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Two-team race will decide Wash. Co. wrestling meet

February 16, 2001

Two-team race will decide Wash. Co. wrestling meet



By AL DITZEL / Staff Writer


It might look more like a dual meet rather than a team tournament Saturday at Williamsport when North Hagerstown seeks its third straight Washington County Tournament wrestling title.

The Hubs, despite graduating nine senior starters from a year ago, are the favorites to threepeat in the 11th year of the event, but four-time winner Williamsport will be at home and might just have enough star power to make a run at the team trophy.

Last year, North won easily, outdistancing Williamsport, 203-139, but Saturday might be different.

North, three-time county champs, will be led by three-time county champ Wayne Boward, who transfered from Williamsport before the start of his senior season. He is the clear favorite at 145 pounds. Boward is 24-0 with 12 pins this season.

Teammate Steve Fravel seeks his second straight county title. He might not have an easy road if he competes at 119. Corey Leggett of Williamsport is also a returning champion seeking his second title. Both wrestlers are slated to wrestle at 119. Fravel wrestled at 125 in the December dual meet against Williamsport. Missing will be South Hagerstown's Brandon Ashby, a runner-up to Fravel last year at 112. Ashby is expected to skip the county tournament to rest a bad shoulder.

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Also seeking his fourth county title is Williamsport's Ryan McDonald at 275. North's Chad Coles went the distance with McDonald (15-2) in the dual meet and that could factor into the team standings.

Another clear favorite is Williamsport's Steve Stone at 130. Stone's only loss this year is to Jefferson's Justin Hawes (3-2) and the Wildcat senior is seeking his third county title. Last year, he defeated Jimmy Starkey of North 8-4 in the final. Starkey has been wrestling at 130 lately but could be at 135 here.

Wildcat Matt Allen, who finished third at 160 last year, is the obvious favorite at 189. Allen has been a pin machine and has several impressive wins on his resume this season. North's Quinton Campbell and South's Sal Mauriello will vie for second.

Hub sophomore Mike Wagner is the favorite at 103, but Williamsport sophomore Brian Forsythe has been wrestling well recently and has posted solid wins against Northern Garrett and Waynesboro. Wagner defeated Forsythe in the December dual.

At 112, Williamsport's Devin Hewitt is the favorite with North's Chris Joliet a likely final opponent, although Joliet wrestled up at 119 and lost to Leggett in December.

Williamsport's Ryan Bowers is the favorite at 125 - maybe. He lost to Fravel in the December dual, and Smithsburg's Adam Roane, a third-place finisher at 112 last year, could score some important points in the weight class.

Wildcat senior Sean Vancour might be the favorite at 140. He lost to North's Andrew Nichols in the December dual, but depending on where Hub coach Greg Slick puts his wrestlers, Vancour could come away as the champ.

North's Dustin McDonough is a slight favorite at 152, only because he defeated Smithsburg's Pete Quillen in overtime in the schools' dual meet.

It flip-flops at 160 where Smithsburg's Mike Dietrich is a slight favorite over North's Zack Stowell by virtue of Dietrich's OT win in the dual meet.

A third North-Smithsburg final could happen at 171. The Hubs' Brian Hayes blanked the Leopards' Harry Baker 6-0 in the dual meet.

Smithsburg won the first three county tournaments.

Saturday at Williamsport H.S.

Schedule of Events:

  • 12:30-2:15 - JV Exhibitions
  • 12:45-1:45 - Varsity Weigh-in
  • 2:30-4 - Prelims and semifinals
  • 4-5 - Third place
  • 5:15 - Championship round
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