At the Hub of it all

February 17, 2001

At the Hub of it all

North outguns Williamsport for third straight county

By AL DITZEL / Staff Writer

WILLIAMSPORT - As expected, Saturday's 11th Washington County Tournament looked much more like a North Hagerstown-Williamsport dual match - with just enough of Smithsburg, South Hagerstown and Booonsboro to make it interesting.

In the end, despite losing unbeaten Jimmy Starkey for the year, the Hubs, with five champs and six second-place finishers, won their third straight county tournament.

"I thought there were a couple of places we could've scored a little better, but looking at (the final scores), I think we did alright,'' North coach Greg Slick said. North finished with 190 points to Williamsport's 174. Smithsburg (91), South (89.5) and Boonsboro (26) followed.


Individually, Ryan McDonald and Wayne Boward joined the county's exclusive four-time champion club. The short list includes Jared Myers of Williamsport (1996-1999) and John Nogle (1992-1995) and Kris Dietrich (1993-1996) of Smithsburg.

"It means a lot because not many people have done it before,'' said Williamsport's McDonald, who who his fourth 275-pound title by pinning Chad Coles in the finals. "Really, now that the postseason is here, everyone's 0-0. We're all starting over. I just wanted to go out and pin my way through.''

Boward, who won his first three titles with Williamsport, collected his first for North Hagerstown via pins.

"It's important for me because I'm with a new school, a new coach who's teaching me a lot of things on my feet and I really wanted this,'' said Boward, the unbeaten 145 champ.

Then, there were several champions who repeated their early-season success like North's Mike Wagner, who decisioned Williamsport's Brian Forsythe for the third time to garner the 103 title.

"I felt confindent going into the match,'' a subdued Wagner said. "Coach always tells us to win with dignity, lose with dignity.''

Others who repeated early-season wins to capture county gold included North's Steve Fravel (119), Andrew Nichols (135) and Dustin McDonough (152) and Williamsport's Devin Hewitt (112), Ryan Bowers (125), Steve Stone (130) and Matt Allen (189). Stone, a senior, is a three-time champ.

Among the wrestlers who avenged early-season losses to win gold include Smithsburg's Harry Baker (171), North's Zack Stowell (160) and Williamsport's Sean Vancour, who posted a 10-8 win in overtime.

Baker scored a 5-4 win over North's Brian Hayes with a reversal with four seconds left in the match. Hayes had taken a 4-3 lead with a reversal with 49 seconds left.

Stowell survived a last-second flurry to defeat Smithsburg's Mike Dietrich. Stowell escaped with 14 seconds left to take a 5-4 lead. Then, Dietrich scored a takedown and two nearfall points, Stowell responded with a reveral and two nearfall points and just before Dietrich could get loose or reverse, time ran out.

11th Annual Washington Co. Tournament

At Williamsport

Team standings

1. North Hagerstown 190; 2. Williamsport 174; 3. Smithsburg 91; 4. South 89.5; 5. Boonsboro 26.


103-Mike Wagner (N) d. Brian Forsythe (W), 3-1; 112-Devin Hewitt (W) d. Chris Joliet (N), 7-2; 119-Steve Fravel (N) d. Corey Leggett (W), 7-3; 125-Ryan Bowers (W) d. Adam Roane (SM), 10-5; 130-Steve Stone (W) p. Matt Ranieli (N), 1:08; 135-Andrew Nichols (N) tf. Trenton Almeda (W), 15-0; 140-Sean Vancour (W) d. Scott Greenwald (N), 10-8 (OT); 145-Wayne Boward (N) p. Travis Brown (W), 10-8; 152-Dustin McDonough (N) d. Pete Quillen (SM), 9-4; 160-Zack Stowell (N) d. Mike Dietrich (SM), 9-8; 171-Harry Baker (SM) d. Brian Hayes (N), 5-4; 189-Matt Allen (W) md. Sal Mauriello (S), 12-2; 275-Ryan McDonald (W) p. Chad Coles (N), 3:46.

Third-place finishers

103-Stephen Copeland (S); 112-Chad Sweigert (S); 119-Marty Kaetzel (B); 125-Quentin Harmison (N); 130-Anthony Bowers (S); 135-Joe Fox (SM); 140-Nathan Mose (S); 145-Emens Rho (S); 152-Jimmy Wilson (B); 160-Brandon Nigh (S); 171-Ethan Lord (W); 189-Quinten Campbell (N); 275-Paul Virden (SM).

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