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Williamsport wrestles to lead at Damascus

December 31, 2001

Williamsport wrestles to lead at Damascus



W'Port wrestles to lead



HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Five Wildcats advances to today's semifinals at Damascus Holiday tourney.

By AL DITZEL
alfredd@herald-mail.com


DAMASCUS, Md. - State runners-up Matt Allen of Williamsport and Dan Caywood of Walkersville led 10 area wrestlers into today's semifinals of the Damascus Holiday Tournament.

Williamsport, pushing five wrestlers in the semifinals, leads the tourney with 94 points after trailing Urbana after the quarterfinal round. Urbana fell to fifth place with 88 points after wrestlebacks.

Allen, the top seed at 189 pounds who made his season debut after serving a 45-day extra curricular activity suspension, needed only 1 minute, 30 seconds to pin his two opponents, including a 25-second pin in the first round.

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"I wrestled well in my first match, but I was too fired up for my second match," Allen said. "My coaches said I was fine, but I could tell I was too up. I wasn't shooting. I backed up instead of going forward, but I set up my shot and got the pin."

Allen will meet Eric Wine of Glenelg in today's semifinal.

If Allen advances, likely he would meet Greg Fisher of Quince Orchard in the final. Allen defeated Fisher twice in this tourney last year by the scores of 7-4 and 5-3.

Williamsport freshman Mike McGill (103) recorded two first-period pins and will meet top-seeded Frankie Baughn of Quince Orchard in a semifinal. Wildcat junior Cory Kuczynski (119) had two decisions and will meet second-seeded Garrett Thrift of Franklin in a semifinal. Junior Corey Leggett (130) won by decision and technical fall and will meet second-seeded Nick Limparis in a semifinal. Sophomore Devin Hewitt (125) won his lone bout by major decision and will meet Caywood, second seeded, in their semifinal.

Walkersville, in 14th place after the quarters, advanced Caywood and senior top-seed Jimmy Francis (171). Caywood had a major decision and a pin while Francis had a decision and a pin. Francis will meet Greg Cohen of Damascus in a semifinal.

Middletown, in ninth place after the quarters, advanced three - Matt Maddox (112), Ryan McQuillen (145) and Andrew Nicklas (152) - in the semifinals.

"We're wrestling very well," Middletown coach Jim Schartner said. "Even in matches we lost, we've wrestled well."

Maddox had two second-period pins and will meet second-seeded Eric DuVall of Damascus in a semifinal. McQuillen had a decision and a major and Nicklas had a pin and a decision.

Today's semifinals are scheduled for 10 a.m. and the finals are slated for 4 p.m. but Friday's quarterfinals, scheduled for 5 p.m., were finished at 4:30 p.m.

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