Wrestling Notebook - Cougars get one up on Eagles

February 01, 2001

Wrestling Notebook - Cougars get one up on Eagles

Despite competing without full lineups, Jefferson and Hedgesville finished 1-2 in the Cumberland Valley Athletic League duals last Saturday in Cumberland, Md. In their first head-to-head dual match of the year, Jefferson, currently No. 3 in the Herald-Mail poll, defeated No. 1 Hedgesville, 39-35.

The match was hotly contested and high-spirited, according to reports. Both teams were missing three starters from their respective lineups because of injury, most notably Jared Hess and Johnny Dunhan for Hedgesville and Steve Reynolds, Andre MacDonald and Ryan Fierro for Jefferson. And while no single bout can truly be singled out as the deciding factor, the closely contested 171-pound bout between Drew Day (Jefferson) and Andrew Everhart went double overtime, with Drew emerging by riding out Everhart.

Jefferson heavily relied on pins against Hedgesville, as Tyler Moore (103), Chantz Griffith (125), Justin Hawes (130), Devin Abshire (135) and Dustin Householder (215) accounted for 30 of the team's 39 points. Rob Osuch (160) also accepted a forfeit.


Griffith, Hawes, Abshire and Osuch finished as CVAL champs with Smith, Day and Householder runners-up.

In another bout of note, Osuch defeated a W.Va. state placer, Martinsburg's Travis Durst, 6-4 in overtime.

Who's on first?

Obviously, when the next Herald-Mail poll is released Saturday, a lot will be considered. And while one can never say just because team A defeated team B, and team B has defeated team C, it means team A would beat team C because, as all those involved with wrestling know, it's all about matchups.

But, just looking at it some: No. 3 Jefferson owns a four-point win over No. 1 Hedgesville and a 36-28 win over No. 4 Williamsport. No. 2 North defeated Williamsport, 38-25. And Saturday, No. 5 Waynesboro will host Williamsport. Both teams sport identical 45-18 wins over No. 10 Chambersburg.

Hello, we must be going

North has wasted little time in its last four dual meets. Collectively, the unbeaten Hubs (13-0) have gone 49-3 in individual bouts in those four matches and have scored 25 first-period pins, only one coming against Smithsburg. Chad Cole, wrestling at 275 despite weighing closer to the non-existent 215 weight class in Maryland, recorded 10- and 8-second pins.

North's recent run has been without Jimmy Starkey, its unbeaten 135, who has been out with a broken hand. Coach Greg Slick reports Starkey is ready to wrestle, but may or may not get a chance until the West Regional duals next Wednesday.

In the match against Smithsburg, North's Dustin McDonough defeated Pete Quillen 5-3 and Smithsburg's Mike Dietrich defeated Zak Stowell 4-2, both bouts going into overtime. It could make for just some of the interesting bouts in the Washington County Tournament on Feb. 17 at Williamsport.

Looking back

Berkeley Springs wrestled to a fourth-place finish at the Vikings Smash Duals last weekend, facing all the teams it will face in the regional tournament on Feb. 17.

Matt Rosensteel (125), Josh Clark (189) and Richard Stotler (171) took home gold medals for first place. Stotler is 26-1 this season, with his only loss coming in the Max Horz Jr. tournament wrestling up a weight class against defending Md. 1A/2A 189 champion John Hayhurst of Southern Garrett.

Placing second for Berkeley Springs were Brandon Clark (119), Jamie Moore (152) and Levi Hovermale (215). Taking thirds were Joey Harrison (130) and Frank Gregg (135). Finishing fourth were Matt Mason (140) and Donnie Stotler (275).

In other action last weekend, Mercersburg Academy traveled to New Jersey for the first Mid Atlantic Prep League tournament. Blair Academy, ranked No. 1 in the nation by USA Today, finished first.

Mercersburg was fifth in the six-team event. Graham Zifferer (103) and Sam Miller (215) took second places and Byron Chiu (145) finished third.

Back on the mat

Ty Fridgen, who has been Greencastle-Antrim's most consistent wrestler this season, successfully returned the mat last week. Fridgen re-injured his shoulder in the Mid Penn Tournament two weeks ago and had to default out.

This week's notebook compiled by staff writer Al Ditzel

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