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Early, over and out

January 04, 2002

Early, over and out



Losses in opening matches seal Waynesboro's fate

By AL DITZEL
alfredd@herald-mail.com


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro and Cedar Cliff wrestled until 9:45 p.m. Thursday, but the match was over much earlier.

Cedar Cliff (3-2) parlayed major decisions at 103 and 112 pounds into a 32-25 victory over Waynesboro (1-5) in a Mid Penn Colonial match.

"We lost at 103 and 112 and Nick Sanders didn't pin and that was the difference," Waynesboro first-year coach Aaron Taylor said. "We were hoping for wins at 103 and 112 and when we didn't get those, it was over. We were wrestling kids the same age and same amount of experience, so we thought we could there.

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"Not only didn't we win, we got majored. That killed us."

Waynesboro fell behind 12-0 before Nathan Geesaman pinned at 125. Geesaman, fresh from his tournament victory at Conestoga Valley, needed only 11 seconds of the second period for his pin.

"He's hot," Taylor said of Geesaman. "We won by technical fall in his first match in the tournament and then pinned the next three. He's now pinned four in a row."

With the deficit cut in half, Taylor decided to do some maneuvering. He bumped Brian Lisko away from Tim Haas.

"We figured we'd give up the six there," Taylor said. Haas is like the No. 1 ranked wrestler in his weight class. I thought we could bump Brian up and we'd do better.

"It's really asking a lot from Brian," Taylor said. "He weighs 127, wrestles 130 and then moved up to 135. He's a tough wrestler."

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Lisko posted a decision, then Eric Kelley, up to 140, and Derek Hook, up to 145, followed with decisions. Sanders, wrestling at 152, won 9-1, giving Waynesboro a 19-18 lead.

"We didn't get any pins," Taylor said. "I know it sounds simple, but we're not getting any pins and then we're getting pinned."

Sanders, who missed two weeks with a concussion, scored two takedowns in the final 15 seconds, including one with one second left, to record the major.

"Nick is a good wrestler, but we need pins from him," Taylor said. "When we lost at 103 and 112 and didn't get the pin from Nick, we were done."

Apparently, much of the crowd thought so as well, because they poured out of the gym.

"The fans here at Waynesboro are wrestling-smart," Taylor said. "They knew what was going on."

Cedar Cliff clinched the match with three straight wins, including Ben Kumler's technical fall at 189, making Jeb Keller's pin at 275 for Waynesboro an afterthought.

Cedar Cliff 32, No. 7 Waynesboro 25

103 - Josh Gallaher (C) md. Chip Stoner, 16-7; 112 - Hermin Karin (C) md. Pat Greenawalt, 12-3; 119 - Jared Royer (C) md. Adam Rook, 11-2; 125 - Nathan Geesaman (W) p. Jeff Hocker, 2:11; 130 - Tim Haas (C) p. Sean Broderson, :34; 135 - Brian Lisko (W) d. Rob Bozart, 8-6; 140 - Eric Kelley (W) d. Doug Burton, 5-0; 145 - Derek Hook (W) d. Shane Rapsey, 5-3; 152 - Nick Sanders (W) md. Nick Reed, 9-1; 160 - Todd Pontius (C) d. Matt Brinkman, 7-0; 171 - T.J. Morrison (C) p. Chad Lasley, 1:19; 189 - Ben Kumler (C) tf. Abe McKenzie, 3:18 (15-0); 275 - Jeb Keller (W) p. Quentin Mochan, 1:30.

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