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Hubs wrestle tight victory out of Urbana

January 29, 1999|By MARILYN JANUS and TOM JANUS / Staff Correspondents

BOONSBORO - The marquee was set aside for a showdown between Seth Staley and Steve Chucoski in a 152-pound battle of titans.

It never happened. But even with Staley and Jimmy Starkey (119), out of the lineup, North Hagerstown managed to scratch out a 31-27 victory over Urbana Thursday in a tri-meet matchup.

Urbana led 21-20 heading into the third round of the meet, without the two Hubs' mainstays in the lineup.

It made every match a showdown.

In triangular format, each team wrestles four matches per round, using two mats and with the weight classes picked at random.

By the luck of the draw, North freshman Chris Joliet (103) faced Urbana's Nick Limparis on one mat while teammate Jason Houser (140) battled Urbana's Mike Breslin on the other. Limparis, a freshman, pinned Joliet at 5:09. Meanwhile, House, a senior, earned an 11-4 major decision over Breslin.

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Advantage: Urbana, 27-23.

North's Paul Toomey dispatched Urbana's Andy Taylor, 14-3, at 125 on the first mat to tie the team score. Meanwhile Thomas Horton scored a 16-8 major decision over Urbana's Jay Covell at 160 on the second mat to score the margin of victory.

"Those tall guys are always tough. They can reach farther than you can," said Horton, now 8-2. "But my strength is wrestling on my feet, so I just went after him."

Horton only responded with a smile when he was asked how he will work against Covell the next time they meet. Horton is unable to wrestle from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday for religious reasons.

North dominated Boonsboro, 48-12.

Ryan Romberger (171) logged two pins. Andrew Nichols (112), Zach Greenwald (135), Mike Dempsher (145), Jeff Seidman (189), Toomey, Houser, and Horton were double winners for the Hubs.

Boonsboro won only two matches in its 57-9 loss to Urbana.

Senior Clayton Harr (119), whose only losses have been to state placers Jim Shetler of Hedgesville and Williamsport's Eric Kuczynski, was upset 8-7 at the buzzer on a close call by Urbana junior Luke Jones.

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