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McDonald, Wildcats make run at 2A/1A title

March 03, 2001

McDonald, Wildcats make run at 2A/1A title



By ADELINE STAEBLER / Staff Correspondent


WESTMINSTER, Md. - Williamsport heavyweight Ryan McDonald kept his pin streak alive through the quarterfinals of the 2A/1A state finals Friday night at Western Maryland College.

He isn't too worried about keeping it through today's rounds ... He just wants to win states.

McDonald pinned Edgewood's Javance Payne in the first round and then pinned Glenelg's Robert Lahayne in the quarterfinals in 3:33 for his eighth straight pin to advance to today's semifinals.

McDonald's run helped Williamsport reach third place after the first day of competition. The Wildcats have 42 points, trailing leading Northern Garrett by three points.

"We were wrestling around and I was going to try to pin (Lahayne), that was my goal. I got him in my bar and he had his head down and I was able to punch my elbow through and throw him on his back," McDonald said. "(Pinning is) how I like to win, I've got a streak going. But I'm not even worried about the pin tomorrow I've just got to go out there an win two more matches."

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All seven of the Wildcat wrestlers who went to states advance to today's action. Corey Leggett (119 pounds) had a 5-4 decision over Gwynn Park's Marcus Brice to advance to the semifinals and Steve Stone (130) pinned Easton's Caleb Seufert in 2:41.

"My first match, I looked pretty sloppy, so I figured I had to get pumped up and wrestle hard," Stone said. "I just hit a reversal and caught his head and capitalized on it and pinned him. I expected a six minute tough match. He's been wrestling real good lately."

Travis Brown (145) had an 8-5 decision over Cambridge/South Dorchester's Keith Cornish to advance to the semifinals for Williamsport.

"My first match, I was a little nervous, but the second match I came out and attacked and just won the match and wrestled tough," Brown said. "I was pretty confident on my feet. I let him up and took him back down. I was pretty confident I'd get the takedown when he was on his feet, but the boy was pretty quick but I held him for awhile in the second period."

Matt Allen (189) also advanced for the semifinals for the Wildcats.

Ryan Bowers (125) and Brian Forsythe (103) each lost in the first round, but will have the chance to wrestle back for third place today.

"We're pretty tickled with this," Williamsport coach Chuck Martin said. "We just want them to wrestle like they're capable of. They have been able to focus and come out and wrestle their matches and their style and that's what they've got to do. It's one match at a time, that's the name of the ballgame, one match at a time."

Smithsburg's Pete Quillen (152) beat Hammond's Marshall Porter 10-9 to advance.

Walkersville's Dan Caywood (112) beat Bennett's Sibtain Rawala 9-7 in the first round and then pinned Bruce Stouten of Sparrows Point in 3:11 to advance.

"When I came into my second match I really wanted to be the aggressor and set the pace and I think I did that," Caywood said.

In the 4A/3A tournament, North Hagerstown's Wayne Boward pinned Arundel's Taylor Connolly in 2:43 to advance.

"I went out and wrestled real hard, did a good job, took him down," Boward said. "I worked control really well today and did my moves and got him over and pinned him."

Frederick heavyweight Akil Patterson had a 15-0 techical fall over Oxon Hill's Terin Reed to advance.

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