Stotler, Moats share goals

December 16, 2000

Stotler, Moats share goals

Road to state titles begins in earnest at Max Horz tourney

By AL DITZEL / Staff Writer

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Seniors Richard Stotler of Berkeley Springs and Bryan Moats of Hedgesville have similar goals.

Each will tell you they are gunning for state wrestlings championships, looking no further than the match ahead of them. Both say how much they love good competition and both will get plenty in the Max Horz Jr. Wrestling Tournament. On Friday, after both wrestlers won their first two bouts, they displayed similar calm-before-the-storm attitudes.

Stotler, a state runner-up at 171 pounds last year, needed only 24 seconds to win his first bout and 1:24 to win his second. Despite the easy win, he was not pleased.


"I'd rather have a really good match,'' Stotler said. "My goal for the season is to win a state championship. This tournament is almost as good as a state tournament.''

Stotler, who won both his bouts on Friday, next meets two-time Maryland state champion John Hayhurst of Southern Garrett.

Stotler may be at a great disadvantage because he plans on cutting six pounds to reach the 171 weight class next week, while Hayhurst won the Maryland state title at 189 last year.

"I'm not really worried about that,'' he said. "I just want to win every match I'm in.''

Moats echoed Stotler. Wrestling at 145, Moats scored a pin and a technical fall en route to today's semifinals, which begins at 1 p.m.

"I really don't worry about my opponent,'' Moats said. "I just focus on my match. I want to wrestle my match every time.''

Moats has a pretty tough weight class as well, including Musselman's Victor Beard, who defeated Moats 5-3 for fifth place in the W.Va. AAA at 140 last year, Ben Wood of Independence, who defeated Derrick Bosley of Frankfurt for W.Va. A/AA fifth place at 140 last year, who is also at 145 in this tourney.

"I visualize making my moves,'' Moats said. "Yeah, there's an opponent there, but I don't see a face. It doesn't matter. I just have to wrestle my match.''

Moats won this tournament in 1997 and 1998 but did not make weight last year as Hedgesville finished third.

"I've put that behind me,'' he said. "I don't even think about it.''

Moats did say he wanted to do his best for his team.

"Wrestling's a team sport, but when you're on the mat, you're by yourself,'' he said. "I need to concentrate on what I do to best help the team.''

Max Horz Tournament

Team scores (Through quarterfinal round)

1. Hedgesville 86; 2. Sherando 78; 3. Northern Garrett 76; 4. Independence 73; 5. Cameron 61; 6. Wirt County 58; 7. Berkeley Springs 51; 8. Southern Garrett 45; 9. Stasburg 43.5; 10. (tie) Dematha Catholic, James Wood, Musselman 42; 13. Franfort 39.5; 14. Loudoun County 22; 15. RC Byrd 15; 16. St. Albans 11.

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