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Trojans no match for Williamsport

December 07, 2000

Trojans no match for Williamsport



By AL DITZEL / Staff Writer


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - It may take a couple of days to better appreciate Williamsport's 45-18 victory over Chambersburg Wednesday night.

The Wildcats, led by senior tri-captains Steve Stone, Ryan McDonald and Sean Vancour, won the first eight bouts and sealed the victory before Chambersburg got on the board.

"I tell the kids if we wrestle hard and aggressive, I'll be happy whether we win or lose," Williamsport coach Chuck Martin said. "I believe that if we wrestle hard and aggressive though, we'll win."

Williamsport dominated Chambersburg from the neutral position, recording the first takedown in nine of the 13 bouts.

"We work over half of our practice on our feet," Stone said. "I love it. I'd rather be on my feet than on the mat."

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You really couldn't tell if Stone felt any less comfortable on the mat. He wasted little time in recording double-leg takedown before pushing his opponent to his back for a pin in 1:59 in the 130-pound bout. Added to Devin Hewitt's pin at 112 and decisions by Brian Forsythe (103), Corey Leggett (119) and Ryan Bowers (125) and Williamsport owned a 21-0 lead.

After Trenton Almeda's decision at 135, Vancour hit a quick granby and pinned his opponent in 5:20 for a 30-0 lead. Vancour, who missed last year because of a broken collarbone, trailed through two periods 4-2 before recording the fall.

"I need to learn to settle myself some," Vancour said. "I was rushing myself a little and it took a bit out of me. I knew I could score with the granby, but I wasn't sure I could put him to his back."

"We had some of our first-year wrestlers and young wrestlers come through for us tonight," Martin said. "Vancour was in a battle, but hit the granby and won."

Travis Brown sealed Williamsport's win with an 8-4 decision at 145. Matt Allen (189) and McDonald (275) finished up things with pins.

"It pumps me up to watch our younger kids go out there and beat them up," said McDonald, who's fall came in 1:02. "They did a really good job."

For Chambersburg (0-2), the bright spots were seniors Kevin Roland (152), Josh Rowland (160) and Jared Faith (171) getting pins. Rowland's fall came in 29 seconds.

"Some of our younger kids made mistakes at the end and it cost them," Chambersburg coach Doug Rine said. "Today, they will take their notes and videotapes home and they won't make the same mistake again. We won't make the same mistakes we made tonight in February.

"If we do, then I'm not doing my job and they aren't doing theirs."

Williamsport 45, Chambersburg 18


103 - Brian Forsythe (W) d. Justin Smith, 5-1; 112 - Devin Hewitt (W) p. Pat Barnhart, :36; 119 - Corey Leggett (W) d. Richard Collier, 6-3; 125 - Ryan Bowers (W) d. R.J. Seibert, 7-6; 130 - Steve Stone (W) p. Jacob Smith, 1:59; 135 - Trenton Almeda (W) d. Kip Peters, 11-4; 140 - Sean Vancour (W) p. Mark Baker, 5:20; 145 - Travis Brown (W) d. Jared Pilgrim, 8-4; 152 - Kevin Roland (C) p. Greg Wilson, 1:21; 160 - Josh Rowland (C) p. Matt Mastiano, :29; 171 - Jared Faith (C) p. Ethan Lord, 3:37; 189 - Matt Allen (W) p. Bryan Crist, 3:16; 275 - Ryan McDonald (W) p. John Nicklas, 1:02.

Records: Williamsport 1-0; Chambersburg 0-2.

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