Williamsport wins Damascus

December 31, 2001

Williamsport wins Damascus


DAMASCUS, Md. - Wrestlers don't often smile, but you could some teeth Saturday when the Williamsport team gathered on top of the victory stand at the 10th annual Damascus Holiday Tournament.

Williamsport, led by 189-pound champion Matt Allen, ran away with the team title scoring 179.5 points. It is the Wildcats' second tourney title, except for four Washington County title

"We prepared a lot harder for this tournament," Williamsport coach Chuck Martin said. "We knew we'd be in contention this year.

"It's special to win a 20-team tournament," he said. "We consider placing in the top three a good tournament. A lot of our kids here worked really hard in the summer. When you dedicate yourself like that, these things happen."


Allen, along with Walkersville's Dan Caywood (125) and Middletown's Ryan McQuillen (152) were the area's three individual champions.

Williamsport didn't win with the first places. It won with the seconds from Cory Kuczynski (119) and Corey Leggett (130), the thirds from Mike McGill (103), Brian Forsythe (112) and Devin Hewitt (125), a fourth from Ryan Bowers (135) and a lot of pins throughout the tournament.

Allen had three first-period pins and then defeated Quince Orchard's Greg Fisher 9-5 in the final. It was a battle between the two top-ranked wrestlers by the Maryland State Wrestling Association, Allen in 1A/2A and Fisher in 3A/4A. Allen scored with a headlock and led 7-1 after two periods, before giving up a couple of takedowns in the third period.

"What this taught me is I have to get in shape," Allen said. "I'm not really mad about those takedowns, because that's his bread and butter. I know I have to keep working, don't stop. I think I can get the job done."

Caywood (13-0) found himself in a most unusual match against Oakland Mills' Neal Nakagama.

"I've never had a match like that before in my life," he said. Caywood trailed 9-8 late in the second period before scoring the 23-11 major decision.

"My conditioning was the difference," Caywood, a sophomore, said. "This is a good step on the way to the states."

McQuillen pinned Sidwell Friends' Gabe Cohen at 4:35 of their final.

"I like going upper body and when he went upper body, that was fine with me," McQuillen (14-1) said. "He almost got me in the third period, but I worked my hips well.

"My coach told me to stand up in the third period and I couldn't," he said. "Then he rolled me on top of him and I put my hand out."

McQuillen led 2-1 after the first period when Cohen chose the top position in the second period.

"That threw me off," McQuillen said. "People normally take bottom, especially when they're behind."

McQuillen escaped and then took the bottom position in the third period. When Cohen rolled, McQuillen turned it into a front headlock for the fall.

Damascus Holiday Tourney

Team Results - 1. Williamsport 179.5, 2. Damascus 147, 3. Franklin 139.5. Other area teams - 10. Walersville 107, 11. Middletown 102.

Area Championship Finals

119 - Jeff Plasse (Oak. Mills) d. Cory Kuczynski (Wil.), 8-1; 125 - Dan Caywood (Walk.) md. Neal Nakagama (Blair), 23-11; 130 - Matt Schuster (Frank.) p. Corey Leggett (Wil.), 3:14; 152 - Ryan McQuillen (Mid.) p. Gabe Cohen (Sid. Friends), 4:35; 189 - Matt Allen (Wil.) d. Greg Fisher (Quince Orch.), 9-5.

Area Third-Place Consolations

103 - Mike McGill (Wil.) p. David Brindza (Glen.), 3:22; 112 - Brian Forsythe (Will.) d. d. Jory Frankle (Frank.), 5-1; 119 - Garrett Thrift (Frank.) d. Chad Cotterman (Walk.), 5-2; 125 - Devin Hewitt (Wil.) d. Ryan Brown (Lan.), 7-4; 135 - Shawn Smith (Sev. Park) d. Ryan Bowers (Wil.), 6-0; 171 - Chad Patterson Sher.) d. Colin Blair (Mid.), 7-2.

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