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North wrestlers make statement against Williamsport

December 17, 2000

North wrestlers make statement against Williamsport



By AL DITZEL / Staff Writer


WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport coach Chuck Martin smiled, but wasn't happy. North Hagerstown coach Greg Slick smiled and was extremely pleased.

The No. 5 Hubs continued their string of good fortune against the No. 2 Wildcats Saturday scoring a 38-25 victory and essentially wrapping up the Monocacy Valley Athletic League title. North also defeated No. 6 Middletown, 46-21 and Williamsport downed Middletown, 42-31.

"I thought there were four bouts (against North) that could've gone either way and they won all four,'' Martin said.

"When ever we're in a big dual meet, I always think the team that gets the most pins will win,'' Slick said. "I think we had more today.''

Actually, the pins finished even at 3-3, but the Hubs (2-0) also picked up a forfeit and a technical fall to outdistance the Wildcats.

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"The forfeit played big today,'' Slick said.

"Our 160 pounder just didn't show up for weigh-ins,'' Martin said. "I'm not sure what happened there.''

Martin was sure of what happened on the mat.

"I think they wanted it more than us,'' he said. "They've made a habit of coming up big against us and did it again today. You have to give them credit.''

Echoing Martin was North senior Andrew Nichols, whose takedown with 14 seconds left in his bout gave him a 9-8 win over Sean Vancour at 140 - one of the pivotal bouts Martin pointed.

"I think it just came down to who wanted it more,'' the Hub senior said. Vancour held an 8-6 lead before Nichols escaped to close the gap to 8-7. "I wanted to prove to everyone that I could beat him again. He's beaten me, and I've beaten him. It was a tossup.''

Nichols said Williamsport's higher ranking helped fire up the Hubs.

"People didn't think we'd be that good because we lost nine seniors from last year's team,'' he said. "We wanted to prove to everyone that we're just as good as last year's team, if not better.''

One Hub who needed no extra incentive was senior Wayne Boward. After wrestling three years for Williamsport and finishing third three times in the state AA/A tournament, Boward has given North an extra boost.

"All of our guys wrestled tough today,'' said Boward, who picked up career-win 100 against Williamsport with a 38-second pin. "(Chris) Joliet, (Brian) Hayes, (Chad) Coles ... everyone. We needed this kid of effort today.

"Yeah, it meant a lot to beat Williamsport, but I still have a lot of good friends and people I respect there,'' Boward said. "I still talk to a couple of the guys. I just needed a change. I think this was best for me.''

North's pins came from Boward (145), Dustin McDonough (152) and Hayes (171). Jimmy Starkey (135) posted a technical fall.

Williamsport's pins came from Devin Hewitt (12 seconds at 112), Steve Stone (130) and Matt Allen (189).

"It's a shame that a match that could very well decide the M-Val happened so early,'' Slick said.

"Hey, Middletown has a nice team. North has a nice team and we're a good team,'' Martin said. "That's the way it goes sometimes.''

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