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Knights get first blood over Lions

December 09, 2000

Knights get first blood over Lions



By AL DITZEL / Staff Writer


THURMONT, Md. - Like a rose, a win is a win is a win.

Middletown recorded a solid 44-30 victory over rival Walkersville Saturday during the Catoctin Duals and while it may not have decided any championships, it certainly gave Middletown a slightly upperhand against a chief rival.

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"We've had great matches with them for a number of years,'' Middletown coach Jim Schartner said. Middletown wrestled Urbana for the team title later Saturday.

"It seems when we (Walkersville and Middletown) get together, we have good, well-contested matches,'' Schartner said. "I think this means as much as a match later in the year for sure, unless there's a title or a (state) playoff in the balance.''

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No, December wrestling often does not have great state playoff implications, but it does put a team one up on a rival.

Walkersville and Middletown were tied at 24-24 when the Knights took the advantage with Colin Blair's major decision at 160 pounds. Still, Walkersville struck back as Jason Goff registered a first-period pin, giving the Lions a 30-28 lead.

Ben Berger parlayed five takedowns into a 13-5 major decision and Middletown took the lead for good at 32-30. Matt Staub (215) and Eric Hessell (275) finished things with first-period pins.

Interestingly, Staub's win comes in a weight class not recognized by the state.

"Last year they beat us at 215 and they won here,'' Schartner said. "Funny how we turned that around. It's amazing just how important that weight class is here. That certainly gave us six more points than we would've had and clinched the match.''

Middletown got pins from Peter Beutler (125) and Brandon Keller (145) as well as a six-point injury default win from Ryan McQuillen at 140.

"We usually wrestled (Walkersville) the first Wednesday in February,'' Schartner said. "I figure between now and then our younger kids will get a lot of experience on the mat and our older wrestlers will be able to implement anything else we'd like.''

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