Penalty point becames curse of Williamsport wrestlers

February 03, 2001

Penalty point becames curse of Williamsport wrestlers

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Foul language deduction, clutch wins add up to Waynesboro victory over Williamsport.

By AL DITZEL / Staff Writer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Neither coach was happy when the referee stopped the 130-pound bout between Waynesboro and Williamsport on Saturday.

Waynesboro coach Dan Ireland was upset because he saw that his wrestler had just locked on a cradle and felt he was getting ready to score some points.

Williamsport coach Chuck Martin was upset because the referee penalized the visiting Wildcats a team point for unsportsmanlike conduct (language) from the bench.


In a match won by Waynesboro 26-25, one could see why that point was plenty important.

"I didn't hear any one on the bench say (what the referee said he heard),'' Martin said. Not lost by the Wildcats coach were the tossup bouts that went Waynesboro's way.

"We felt like there were four that could've gone either way, we lost them all,'' Martin said. "We knew this would be a tough match and those matches were very important.''

No. 5 Waynesboro showed why its record (4-9) is deceiving. It seemed any time a match could've gone either way, the Indians came out ahead.

Like how Nathan Geesaman pitched a 4-0 shutout over Corey Leggett at 119 pounds.

Or, how backup Derek Hook (Josh Sanders out with injury) only gave up a 13-3 major decision to pinning machine Steve Stone at 130.

Or, how Brett Lasley wisely staved off giving up more team points in a 9-7 loss to Sean Vancour at 140. Or, how Dave Malinosky fought off an explosive Travis Brown 8-7 at 145.

Then, watching its lead 14-point lead after Joey Price's technical fall at 160, dwindle to 26-22, Waynesboro heavyweight Jeb Keller limited Ryan McDonald, who owns the school career wins lead and is co-leader in pins, to a 4-1 decision, securing the one-point victory. Last Thursday, Keller was on the other end trying to pin in a 27-25 loss to New Oxford.

"I asked him if he knew what his job was,'' Ireland said. "We all would like to go out and try to win, but sometimes you have to sacrifice a little for the team's sake. That's the sport.''

No. 4 Williamsport (10-4-1) had the match's only two pins - Brian Forsythe (103) and Matt Allen (189) - but Waynesboro picked up a forfeit (Nick Sanders), a technical fall (Price) and decisions from Adam Rook (112), Brian Lisko) and Eric Kelley (135) while winning seven of 13 bouts.

"We read the clippings and we do our homework,'' Ireland said. "We know that (Williamsport) is a very good team. At this point, it's more mental than anything else. We talked about wrestling a Maryland team, so there is that natural rivalry as well.''

No. 5 Waynesboro 26, No. 4 Williamsport 25

103-Brian Forsythe (Wi) p. Patrick Greenawalt, 2:26; 112-Adam Rook (Wa) d. Devon Hewitt, 7-4; 119-Nathan Geesaman (Wa) d. Corey Leggett, 4-0; 125-Brian Lisko (Wa) d. Ryan Bowers, 7-0; 130-Steve Stone (Wi) md. Derek Hook, 13-3; 135-Eric Kelley (Wa) d. Trenton Almeda, 7-2; 140-Sean Vancour (Wi) d. Brett Lasley, 9-7; 145-Dave Malinosky (Wa) d. Travis Brown, 8-7; 152-Nick Sanders (Wa) forfeit; 160-Joey Price (Wa) tf. Greg Wilson, 16-1; 171-Ethan Lord (Wi) md. Justin Nicholson, 10-1; 189-Matt Allen (Wi) p. Doug Tarr, 3:46; 275-Ryan McDonald (Wi) d. Jeb Keller, 4-1.

Records - Waynesboro 4-9; Williamsport 10-4-1.

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