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Lions can't pull wrestling upset out West

February 08, 2001|By AL DITZEL

Lions can't pull wrestling upset out West



ACCIDENT, Md. - As seeded, Northern Garrett defeated two area teams - Williamsport and Walkersville - to win the 1A/2A West Regional dual meet championship Wednesday night.

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Northern Garrett (15-1) defeated Williamsport 40-25 in the first round and then downed Walkersville 46-21 to win the title. Earlier, Walkersville rang Beall, 46-29.

"We were seeded second and we finished second," Walkersville coach Bryan Biehl said proudly. "I told the kids to come out and wrestle to win. If you aren't interested in winning, don't wrestle.''

Biehl stuck to his guns against Northern Garrett. He sent out the lineup that best served his wrestlers, choosing to forfeit at 135 pounds.

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"I didn't think that one match would make any difference," Biehl said. "We're wrestling (Northern Garrett) again in the (individual) regionals ina couple of weeks and it was important to see how we could do against them."

Walkersville (13-3) won four of the 12 wrestled bouts. Danny Crum (125), Randy Nulph (160) and Billy Burke (189) recorded pins and Jason Gladhill (130) posted an 8-3 decision.

But one of Walkersville's highlights against Northern actually came in a loss. Ed Asbill pushed returning state champion Pete Stein so hard during their 119 bout, Stein ran off the mat between the second and third periods to discard his dinner.

Adding in the technical violation point for not asking the referee first before stepping off the mat, Asbill held a 3-2 lead heading into the third period before Stein rallied to win, 6-5.

Dan Caywood (112), Brandon Krantz (125), Crum (130), Gladhill (135), Nulph (160), Jason Goff (171) and Burke pinned against Beall (12-3) in the first round, extending Walkersville's winning streak to 10 matches. The last match the Lions lost was a 46-22 decision to Williamsport last month.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> As expected, Northern Garrett's first-round win against Williamsport was not easy. In fact, Wildcats coach Chuck Martin saw two bouts go the wrong way, giving the host Huskies a 15-point win instead of a one-point loss.

"We almost got the pin (at 125), then gave up a pin and should've had another win (at 135),"Martin said. "If everything else goes the way it did, we win, 33-32.''

Williamsport's Ryan Bowers cradled Danny Ganoe and neared a huge pin at 125. Instead, the pin was not called and Ganoe came back to pin Bowers. Then, Sean Vancour, who cut from 135 to 130 for the match, appeared to score a buzzer-beating takedown for a decision at 135. After conferring with the timer, the referee determined that the takedown came after the buzzer forcing overtime. Northern Garrett's Jordan Brenneman scored a takedown for the sudden death win.

"I think (Bowers) lost his intensity,"Martin said. "Vancour should've been able to regroup. He was better than the other guy on his feet and should have scored the takedown in overtime. Yeah, it was a tough call (at the buzzer), but we should've won that bout anyway.''

Williamsport started the night well as Brian Forsythe posted a major decision at 103.

"(Forsythe) has been wrestling really well,"Martin said. "He wrestled well last week against Waynesboro, too. Then, (Devin) Hewitt did a good job at 112. (Northern Garrett) did what they were supposed to at 119 and then we lost that tough one at 125.''

Hewitt held Blake Huber to a 7-0 decision as a loss highlight for Williamsport. The Wildcats got pins from Steve Stone (130), Matt Allen (189) and Ryan McDonald (275).

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