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Boonsboro beats Catoctin on mat

January 03, 2000|By MARILYN JANUS and TOM JANUS / Staff Correspondents

BOONSBORO - Boonsboro High School's Troy Straitiff won the first round of the battle of the first-year head coaches, defeating Mike Telemeco's Catoctin Cougars 39-27, collecting his first dual meet win of the season Monday night.

Diametrical opposites in coaching style, the two former local wrestlers agreed on one thing: there's room for improvement.

"Lack of mat time has hurt, especially over the holidays," said Straitiff. "We finally got Jerid Nalley back in the lineup, only to lose Kelly Keegan. Tim Griffith has been a nice surprise for us at 119 (pounds), but we'll start a brand new heavyweight, Nathan MacKenzie, against FSK on Saturday."

Catoctin, which fields just seven wrestlers (12 weight classes), got pins from four of them, and a decision from the fifth.

"I started the season with 22 kids," Telemeco said. "I've got a good core to build on. These kids work hard for me. I took five of them to the Leopard Invitational and we placed seventh out of 13 teams."

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Rather than just going from lower to heavier weights, Straitiff used the random draw method, which started the match at 171 pounds. A quick pin by Cougar Will Gorman brought up junior Ricky Hawkins (189), Leopard Invitational runnerup and Warriors veteran Senior Brad Kefauver.

Although Kefauver scored the initial takedown, Hawkins got the reversal from a lift, setting up a move-and-counter rhythm that lasted the entire match. In the end, Kefauver's wilier tactics could not overcome Hawkins' superior upper body strength and kinesthetic sense as the Cougar won, 11-10.

A heavyweight forfeit for Catoctin, and a double forfeit at 103 put No. 2-ranked Cougar Todd Adkins (112) against unranked freshman Jacob Stottlemyer, who held out against the pin for 5:50. Griffith's 39-second fall at 125 put Boonsboro ahead until Catoctin's Todd Krietz (130), coming back from an injury, decked Zach Staporovich. Kreitz has lost a little quickness on his feet, but has all the mat skills expected of a state qualifier.

A Cougar forfeit at 135 put the Warriors back in the lead to stay.

The win improves Boonsboro to 1-4.

"It's really tougher on this side of the mat," said Straitiff. "It seems like each wrestler needs a different kind of coaching, and I have to get more comfortable with that."

Boonsboro 39 Catoctin 27




171 Will Gorman (C) p. Wes Stewart, 1:16; 189 Ricky Hawkins (C) d. Brad Kefauver, 11-10; 275 Nathan MacKenzie (B) forfeit; 103 Double forfeit; 112 Todd Adkins (C) p. Jacob Stottlemyer, 5:50; 119 Chad Cline (B) forfeit; 125 Tim Griffith (B) p. Ian Simon, 0:39; 130 Todd Krietz (C) p. Zach Staporovich, 1:04; 135 Jake Michael (B) forfeit; 140 Billy Wilson (B) d. Billy Jenkins, 13-12; 145 Jerid Nalley (B) forfeit; 152 Derek Fogle (C) p. Brian Hegedus, 3:25; 160 Corey Courtney (B) forfeit.

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