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Who'll win the West Region mat tourneys

February 06, 2001

Who'll win the West Region mat tourneys



By AL DITZEL / Staff Writer


Walkersville's and Williamsport's wrestling coaches admit they are just happy to be in Wednesday's West Regional 1A/2A Dual Meet tournament at Northern Garrett High School, but for much different reasons.

Walkersville, the No. 2 seed, will wrestle Beall and No. 1 Northern Garrett will meet Williamsport at 5:30 p.m. The winners will meet at 7:30.

"It's incredible - amazing,'' Walkersville coach Bryan Biehl said. "We knew we were a good team, but we needed to get everyone healthy.''

Walkersville (12-2) lost to Williamsport 45-22 on Jan. 6, but has since reeled off nine straight wins. Biehl knows his Lions will have their hands full with Northern Garrett and its two returning state champions - Petey Stein and Mark Wolf.

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"We've added Charlie Cartwright and Ralph Nulph to the lineup at those moves alone have accounted for 12-point swings,'' Biehl said. "We lost Derek Krantz (separated shoulder) against Williamsport, but that allowed us to insert Brandon and bump up Danny Crum and Jason Gladhill, which has helped against teams.''

Meanwhile, Williamsport Chuck Martin's taking-on-the-tough-teams approach nearly cost the Wildcats their third straight postseason appearance.

"I believe that by wrestling tougher competition, we do better (individually) in the state tournament,'' Martin said. "I think what we need to do with wrestling in the state is the same kind of things they do for football - come up with a power rating formula.''

Martin said he'd like to see teams rewards for wrestling very good competition, instead of just a flat eight points-per-win formula the state now has in place. Mind you, Williamsport's three losses this year have come against Jefferson, the No. 1 team in the latest Herald-Mail poll, Waynesboro, which competes in the highly competitive Mid Penn Conference in Pennsylvania, and North Hagerstown, an unbeaten qualifier in 3A/4A.

Meanwhile, at North Hagerstown, the Hubs host the 3A/4A West Regional. No. 2 Hubs meeting Damascus and No. 1 Paint Branch wrestling Walter Johnson at 5:30 with the winners squaring off at 7:30.

"Here you have two unbeaten teams (North and Paint Branch) and two teams with just one loss (Walter Johnson and Damascus) so it will be highly competitive,'' Paint Branch coach Rick Smith said. "I'm sure all the coaches are saying the same things. I'm not predicting anything - I'll just be happy if we survive.''

Paint Branch might be looking for a little revenge. Two years ago, Damascus defeated Paint Branch en route to winning the 3A/4A state title and North defeated Paint Branch last year for the West championship.

North coach Greg Slick said the team pins the most will likely be crowned champ.

"In high school, kids make mistakes - good wrestlers and bad wrestlers - and go to their backs,'' Slick said. "Bad wrestlers make mistakes more. I think close dual meets always come down to pins.''

West Regional

3A/4A at North Hagerstown
No. 1 Paint Branch (13-0)


Won Montgomery County League Division II. Won Bowie Invitational, won Hub Cup, won Delmarva Invitational.

Last 3 years, lost to Damscus, lost to North Hagerstown in 27-20 in final

always good tournament, 2 unbeatens, 2 one loss, we're all about same level; regional tournament tough; Don't know how we're going to do. wrestle well. we are not looking walter johnson; if we're alive, we don't

Probable Lineup (Records, if available)

  • 103 - Robert Young (12-7)
  • 112 - Antonio Williams (20-2)
  • 119 - Fred Munday (22-5)
  • 125 - Ryan Scherer (20-7)
  • 130 - Derrick Miller (15-11)
  • 135 - Billy Smith (23-4)
  • 140 - Chris Booker (23-2)
  • 145 - Joe Ssemanda (19-10)
  • 152 - Adam James (24-0)
  • 160 _ Chris Miller (24-0)
  • 171 - Kenny O'Sullivan (21-3)
  • 189 - Matt Stewart (22-2)
  • 215 - Craig Lawrence (19-4)


No. 2 North Hagerstown (14-0)


Won Monocacy Valley Athletic League. Won Chopticon Tournament, finished third at FSK and fourth at the Hub Cup.

Probable Lineup (Record, if available)

  • 103 - Mike Wagner (24-3)
  • 112 - Chris Joliet (14-6)
  • 119 - Steve Fravel (24-3)
  • 125 - Quenton Harmison (6-7)
  • 130 - Jimmy Starkey (16-0)
  • 135 - Andrew Nichols (16-5)
  • 140 - Scott Greenwald (15-6)
  • 145 - Wayne Boward (22-0)
  • 152 - Dustin McDonough (21-6)
  • 160 - Zack Stowell (11-6) Jason Hinkle (7-3)
  • 171 - Brian Hayes (18-10)
  • 189 - Quinton Campbell (17-10)
  • 275 - Chad Coles (21-4).


No. 3 Damascus (13-1)


Won Division I of Montgomery County League. Won Parkside Tournament, finished second at Damascus Tournament and finished second at Hub Cup.

Probable Lineup

  • 103 - Ted Humburg (22-3)
  • 112 - Scott Humburg (21-11)
  • 119 - Ryan Hughes (19-8)
  • 125 - Steve Bennett (22-4)
  • 130 - Stewart Wyne (22-7)
  • 135 - Dale Kerns (23-2)
  • 140 - Chris Thompson (22-5)
  • 145 - Jim Creegan (20-9)
  • 152 - Shawn McGrew (14-11)
  • 160 - Greg Cohen (20-10)
  • 171 - Wayne Wyman (17-8)
  • 189 - Danny Turner (8-6)
  • 275 - Corey Ray (20-6)


No. 4 Walter Johnson (13-1)


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