tim Haney of Linganore (140) faced top-seed Darren Black of Frederick Douglass and lost, 12-0. Black then defeated Tim Sharkey of Westminster.


Kevin Ferraro of Frederick, the top seed at 140, dropped a close first match, 7-5, to an opponent who barely lasted a minute against his next opponent. Ferraro was then eliminated.

In 3A-4A, Frederick advanced Dustin Bane (130), Shane Hildebrand (145), Keith Patterson (152) and Bo Harper (160) to today's semifinals.

Linganore's undefeated Ryan Green (152) pinned both his opponents to advance. If he and Patterson survive the semis, they will meet in the finals. In their regional matchup, Green won, 1-0.

Ryan Hoffman (189) of Thomas Johnson had Ray Henry of Westminster pinned when the second period ended, but the referee's mat slap was overruled. Therefore, Hoffman advances to the semis with a pin and a tech-fall. He will likely face Jaime Blankenship of Eastern Technical for the state title. Blankenship edged Linganore's George O'Brien, 8-7.

In 1A-2A, Jimi Massey of Williamsport (189) advances to the semis, as do Chad Dewees (119) and Jeremy Fuss (135) of Catoctin, Chris Keller (125) and Zane Harshman (145) of Middletown, and Luke Englund of South Hagerstown (275).

North Hagerstown's Ian Young (103), Richie Dean (112) and Seth Staley (130) will wrestleback today. Joining them will be Clayton Harr (112) of Boonsboro, Chris Kehne (119) and Lonnie McClain (135) of Walkersville, Jeremy Wiles (135) of South Hagerstown, Jason Monaghan (130) and Dane Miller (189) of Catoctin, Vancour and Shaun Shank (275) of Williamsport, and Justin Shafer (189) of Middletown.

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