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Fast pins quicken pace in first day at Rebel Invitational

January 20, 2001

Fast pins quicken pace in first day at Rebel Invitational



AL DITZEL / Staff Writer


Because of imposing weather, officials in the 20th Rebel Invitational wrestling tournament at South Hagerstown High School wanted to move things along a little quicker.

Williamsport was more than willing to oblige. The tournament, which ran through the semifinal round Friday night, saw Wildcats post a bunch of first-period pins, including a school-record 6-second fall by junior Travis Brown, while taking the lead with 164.5 points. Leonardtown is second with 145.

The tournament resumes this morning at 10, weather permitting, with the consolation rounds. The finals are tentatively scheduled for 2 p.m.

Brown becomes the third Wildcat to post a sub-10 second pin this season joining Ryan McDonald (8 seconds) and Matt Allen (9 seconds). Brown's quick pin came in the 147-pound quarterfinal round, but that wasn't his initial idea.

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"I was going to go out and work on some technique, but my uncle said to go right after him, try to pin him,'' Brown said. Brown used an underhook and front trip to pin. Brown didn't waste much time in his impromptu semifinal, scoring a pin in 35 seconds.

"I don't have any other school records,'' Brown said.

"That will hold up for a while,'' Williamsport coach Chuck Martin said. "You don't see too many 6 second pins. I may not have seen the other two (sub-10 second pins this year), but at least I saw the fastest.''

Brown will wrestle South freshman Emmens Rho in the final. Rho (pronounced Row) won a 13-5 major decision in the semifinals and had a 32-second fall in the quarterfinals.

"I was trying to take (his semifinal opponent) down to his back, but I couldn't so I worked the cradle,'' Rho said.

Eight Wildcats are in today's finals, including Brian Forsythe (105), Corey Leggett (121), Ryan Bowers (127), Steve Stone (132), Sean Vancour (142), Allen (191) and McDonald (277).

South sits in fifth place with 81 points, despite wrestling without Brandon Ashby (bruised muscle near his ribs) and losing a finalist the Rebels thought they had. At 132, Anthony Bowers thought he had won his bout 7-3 in overtime. Almost 15 minutes after the match, the referee correctly made a scoring change causing Bowers to lose a 3-2 decision to Central Cambria's Steve Fagan.

Catoctin, which was without it coach Mike Telemeco who was taking care of some personal matters, only scored 38 points and sits in eighth place. Derek Fogle (173) posted a pin eight seconds into the second period of his semifinal.

"My coach wanted me to work on some moves in the first period, but then he said to finish it in the second,'' Fogle said.

Thomas Johnson, in sixth place with 66 points, has two wrestlers in today's finals - Mark Esmont (154) and Dan Ellis (217).

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