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Stone gives Williamsport its only Damascus champ

December 29, 2000

Stone gives Williamsport its only Damascus champ



By AL DITZEL / Staff Writer


DAMASCUS, Md. - If Steve Stone was nervous, he didn't show it.

The Williamsport senior pinned his way to his first Damascus Holiday Tournament wrestling title on Thursday, capping a solid two-day event for himself.

"It was my first Damascus final and pinning the top seed is great,'' said Stone, who won the 130-pound title. "I was really excited out there.''

Indeed. The senior quickly moved in on a single-leg takedown in the first period but his opponent, top-seeded Todd Martin of Caesar Rodney (Del.), countered well. He countered so well that Martin actually scored the bout's first points with a takedown, but along with that takedown, Martin made a serious mistake.

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"He threw in legs,'' Stone said. "We had the best wrestler in the room last year who could throw legs and I know a million counters.''

Well, maybe not a million counters but Stone certainly knew enough to take control of the bout. First, he quickly reversed Martin to knot the bout at 2-2 heading into the second period. Choosing the down position, Stone waited until Martin threw in legs and countered again taking a 4-2 lead. Then, Stone latched on a near-side cradle and rocked Martin to sleep at 3:38.

Stone registered three pins en route to the victory. Unfortunately, Stone took home the only gold medal for area wrestlers in the 10th annual event. All told, Williamsport placed five wrestlers in the top six of their respective weight classes in the 22-team tournament.

Matt Allen (189) and Ryan McDonald (275) took home third-place medals, Corey Leggett (119) placed fifth and Brian Forsythe (103) took sixth.

"I think it was a little disappointing for us,'' Stone, a tri-captain on the team, said. "We had a couple guys lose and couple of guys just lost their heads.

"I was the only one in the finals and I knew my team was watching me. I wanted to do it for them, too.''

Williamsport finished with a ninth-place total of 124.5 points, well behind Caesar Rodney, which ran away with the team title for a second straight year. Still, the Wildcats were only 30 points out of third place.

Walkersville finished with 82 points with Dan Caywood bringing home the only medal, fifth place at 112.

Middletown finished with 63 points as Brandon Keller took fourth place at 145.

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