Wrestling notes - Jefferson hits stride

January 18, 2001

Wrestling notes - Jefferson hits stride

Jefferson coach Scott Fortney said a few weeks back that his team was nearing full strength.

How true.

After defeating Williamsport in a dual meet last week, the Cougars put together a solid effort last weekend to finish fourth in the Winner's Choice/Rotary Tournament at Fairmont, W.Va.

The Cougars, ranked third in The Herald-Mail poll, were certainly slow out of the gate this season, but are coming on of late. They scored 158 points, just six behind second-place East Fairmont. Fairmont Senior won with 191 points.

Area No. 1 Hedgesville finished in an eighth-place tie with Williamstown, both scoring 129 points. Martinsburg (101.5) was 12th and Musselman (74) was 16th in the 29-team event.


Jefferson crowned only one champion - Devin Abshire at 135 pounds - but five other Cougars placed in the top eight in their weight classes.

Abshire major decisioned Jeff Perroots of University 9-1 in the final. Working from his feet, Abshire scored with a first period takedown, then took down his opponent to his back in the second period, building a 7-1 advantage.

Andre McDonald (152) and Dustin Householder (215) both lost close battles in their finals. McDonald was involved in a see-saw battle, trailing 9-8 before getting pinned by Rick Hickman of North Marion. Householder felled behind 5-0 before taking a 7-5 loss.

Jefferson's other placers were Justin Hawes (third at 130), Rob Osuch (third at 160) and Ryan Smith (eighth at 112).

Hedgesville struck gold with Kevin Ballam (112) and Danny Lord (140). Ballam defeated University's Kyle Turnbull via rideout criteria in overtime after a 3-3 regulation. Lord pinned Rob Pumphrey of Point Pleasant in 5:07.

Hedgesville's other placers were Bryan Moats (second at 145), Jason Drappo (fifth at 119) and John Dunham (sixth at 160). Moats held a 7-2 lead before getting pinned by Nate Satzer of Hyndman in 3:49.

Martinsburg's placers were Travis Durst (second at 160), Sean Agoney (fourth at 145), Joe Jackson (fourth at 171), Ryan Bird (fifth at 275), Bill Barbour (eighth at 135) and Justin Kessler (eighth at 140). Durst scored the first points of his match with a takedown in the first period, but Chad Sines of Meyersdale proved too tough, scoring a pin in 2:32.

Musselman's placers were Victor Beard (third at 145), Jeff Clark (fourth at 103), Mike Renner (seventh at 215) and B.J. Pruitt (eighth at 275).

The West Virginia contingent will again meet this weekend at the Musselman Invitational.

Anyone for chocolate?

The Mid Penn Conference tournament begins today in Hershey, Pa. and concludes Saturday.

As of last week's rankings, only two area wrestlers were in the top eight of their weight classes. Junior Nick Sanders of Waynesboro was No. 1 at 145 and freshman teammate Brian Lisko was eighth at 125.

Speaking of Waynesboro, currently No. 7 in the Herald-Mail poll, the Indians defeated No. 9 Chambersburg 45-18 last Saturday. No. 4 Williamsport defeated Chambersburg 45-18 in December. The Wildcats wrestle a dual meet at Waynesboro on Feb. 3.

It's all in the timing

Despite competing in a quad meet last Saturday, St. James' Wil Moyet still failed to wrestle a full period. That's because the unbeaten Saint (10-0) recorded lightning-quick pins. In the first match against Fishburn, Moyet's fall came in 1:08. It took him 30 seconds to pin against RMA. Then, against Rappahannock, Moyet scored the area's fastest fall - 6 seconds.

Heading into last weekend's action, Williamsport's Matt Allen had the area quickest pin this season - 9 seconds. It was so fast, his coach didn't see it.

While answering some questions about the pin at the Hub Cup last Friday, teammate Ryan McDonald registered an 8-second pin.

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