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Hubs pitch complete game

February 02, 2000|By MARILYN JANUS and TOM JANUS / Staff Correspondents

SMITHSBURG - In baseball, when you lose with heart, they say you "went down swinging." By the time North Hagerstown retired the last of its nine seniors Tuesday, the score was 55-3, but not before an unseasoned Smithsburg team had tried every squeeze play in the book to keep the Fat Lady from singing.

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"I'm really proud of the way this team wrestled," Smithsburg coach Joe Dietrich said. "We had a disappointing loss to Beall over the weekend, but my kids picked it up a notch tonight."

Although sophomore Miguel Forero (119) chalked up the only victory for the Leopards, a 10-3 decision over Ronnie Shuler, spirited defense kept several other matches at least in the ballpark.

Smithsburg Senior Brian Weiblinger (140), whose lack of a penetration shot was neutralized by Zach Greenwald's backing up, tied his match, 2-2 in the second period. However, Greenwald reversed him in the third for the 4-2 upset.

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"He's a two-time state qualifier, so I was a little nervous," said Greenwald. "I knew I had to take it to him, and just keep shooting. Hard work in the practice room helped, plus my teammates' support."

At 152, Pete Quillen connected on his third head outside single, scoring a takedown and back points on North's Vinnie Mulieri. However, in the second period, Mulieri powered a reversal and nearfall of his own at the buzzer.

Into the third period, with the score tied, 6-6, Mulieri got the takedown, Quillen escaped, then Mulieri hit a grandslam double-leg to finally win, 13-9.

"I'm in much better condition this year," admitted Mulieri. "I ran hard all summer, and got in shape early. And it was all worth it to place third at the Hub Cup."

At 160, Leopard sophomore Jon Papich renewed his acquaintance with 1998 state champion Seth Staley. Papich, injured in last year's encounter, was cited for unnecessary roughness at the start of this one, giving Staley the only score until the third period. Staley escaped. Papich, the only wrestler shooting thus far, was awarded a point for Staley blocking. Another stalling point against on Staley took the match to overtime, when Staley finally hit the winning single in overtime to win, 4-2.

"I think we're equally strong, but he wasn't as tired in the third," said Papich. "He was able to finish his shot in overtime, and I couldn't."

With the random draw start at heavyweight, Smithsburg's Dave Wagoner wrestled clean-up at 189 against Jeff Seidman. Keeping Seidman effectively off base for two periods, Wagoner couldn't finish his single in the last 10 seconds and lost, 3-1.

North Hagerstown 55, Smithsburg 3

275 E. B. Wallech (N) p. Dustin Wilson, 2:27; 103 Chris Joliet (N) p. Aaron Pimentil, 1:29; 112 Steve Fravel (N) p. Adam Roane, 3:57; 119 Miguel Forero (S) d. Ronnie Shuler, 10-3; 125 Jim Starkey (N) t.f. Joe Fox, 4:25; 130 Paul Toomey (N) p. K. T. Adams, 2:43; 135 George Biser (N) md. Jason Wade, 10-1; 140 Zach Greenwald (N) d. Brian Weiblinger, 4-2; 145 Mike Dempsher (N) md. Mike Deitrich, 9-1; 152 Vincent Mulieri (N) d. Pete Quillen, 13-9; 160 Seth Staley (N) d. Jon Papich, 4-2 (OT); 171 Ryan Romberger (N) p. Matt Hood, 1:44; 189 Jeff Seidman (N) d. Dave Wagoner, 3-1.

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