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North's Staley wins state wrestling crown

March 08, 1998

North's Staley wins state wrestling crown

WESTMINSTER, Md. - North Hagerstown High's Seth Staley, although just a sophomore, was not the least bit intimidated by undefeated Dunbar senior Dennis Perry in the state wrestling championship Saturday at Western Maryland College.

Perry came into the 140-pound title match 27-0. Staley was 28-8. But Staley won 6-3 to claim North's first state wrestling title since 1988.

Staley said he knew he had the match won when he looked up at the scoreboard and saw he was ahead, 5-0.

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"I knew I could stall for the rest of the match,'' he said.

Staley said his goal this season was a top-three finish at states.

Last year, he finished sixth.

"It's quite a jump from sixth place,'' he said. "My bracket wasn't quite as hard as last year.''

One of Staley's rewards for winning the title will come on Wednesday.

"Coach Slick said if I won states, I could shave off his beard,'' Staley said. "It's going to be great.'' North High head coach Greg Slick has a full beard.

Staley was the lone individual state champion from Washington County.

Williamsport took second as a team, its best finish ever.

"It shows the caliber of wrestling in our area,'' Williamsport coach Chuck Martin said of his team's finish and Staley's championship.

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