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Lucky seven wrestlers advance

February 26, 2001

Lucky seven wrestlers advance



By AL DITZEL -- alfredd@herald-mail.com


Seven area wrestlers will go onto Western Maryland College's mats in the state tournaments Friday as west region champs.

Three champs - Ryan McDonald (29-2 at 275 pounds), Steve Stone (28-1 at 130) and Travis Brown (21-8 at 145) - come from Williamsport, which finished second in the 2A/1A West Region with 152 points, 25 points behind first-place Northern Garrett.

"I told the kids before the tournament that I'd like to see them step it up to the next level,'' Williamsport coach Chuck Martin said. "At the beginning of the season, I had no idea we'd be taking seven kids (top four in each weight class qualify) to states.

"As the season progressed, it seemed to come together and I thought we had a legitimate chance to win the regions. Northern Garrett had a little more than us, they outscored us by 20 in the finals, and they won it.''

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McDonald finished third last year, Stone took fourth and Brown did not qualify.

Smithsburg's Pete Quillen (27-6 at 152), who did not qualify last year, will also compete in 2A/1A as a west region champ.

Two champs - Steve Fravel (30-3 at 119) and Wayne Boward (28-0 at 145) - represent North Hagerstown as west region champs in 4A/3A. The Hubs, who qualified five wrestlers for the states, finished third in the 4A/3A West Region team race with 99 points, as Paint Branch (153.5) ran away with the title.

"I'm setting my goals high,'' said Fravel, a sophomore who is already making his state tournament appearance, after his region championship win on Saturday. "I want to place.''

Boward, a four-time county and four-time region champ, is a three-time third-place winner in 2A/1A while wrestling at Williamsport.

Also in 4A/3A, Akil Patterson (29-0 at 275), of Frederick, will take his second west region title into Wesminster.

"At this point, you throw out the records,'' Patterson said. "Everyone really is 0-0 now.''

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Nick Sanders, a junior at Waynesboro, finished third in the AAA District 3 140-pound weight class on Saturday to qualify for the Pa. state tournament March 8-10 at Hersheypark Arena.

Sanders, 31-3 on the season, won his third-place consolation bout against Manheim Central's Marvin Albright by a 15-0 (3:13) techincal fall. It was a interesting tournament end for Sanders, who opened Friday by beating Albright 11-3 in their preliminary bout.

Sanders lost to Dave Bretz, of Mechanicsburg, 5-4 in the quarterfinal round for his lone loss in the tournament.

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