Blue Storm quieted in Duals

January 08, 2001

Blue Storm quieted in Duals

By AL DITZEL / Staff Writer

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Remember when your parents used to tell you that if you had nothing good to say, then say nothing? Mercersburg Academy wrestling coach Rick Hendrickson couldn't say much about Saturday's 5th Annual Mercersburg Duals.

The Blue Storm won only two of five matches to drop their season record to 4-6.

"We had three overtime bouts in the first match and lost them all,'' Hendrickson said. "Then, we were winning at 189 (pounds) in the second match, but lost by a point in the final seconds and that cost us.

"I told the team that we weren't doing what we needed to do.''

Mercersburg opened the six-team event losing a 36-22 decision to Western Reserve (Ohio). As Hendrickson said, Mercersburg lost three bouts in overtime causing an 18-point swing.

Against Fork Union (Va.), sophomore Nate Fochtman, the most successful Blue Storm wrestler this day, lost his only bout causing a 36-30 loss instead of a 33-33 tie that Mercersburg would have won by criteria - most bouts won.


Fochtman finished the day at 4-1, as did teammates Steve Toddes (119) and Grant Taylor (152). Kenan Wright (125) went 3-2.

Mercersburg Duals

1. Penn Charter (Pa.) 5-0; 2. Western Reserve (Ohio) 4-1; 3. Fork Union (Va.) 3-2; 4. Mercersburg Academy 2-3; 5. Plumstead Christian (Pa.) 1-4; 5. Blue Ridge (Va.) 0-5.

First Round

Penn Charter 45, Fork Union 24; Western Reserve 36, Mercersburg 22; Plumstead Christian 53, Blue Ridge 12.

Second Round

Penn Charter 64, Blue Ridge 6; Western Reserve 39, Plumstead Christian 22; Fork Union 36, Mercersburg 30.

Third Round

Penn Charter 56, Mercersburg 18; Western Reserve 48, Blue Ridge 22; Fork Union 36, Plumstead Christian 22.

Fourth Round

Penn Charter 56, Plumstead Christian 14; Western Reserve 35, Fork Union 30; Mercersburg Academy 42, Blue Ridge 30.

Fifth Round

Penn Charter 60, Western Reserve 9; Mercersburg 48, Plumstead Christian 24; Fork Union 58, Blue Ridge 6.

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