Middletown's Nicklas gets taste of vengeance

February 03, 2001

Middletown's Nicklas gets taste of vengeance

By ADELINE STAEBLER / Staff Correspondent

Middletown wrestler Andrew Nicklas got a little bit of revenge Saturday - revenge that will benefit him and his team.

Nicklas lost to South Hagerstown's Adam Hutchens by one point several weeks ago and came into Saturday's Monocacy Valley Athletic League matchup against South ready to beat Hutchens.

Nicklas pinned Hutchens in 2:32 and gave the Knights the lead on the way to a 44-17 win over the Rebels.

"I was pretty mad that (Hutchens) had beaten me before and so I really wanted this one so I was pretty pumped up," said Nicklas (19-6). "I knew I had him on my feet so when I took him down twice, he had flattened out and as soon as he flattened out the second time I knew he was done."


The Rebels led 17-16 going into the 152-pound match, but the Knights took the lead with Nicklas' win, then won the rest of their matches for the victory.

"(The win is) great because it kind of solidifies a lot of stuff we've been doing in practice," Middletown coach Jim Schartner said. "It means that we're on the right track and that we need to keep working towards it, but it shows us that we're going in the right direction."

The Rebels (5-7) were leading 14-9 after Tony Bowers (130) had a 12-2 major decision over Middletown's Bryan Pope. But a 14-2 decision by the Knights' Nick Schlepp brought Middletown to within two points.

A major decision by Middletown's Brandon Keller (140) put Middletown up 16-14, but a sudden-death overtime win by South's Emens Rho (145) gave the Rebels a 17-16 lead.

"The key matches were 112, 135, 152," South coach Brian Brake said. "They were three that we knew were going to be pivotal and we had to get two out of the three. They were kids where we could have been competitive against. We won one out of the three close matches that we could have won. But this was a two-hour match, this was the first time that a lot of the matches didn't get over in the first period."

Besides Rho and Bowers, South also had wins from Terry Jones (125) and Stephen Copeland (103) who pinned Matt Maddox in 4:17.

"Over the last two days I really went and tried working on my takedowns and I was working on a shot," said Copeland (17-8). "I've been doing a lot of things that the coach was telling me instead of doing my own thing and that worked out for me."

The Knights also received wins from Mike Schlepp (112), Peter Beutler (119), Ryan McQuillen (160), Colin Blair (171), Ben Berger (189) and Eric Hassel (275).

Middletown 44, South 17

103 - Stephen Copeland (S) p. Matt Maddox, 4:17; 112 - Mike Schlepp (M) d. Chad Sweigert, 12-5; 119 - Peter Beutler (M) p. John Bible, 2:49; 125 - Terry Jones (S) md. Sean O'Keefe, 18-8; 130 - Tony Bowers (S) md. Bryan Pope, 12-2; 135 - Nick Schlepp (M) d. Justin Oberosler, 14-12; 140 - Brandon Keller (M) md. Nathan Mose, 11-1; 145 - Emens Rho (S) d. Jason Tipaldos, 6-4 (OT); 152 - Andrew Nicklas (M) p. Adam Hutchens, 2:32; 160 - Ryan McQuillen (M) md. Brandon Nigh, 12-0; 171 - Colin Blair (M) p. Todd Glines, :34; 189 - Ben Berger (M) p. Sal Mauriello, 5:29; 275 - Eric Hassel (M) p. Clayton Swisher, 2:56.

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