Wrestling notes - Jefferson done in by the weather

January 11, 2001

Wrestling notes - Jefferson done in by the weather

At first, one might wonder what happened at the Jefferson Invitational last weekend. Why weren't the results ever in the paper? OK, here it is.

Unfortunately for host Jefferson and the 16 other schools participating (Fairmont Senior did not participate), the tournament got off to a slow start because of snow and simply never recovered. Friday's wrestling - not!

So, the simple task was to take a two-day, 18-team (Jefferson had an A and B team entered) tournament and complete it in one day. Again - not!

"I think we finally finished at 20 after 12," Jefferson coach Scott Fortney said. Folks, that's 12:20 a.m., as in Sunday. And, if you want to get technical, it really wasn't finished.


"We have the six-bout limit in a day rule and, because we allowed a (losing) wrestler to follow up a winning wrestler, some guys would have had to wrestle that extra match," Fortney said. "We couldn't do it. In some consolations where a kid would have to wrestle an extra match, he forfeited. When we could wrestle, we did. But, in some cases, we couldn't."

For the record, Archbishop Curley won the event with 203.5 points. Hedgesville was second with 152 points. Host Jefferson was seventh with 122.5, Martinsburg was 10th with 72.5 and Musselman was 15th with 41 points.

As far as individual champions, only Bryan Moats of Hedgesville managed to capture gold, winning the 145-pound title.

Taking second places for Hedgesville were Kevin Ballam (112), Jason Drappo (119), Jared Hess (130) and Daniel Lond (140). Justin Snyder (fourth at 152) and Chuck Files (fifth at 215) also placed for Hedgesville.

Joe Jackson of Martinsburg had the next best finish for area wrestling at Jefferson, placing second at 171. Also placing for Martinsburg were Bill Barbour (third at 135), Justin Kessler (fourth at 140) and Sean Agoney (third at 145).

Nine Jefferson wrestlers placed including Chantz Griffith (third at 119), Justin Hawes (third at 130), Devin Abshire (third at 140), Ryan Fierro (fourth at 189), Ryan Smith (fifth at 103), Steve Reynolds (fifth at 125), Rob Osuch (fifth at 160), Drew Day (fifth at 171) and Brad Davis (sixth at 135).

Musselman's Victor Beard (fourth at 145) and B.J. Pruitt (sixth at 275) also placed.

In case you missed it, part 2

Damascus defeated River Hill 33-30 last week. Damascus won seven of the 13 bouts, including a sweep from 140-160, breaking a 15-15 tie and held off River Hill. The key bout was 140 as Damascus moved up regular 135 wrestler Dale Kerns, who posted a 5-3 win in overtime.

River Hill was ranked as high as No. 2 by some publications in the state of Maryland.

Who saw it?

In Williamsport's 51-21 win over Westmar Monday, Matt Allen scored the area's quickest fall this season, pinning his opponent in nine seconds in their 189 bout. It happened so quickly, Wildcat coach Chuck Martin said he missed it.

"Honestly, I was talking with another wrestler," Martin said. "I didn't see it."


Aside from the 15th Hub Cup Friday and Saturday at North Hagerstown, area teams will be involved in plenty this weekend.

Musselman, Hedgesville and Jefferson, who competed in the Jefferson and Berkeley County tournaments earlier this week, will see each other again Friday and Saturday in the Winner's Choice Invitational at Fairmont.

Aside from the tournaments, No. 7 Waynesboro, which recorded its first dual meet win last week, and No. 9 Chambersburg, which is looking its first win of the season, hook up in a dual meet 1 p.m. Saturday at Chambersburg.

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

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