Senior Matt Allen, who is expected to make his 2001-2002 debut for Williamsport, was second in Md. State 1A/2A at 189 last year. He is the top-ranked wrestler in 1A/2A by the Maryland State Wrestling Association and should vie for the title.
Also, sophomore Day Caywood of Walkersville, is a reigning second-place winner in Md. State 1A/2A and is expected to do major damage over these next two days.
Williamsport finished ninth last year as Caesar Rodney won the team title. Walkersville was 13th and Middletown, the third area representative in the tourney, was 15th.
It will be interesting to see the results of Williamsport-Walkersville matchups in the tourney. Walkersville is currently in the lead of the Monocacy Valley Athletic League but, with the addition of Allen, Williamsport will be hard to beat when the two teams clash on Jan. 5, 2002.
Walkersville is No. 2 in the latest Herald-Mail Top 10s, with Williamsport No. 4 and Middletown No. 8.
HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Martinsburg and Hedgesville compete in the Wheeling Park Duals today and Saturday. No. 5 Martinsburg (8-4-1) defeated No. 6 Hedgesville (10-2) and avenged a loss to Musselman last week in the Berkeley County championships.
The two teams should be closer to full strength this weekend.
HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> No. 3 North Hagerstown is scheduled to make its second trip to Francis Scott Key in a week next Thursday. Next Thursday, the Hubs will wrestled an MVAL dual after competing, along with Greencastle-Antrim, in the FSK Tournament Thursday.
HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> A note to all area wrestling coaches: The Herald-Mail will begin printing area wrestlers' records next Friday. For the first week, please include wrestler's weight class, and record. All wrestlers with seven or more wins and an above .500 winning percentage are eligible. Information must be submitted to the Herald-Mail no later than Thursday at 8 p.m. Information may be submitted by fax (301-714-0245), e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or after 4 p.m. by phone (1-800-626-6397).
State rankings released
The fifth edition of the 125 Maryland State Wrestling Association rankings are out. Only weights involving area wrestlers are listed.
Overall 125 - 1. Matt Eveleth, Sr., Chesapeake-AA; 2. Rudy Rueda, So., DeMatha Catholic; 3. Nick Ramsel, Jr., Perry Hall; 4. Danny Caywood, So., Walkersville; 5. Tim Bohlman, Jr., Mt. St. Joseph; 6. Mario Bracamontes, Sr., Blair. Honorable mention: Sean Masten, Sr., North Caroline; Zach Wendall (12) Mt. Hebron; Ryan Brown, Jr., Lansdowne; Neal Nakagama, Jr., Oakland Mills.
Overall 135 - 1. Ryan Green, Sr., River Hill; 2. Clayton Arnold, Sr., Owings Mills; 3. Matt Harvey, Sr., Meade; 4. Chris Grove, So., Chesapeake-AA; 5. Eli Black, So., Chopticon; 6. Brian Saval, So., Boys' Latin; HM: Caleb Seufer, Sr., Northwest; Matt Bancroft, Sr., Calvert; Brandon Ashby, Sr., South Hagerstown; Alex Necessary, Jr., Parkside.
Overall 189 - 1. Geoff Miller, Sr., McDonogh; 2. Eric Oppel, Sr., Archbishop Curley; 3. Matt Allen, Sr., Williamsport; 4. Joey Kirwan, Sr., Kent County; 5. Ryan Gwaltney, Sr., Rising Sun; 6. Greg Fisher, Sr., Quince Orchard; HM: Tim Kassouf, Sr., Bel Air; Paul Day, Sr., Owings Mills; Chris Garrow, Sr., Mt. Hebron; Jason Shehane, Sr., Chesapeake-AA.
103 - 1. Doug Ramsey, Sr., Atholton; 2. Dustin Elliot, Sr., Parkside; 3. Alex Prezenchuk, So., Pikesville; 4. Mike McGill, Fr., Williamsport; 5. Chris Clark, Fr., Eastern Tech; 6. Jason Jacovsky, Fr., Owings Mills.
125 - 1. Danny Caywood, So., Walkersville; 2. Sean Masten, Sr., North Caroline; 3. Ryan Brown, Jr. Lansdowne; 4. Neal Nakagama, Jr., Oakland Mills; 5. Justin Olin, Jr., Rising Sun; 6. Mike Kessler, Fr., Owings Mills.
130 - 1. Sasha Binder, So., Owings Mills; 2. Mike Weber, Sr., Sparrows Point; 3. Russ Tebeleff, Sr., Hammond; 4. Bobby Bramble, Sr., Kent County; 5. Steve Fravel, Jr., North Hagerstown; 6. Corey Leggett, Sr., Williamsport.