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Cougars' little man wins big

December 28, 2000|By ADELINE STAEBLER / Staff Correspondent

Cougars' little man wins big



SMITHSBURG - When Catoctin wrestler Todd Adkins is losing a match, he never lets the score get to him.

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That helped Adkins Wednesday in his Leopard Holiday Tournament 112-pound championship match against Poolesville's Travis Pittenger. After being down by 10-0 in the second period, Adkins reversed the situation and pinned Pittenger to win the title.

"Todd doesn't concentrate on the score," Catoctin coach Mike Telemeco said. "It's one thing that he does really well. He focuses on what's going on on the mat and not on the fact that he's behind."

Pittenger immediately put Adkins to his back, almost pinning him two more times in the first period.

"(Pittenger) was really strong on top," Adkins said. "He put me on my back, but I knew all I had to do was get on top and get my specialty monkey move in."

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Adkins scored his first two points on a reversal 30 seconds into the second period. He then scored three points on a near fall before pinning Pittenger at 3:49.

"I was really tired, too. I remembered when my nose started bleeding (in the first period) I was like, 'Yes, he hit my nose,'" Adkins said. "And once I got back it was kind of, you hit your second wind and I was like, 'let's go I've got two periods, let's finish this up.'"

Adkins wasn't the only area wrestler to win a championship. Smithsburg's Mike Dietrich (160) posted a 7-1 decision over Dan Herdman of Watkins Mill. Dietrich (5-0) jumped to a 2-0 lead a minute into the bout with a takedown and then held Herdman scoreless until 55 seconds left in the bout.

"I pretty much just beat him in the first two periods and then kind of worked it in the last one," Dietrich said. "It was pretty cool. I won it last year so I guess I expected to win it again."

The Leopards' Harry Baker (171) also advanced to the championship round. He had a 8-3 lead over Rising Sun's Eric Williams in the third period when Williams scored three points to cut the lead to 8-6. Williams then pinned Baker at 5:22.

"(Mike's) really good on his feet with takedowns and he got the first couple of takedowns, got his confidence up and then finished it up," Smithsburg coach Joe Dietrich said. "(Baker) took control and he got a little too confident and walked into a slip that got him pinned."

The Leopards finished third in the team standings with 161 points. Walter Johnson (283.5) and Rising Sun (276.5). Catoctin finished in fifth place with 128 points and Brunswick finished in 10th place with 55 points.

Smithsburg Invitational

Team Scores, Third-Place Results, C3

Championship Results

103 - Dan Gillam (WJ) dec. Nick Trusilo (P), 7-2; 112 - Todd Adkins (C) p Travis Pittenger (P), 3:49; 119 - Triet Duong (SP) dec. Greg Denham (RS), 10-5; 125 - David Hanks (RS) p Matt Winston (WJ), 3:31; 130 - Steve Gahl (WJ) p John Eyler (SP), 4:16; 135 - Eric Daru (P) dec. Matt Soladay (WJ), 10-7; 140 - Garrett Rolen (SP) dec. Cade McCarthy (WM), 10-5; 145 - Josh Winters (RS) dec. John Kiser (RM), 8-4; 152 - Travis Price (RS) p Scott Church (RM), 5:22; 160 - Mike Dietrich (SM) dec. Dan Herdman (WM), 7-1; 171 - Eric Williams (RS) p Harry Baker (SM), 7:22; 189 - Derek Hartman (P) p Tyan Gwaltney (RS), 4:54; 215 - Matt Bailey (WJ) p Corey Donahoo (RS), :43.

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