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Indians surprise selves, field at home

February 17, 2001

Indians surprise selves, field at home



By BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent


BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A major appeal of high school wrestling is the element of surprise.

The surprise that comes when team titles are won or lost when an individual championship is won by the least expected wrestler.

For Berkeley Springs wrestling coach Daryl Bennett, the surprises came in a pair Saturday. Five Indians won individual championships en route to Berkeley Springs' third-place finish in the Region II, Class AA-A Wrestling Championships, but two matches in particular had Bennett smiling.

"We wrestled pretty well, overall," Bennett said. "These guys worked hard to get here ... I know they are pleased."

Bennett was referring to 119-pounder Brandon Clark, the tournament's outstanding wrestler, and surprise starter Matt Mason at 145.

Clark, a sophomore, had the unenviable task of facing undefeated senior Cory Auvil of Grafton. Auvil, who was 41-0 and had 151 career wins, trailed throughout the match as the aggressive Clark countered Auvil's efforts, time and again, to tie him up on the mat.

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Leading 2-1, Clark took Auvil down and gained control. Although Auvil escaped and got behind Clark with 10 seconds left, he could not score again.

"He pinned me twice this year," Clark said. "But, I felt I could stay with him. I felt strong."

"We were confident Brandon had a shot," Bennett said. "He is a tough kid, but I am a little surprised. It's a great win."

The Indians' other upset came at 145 when freshman Matt Mason pinned Braxton County's Josh Jarvis, who was the favorite to win the weight class.

"He made a mistake after I gained a little control," Mason said. "I was able to sink the half in and turn him."

"I felt Mason was a good choice for today." Bennett said. "He is a confident wrestler and a good worker."

The Tribe's other champions were senior Matt Rosensteel (125) took an 11-0 decision over Braxton County's Bob Yurkovich; sophomore Josh Clark (189) pinned Braxton County's Noah Shaver in 1:57 and Richard Stotler (171), the Indians' marquee wrestler, won by an injury forfeit.

"I was a little disappointed," Stotler said. "You always want to wrestle in the finals and at home - but I'm going to prepare for next week. I feel I am in better shape than last year. Things look pretty good for me for next week."

"Next week, that is what we worked all year for," Bennett said. "I would like to be taking a few more kids. We lost some close matches."

W.Va. Class A/AA Region II Tournament



Team Scores

Braxton County 228, Grafton 207, Berkeley Springs 185, Frankfort 156, Petersburg 126, Liberty Harrison 72, Clay Batelle 40.5, South Harrison 33.5.

Championship Round

103-Jordan Flynt (BC) d. Bobby Rawls (G), 11-10 (OT); 112-Matt Morris (BC) d. Cody Shirey (F), 10-4; 119-Brandon Clark (BS) d. Cory Auvil (G), 4-3; 125-Matt Rosensteel (BS) d. Bob Yurkovich (BC), 11-0; 130-Tommy Stiles (CB) p. Matt Gibbs (LH), 1:44; 135-Devin Bosley (F) d. Adam Leach (G,) 7-6; 140-Chris Leach (G) won by injury forfeit; 145-Matt Mason (BS) p. Josh Jarvis (BC), 1:47; 152-C.J. Foster (BC) p. Jamie Moore (BS), 1:43; 160-Drew Toth (SH) d. Trampus Efaw, 8-3; 171-Richard Stotler (BS) won by forfeit; 189-Josh Clark (BS) p. Noah Shaver (BC), 1:51; 215-Michael Keener (G) d. Levi Hovermale (BS), 4-3; 275-Kenny Hollenbach (G) p. Robert Berg (P), 4:12.

Fastest Fall-Josh Clark (BS), 19 seconds

Outstanding wrestler-Brandon Clark (BS).

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