Wrestling Notebook - Mid Penn proves a challenge

January 25, 2001

Wrestling Notebook - Mid Penn proves a challenge

As expected, area teams struggled in last weekend's Mid Penn tournament in Hershey, Pa. Waynesboro finishd in 15th place in the 29-team tournament with 83 points. Cedar Cliff won with 180.5 points.

Waynesboro's Nick Sanders, top-seeded at 145, finished second. He lost an 8-4 decision to Cedar Cliff's Chad Reisch in the finals. Sanders' teammate, Nathan Geesaman, finished in fifth place at 112. Geesaman won his first two bouts in the tournament before losing to eventual champion Tyler Drake of Boiling Springs, 1-0.

Chambersburg's Kevin Roland was the only other area top six placer, taking sixth at 152.

Chambersburg scored 30 points, James Buchanan had 15 points and Greencastle-Antrim had 14 points.

Greencastle's top wrestler, Ty Fridgen, had to injury default in his second match in the 130 division.

"He hurt his shoulder at the Arundel tournament the week before," Greencastle coach Fred Yelton said. "It's really badly bruised. He aggravated it again while winning his first match (at Mid Penn), and we didn't think it was worth him getting more injured."


Yelton said Fridgen will get rest, if needed, before the sectional tournament, Feb. 16-17.

Snow days

Officials at last week's Rebel Invitational made the proper move to wrestle their semifinals on Friday night. While it cut down on the amount of wrestling Saturday, it made sure that those wrestlers needing points and matches to qualify for the West Region tournament, and therefore the state tournament, received them.

Several teams lost match time last week because of the snow. St. James, which has been losing dual meets because of opponents bowing out for various reasons, missed out on the MAC tournament. It has been rescheduled for Feb. 2.

Meanwhile, the first Musselman Invitational, featuring Hedgesville, Jefferson, Martinsburg and Musselman was snowed out and will not be rescheduled.

"I think that hurt us," Hedgesville coach Bill Whittington said. "We haven't been on the mats (in competitive situations) in two weeks.

"We've had some kids fighting the flu and we've got some bumps and bruises (Jared Hess will not wrestle this weekend), but we'll get after it again."

Hedgesville, Martinsburg, Jefferson and Musselman will compete in the Cumberland Valley Athletic League duals at Fort Hill this weekend.

Record-tying performance

In last weekend's Rebel at South Hagerstown High School, Williamsport's Ryan McDonald tied the school record for wins in a career with 105, set last year by Eric Kuczynski.

McDonald, 20-2 this year with 16 pins, is also closing on the career mark for pins.

Didn't we just shake hands?

Travis Brown of Williamsport tied the area record with a 6-second pin in the Rebel Invitational last Friday. Wil Moyet of St. James also has a 6-second fall this year. Brown's pin was the third sub-10 second pin by a WIlliamsport wrestler this season. Matt Allen (9 seconds) and McDonald (8 seconds) also accomplished the feat.

Tourney time coming

Maryland teams will compete in county tournaments on Feb. 17. Washington County's tournament will be at Williamsport.

In Pennsylvania, wrestlers begin their trek into the state tournament with the sectionals. Wrestlers must finish in the top six to qualify for the Districts. Then, they must place in the top four to qualify for the regions. Then, they must place in the top three to qualify for the states.

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

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