Mat Notebook - Sanders wins

March 08, 2001

Mat Notebook - Sanders wins

Nick Sanders, a junior at Waynesboro, defeated Garnet Valley senior Jim Bertulis 4-2 in overtime Thursday in the first round of the PIAA AAA 140-pound division at Hersheypark Arena, Pa.

The three-day tournament continues this afternoon with the quarterfinal round.

Sanders, 32-3, will meet Shaler sophomore Taylor Letters, who defeated Shikellamy's Andy Hoffman, 10-2. Letters is 31-3.

This year, Pennsylvania will award down to eighth place. With full wrestlebacks, Sanders could clinch a place with a victory in the quarterfinal round.

Going out in style

Hedgesville's Bill Whittington said he is retiring as the school's coach after 17 years. Whittington put together a 203-153 record, going 102-17 in the last four years.

Only the beginning

Several area wrestlers have made an impact very early in their careers. Hedgesville sophomore Daniel Lord, second in W.Va. AAA 140, is 96-8 and just 71 wins away from school and state-win leader Jim Shetler.


Berkeley Springs had sophomores Brandon Clark (sixth at 119) and Josh Clark (fifth at 189) place in the states. Brandon Clark is 61-26 in his career. Josh Clark finished the season at 42-6.

Walkersville freshman Dan Caywood, second in Md. 2A/1A 112, is 32-6 with two of his losses coming against state champion Blake Huber of Northern Garrett.

Steve Fravel, a sophomore at North Hagerstown, is 59-17 and trails school wins leader, 2000 graduate Seth Staley, by 47. Staley is the only Hub with 100 career wins.

Sophomore Corey Leggett, of Williamsport, is already a two-time state placer and has a 56-17 record. He is well on his way to joining the Wildcats' 100-win club.

Senior Classic

North's Wayne Boward won both of his bouts in Tuesday's Senior Classic wrestling meet at River Hill. Boward, the 4A/3A champ, pinned the 2A/1A champ, Adam Roth of Atholton, in 1:09 and major decisioned the Private School's J.D. Nelson of the Gillam School, 12-1.

The Private Schools won the meet, beating 4A/3A 29-26 and 2A/1A, 27-19 and 4A/3A defeated 2A/1A, 42-25.

For the record

Williamsport Ryan McDonald finished his career as the school's win (118) and pin (91) leader.

Teammate Steve Stone is second in career wins (107). Both passed 2000 graduate Eric Kuczynski this year.

Hall of Fame

Four others were inducted into the Md. State Wrestling Hall of Fame Saturday at Western Maryland College, along with former South coach Ernie Walters. Bill Hastings and Walters were inducted for their contributions as coaches and/or referees.

Matt Slutzky, a four-time state champ, Dave Hopkins and Bruce Malinowski were inducted for their prowess on the mat, according to Dean Johnson, of the MPSSAA Wrestling Committee.

Staff writer Al Ditzel compiled this week's wrestling notebook. This is the final edition of wrestling notebook this year. Al Ditzel may be reached at (301) 733-5131, ext 7520 or e-mail at

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