Wrestling notes - Hubs find way back to the top

December 21, 2000

Wrestling notes - Hubs find way back to the top

North Hagerstown deserves a lot of respect. After losing nine seniors from last year's outstanding team, it was easy to think these Hubs could not do as well as their most-recent predecessors.

Wrong again.

Displaying its well-renowned depth, toughness and skill, North swept Williamsport and Middletown last Saturday, proving it's still the best team in Washington and Frederick counties.

Of course, there's a lot of wrestling left - Hub Cup, the county tournaments, regions and states. So, things will work their way out.

While teams participate in many tournaments this weekend, one dual meet could be interesting. South Hagerstown plays host to Boonsboro on Friday. The Rebels have two unbeaten wrestlers - Brandon Ashby (125, 5-0) and Sal Mauriello (189, 5-0) - and Caloni Jones is 5-1 at 103.


Plenty of tournament results are in from last weekend, including the Max Horz Jr. at Berkeley Springs.

Hedgesville sophomore Daniel Lord won his second individual title, but was the lone Eagle to come away with gold, as Hedgesville finished third for a second straight year.

Lord, who won at 125 pounds as a freshman, won at 140 on Saturday. After cruising through the first two rounds with a technical fall and pin, Lord ran into Northern Garrett senior Jeremiah Guard in the semifinals. Guard won fifth place in the Maryland 2A/1A 125 last year, which included a 6-1 loss to Williamsport's Steve Stone. Lord prevailed on Saturday, 3-2.

Eagles teammate Kevin Ballam, a junior, was denied his second straight title when he lost to 112 defending champion senior Blake Huber of Northern Garrett in the final.

Hedgesville's Bryan Moats finished third, but had a tough road just to get there. The two-time tournament champion lost to Cameron junior Roger Kupfer, a third-place winner in W.Va. AA/A 130 last year and then defeated Musselman's Victor Beard, who defeated Moats for fifth place in W.Va. AAA 140 last year.

Berkeley Springs junior Frank Gregg placed second at 135 scoring an 8-6 win in the quarterfinals and a 7-6 win in the semifinals.

Teammate Richard Stotler took third place at 189. Stotler, who weighed in at 177 last week and said he plans to get down to 171, lost to last March's Maryland 2A/1A 189 state champion John Hayhurst of Southern Garrett in a semifinal, but rebounded to defeat Bill Rodehaver of Northern Garrett and Hedgesville's Jason Baker.

St. James finished in a fifth-place tie in the Thomas R. Davis Tournament at Beall last Saturday with 85 points.

The Moyet twins, Wil (135) and Jon (140), won their respective weight classes to improve to an identical 7-0 this year. Wil Moyet also kept his December streak alive, going unbeaten each of the last three years and winning five tournament titles. Teammate Mo Rodriguez (275) finished third.

Meyersdale (Pa.) won the tournament with 185.5 points. James Buchanan scored 54.5 and Boonsboro finished with 33.

Andrew Bryson (112) and Mike Wood (130) each finished third for Boonsboro.

Martinsburg went 1-2 in the Keyser Kiwanis Invitational last Saturday with seniors Travis Durst and Joe Jackson winning individual titles. Durst pinned in his 160 final while Jackson won by a 10-4 decision in the 171 finale.

Martinsburg's Justin Kessler (140) finished second, Sean Agoney (145), Justin Bird (152), Justin McDonald (215) and Ryan Bird (275) finished third and Bill Barbour (135) placed fourth.

This week's notebook was compiled by staff writer Al Ditzel.

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