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Wrestling Notes - Wildcat misses early test

December 28, 2000

Wrestling Notes - Wildcat misses early test



It was supposed to be the championship match to cap the 10th Damascus Holiday Tournament.

Instead, if it happens at all, it will be in the consolation round.

Defending Maryland 1A/2A 275-pound champion Robert Scott of Oakland Mills did his job Wednesday afternoon.

He used his 5-foot-9, 218-pound frame and quickness to wear down his much larger (6-4, 260) opponent B.J. Hicks of Caesar Rodney to score a pin in the third period. Hicks, the eighth seed, battled Scott well on his feet but once on the mat, Scott wore him down.

Unfortunately, Williamsport's Ryan McDonald could not do the same. The Wildcat senior was reversed in the first 10 seconds of the third period and could not escape from Quince Orchard's Dan Sirotkin, losing a 6-5 decision. Sirotkin, the seventh seed, entered the tournament with a career 29-16 record.

Aside from being McDonald's first loss of the season, it was quite unexpected. McDonald, who finished third in the state last year, was supposed to get to today's final to again do battle with Scott. Last year in the Damascus final, McDonald posted a 5-3 win over Scott, his only loss last year and Scott remains unbeaten this season.

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"It was a good match,'' Scott recalled. "(McDonald) is not only big, he can move. I usually can move a lot better than the bigger heavyweights, but he has a real nice single and is very tall.''

McDonald was supposed to use both his size advantage (6-4, 250) and his mobility to give folks an early peek at this upcoming March's state final.

"He is soooo long,'' Scott said. "I was in on his leg and he was able to reach down and grab my leg. He's tough.''

Instead, more than likely, McDonald will watch his Damascus title go to the state champion he beat last year. This is the second time McDonald has failed to reach Scott. In last year's state tournament, McDonald lost in the semifinals on his way to a third-place finish.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> None of the area teams - Williamsport, Middletown or Walkersville - are faring very well in the two-day tournament. Williamsport, a fourth-place winner last year, sits in ninth place after the quarterfinal round with 68 1/2 points. Walkersville has 61 and Middletown has 35. Caesar Rodney of Delaware leads with 156.5 points. The semifinals are scheduled for 11 a.m. today with the finals slated for 4 p.m.

Steve Stone, one of Williamsport's tri-captains, managed to get through to today's semifinals with a 30-second pin and another fall in 1:19. Stone is the second seed in the tournament and will face third-seeded Stewart Wyne of Damascus.

Oh by the way ...

In case you missed it, No. 3 North Hagerstown stretched its unbeaten record to 6-0 this season with victories over No. 7 Martinsburg and Southern Garrett last Saturday.

Attention coaches

This year, we will be publishing area wrestlers' records in each weight class. Of course, this is with the help of area coaches. We're asking all Tri-State area coaches to fax us the needed information Wednesday night or early Thursday to print in Friday's Preps Extra page.

We will begin Friday, Jan. 5.

This will replace our previous rankings of area wrestlers. We also hope to print rankings done by the Maryland State Coaches Association, as well as coaches associations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. This will be published when the information becomes available to us as soon as possible.

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

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