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Matt Talk - With a little help from our friends

January 19, 2000

Mat Talk has a deep dark secret to confess. We have not produced the penetrating analyses and insightful evaluations of the past four seasons all by ourselves. No, we have capitalized on the inexhaustible knowledge of wrestling shared with us by a source in the bleachers, who, for reasons of modesty and personal safety, wishes to be known only as All-Knowing Fan.

Shy by nature, All-Knowing Fan has been provoked to speech because, says AKF, we are still displaying cluelessness about the true secret of wrestling success.

"Not reaching back?" we lamely ask.

AKF nods solemnly, index finger raised, "Always pick the guy with the tattoo."

Panhandle Report

Hedgesville finished third in the 31-team Winner's Choice/Rotary Tournament, 1.5 points behind host Fairmont Senior, with both teams trailing West Virginia powerhouse Parkersburg South at 252.50. Dustin Bowers (119), Bryan Moats (140), and Anthony Regalbuto (140), placed first; Daniel Lord (125) was second.

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Jefferson was fourth, claiming runner-up Devin Abshire (130) and Jacob Morton (171). Martinsburg was 14th. Bulldogs Brad Davis (160) and Joe Jackson (171) placed third, as did Musselman's Victor Beard (140). The Applemen placed 21st.

Meanwhile, the second West Virginia AAA coaches poll places Parkersburg South first, Fairmont Senior at No. 2 and Hedgesville at No. 3, although ranking Hedgesville behind Fairmont is questionable, because the Eagles won head-to-head. This is going to be some state tournament.

Earning their Stripes

Referees have been officiating more than mat moves this season. Regularly, they've had to start and stop the clock (often re-setting it), correct the score and patiently repeat the scoring process to "green" table help. And the fans are unanimous - referee Al Boyers clocked the fastest takedown of the Hub Cup, a sort of flying wedge against Westminster's Nick Burger. (If y'all keep reacting so quickly, will we have to give up eyesight jokes?)

Mat Movers

Has anyone else noticed what a complete wrestler Williamsport's Wayne Boward (135) has become? Already known for his strength and the cyclone force of his attack, the undefeated Boward has demonstrated six-minute patience, self-control and a mastery of leverage.

Also undefeated, midway through the season, are Chambersburg's Tyler Hart (275), Frederick's Scott Linton (140), Williamsport's Ryan McDonald (275) and Hedgesville's Bowers, Moats and Regalbuto.

Middletown's Ben Sayler (112), who placed third at the Hub Cup, also claimed most pins in the least time - four in 9:11.

At the same tournament, Linganore heavyweight Brian Dills clocked an eight-second pin, the fastest we're aware of this season.

Bo Repp (152), South Hagerstown's lone Hub Cup finalist, avenged his recent dual meet loss to North's Vinnie Mulieri with a scorching 4-3 semifinal decision. Although Linganore's top-seed Nick Leiter tore into Repp 13-2 in the finals, the Rebel kept shooting for a win right up to the buzzer.

North's Ryan Romberger (171), unable to overcome a five-point deficit in his Hub Cup final, nevertheless upset regionally top-ranked Steve Suhaka of Damascus 1-0 in the semis.

Up and Coming

Friday, 4:30 p.m., Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - Rebel Invitational at South Hagerstown: Boonsboro, Catoctin, Handley, Hedgesville, Lansdowne, Leonardtown (coached by South grad Matt McCauley), Musselman, TJ, Williamsport. Bring your binoculars to watch the Eagles soar.

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