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Wrestling Notes - Hub Cup starting it all off

January 11, 2002

Wrestling Notes - Hub Cup starting it all off



Some could look at The Hub Cup at North Hagerstown as a stepping stone to state success. Last year, three wrestlers parlayed Hub Cup titles into state championships, while four others who won gold at Hub Cup and finished second in their state tournament.

The Hub Cup, which begins today at 5 p.m., features 16 schools, including North, South, Williamsport, Frederick, Thomas Johnson, Middletown and Walkersville from the area.

The other participants are Magruder, Rockville, Linganore, Westminster, Northwest, Paint Branch, Damascus, Gaithersburg and Walt Whitman.

This is the tournament in which Matt Allen of Williamsport upset two wrestlers ranked by the Maryland State Wrestling Association en route to Hub Cup gold and a second-place finish in the states.

Allen, 7-0 this year, is the top seed at 191 pounds (two-pound allowance).

Also top-seeded from the area: Cory Kuczynski (13-1) of Williamsport at 121, Dan Caywood (16-0) of Walkersville at 127, Steve Fravel (13-1) of North at 132, Brandon Ashby (16-0) of South at 137 and Ryan McQuillen (17-1) of Middletown at 154. Mark Esmont (12-0) of Thomas Johnson is the second seed at 173 behind Chris Miller (12-0) of Paint Branch, who finished second in Class 3A/4A last year.

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The tourney is seeded first by winning percentage for wrestlers with seven or more bouts, then by total wins. Obviously, the seeding process isn't perfect, with 114 being a prime example. Brian Forsythe (14-2) of Williamsport is the No. 1 seed with Mike Wagner (13-2) of North seeded second, despite Wagner holding a one-point win over Forsythe this year and a 4-0 lead in the series, counting last year's matches.

The semifinals are at 10 a.m. Saturday with the finals scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

2002 Hub Cup Top Seeds


105 - 1. Tim Miller (Linganore) 15-1; 2. Mike McGill (Williamsport) 14-1; 3. T.J. Lefeged (Northwest) 12-1; 4. Justin Hughes (Westminster) 13-2.

114 - Brian Forsythe (Williamsport) 14-2; 2. Mike Wagner (North) 13-2; 3. Eric Duvall (Damascus) 12-3; 4. Josh Corkman (Westminster) 8-2.

121 - 1. Cory Kuczynski (Williamsport) 13-1; 2. Chris Joliet (North) 13-2; 3. Ronnie Young (Paint Branch) 10-2; 4. Chad Cotterman (Walkersville) 14-3.

127 - 1. Dan Caywood (Walkersville) 16-0; 2. Devin Hewitt (Williamsport) 11-3; 3. Ben Saylor (Middletown) 13-4; 4. Drew Carey (Walt Whitman) 7-3.

132 - 1. Steve Fravel (North) 13-1; 2. Terry Jones (South) 13-3; 3. Ed Asbill (Walkersville) 14-4; 4. Ryan Hughes (Damascus) 10-5.

137 - 1. Brandon Ashby (South) 16-0; 2. Jason Brown (Westminster) 14-1; 3. Caleb Seufert (Northwest) 12-1; 4. Chad Ellis (Gaithersburg) 12-2.

142 - 1. Steven Wyne (Damascus) 14-1; 2. Derrick Miller (Paint Branch) 12-1; 3. Travis Brown (Williamsport) 9-3; 4. Matt Brown (Magruder) 11-6.

147 - 1. Travis Mohlhenrich (Westminster) 14-1; 2. Chris Booker (Paint Branch) 6-1; 3. Scott Greenwald (North) 12-3; 4. Tim Mulford (Walkersville) 9-3.

154 - 1. Ryan McQuillen (Middletown) 17-1; 2. Bill Smith (Paint Branch) 12-1; 3. Emens Rho (South) 11-5; 4. Pat Bonsignore (Walt Whitman) 6-4.

162 - 1. Nick Burger (Westminster) 14-1; 2. Elbert Williams (Northwest) 12-1; 3. Kyle Richards (Paint Branch) 11-1; 4. Dustin McDonough (North) 14-2.

173 - 1. Chris Miller (Paint Branch) 12-0; 2. Mark Esmont (Thomas Johnson) 12-0; 3. Patrick Haddon (Rockville) 9-1; 4. Nathan Mose (South) 14-2.

191 - 1. Matt Allen (Williamsport) 7-0; 2. Bummi Omatoad (Paint Branch) 9-2; 3 or 4. Allen Thomas (Rockville) 10-3 or P.J. Havenstein (Walt Whitman) 10-3.

217 - Craig Lawrence (Paint Branch) 10-3; 2. Dave Smith (Frederick) 9-3; 3. Clayton Swisher (South) 11-4; 4. Gabe Mailer (Magruder) 11-5.

277 - 1. Danny Lopez (Northwest) 12-2; 2. Dan Ellis (Thomas Johnson) 10-2; 3. Jason Stambaugh (Walkersville) 14-4; 4. Radek Zaniewski (Paint Branch) 5-2.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> North's David Broadwater (9-3) had an emergency appendectomy Wednesday and his return is in question - at best. He got through the surgery OK but North coach Greg Slick said he will wait-and-see if he can wrestle again this season.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> You've seen 'That 70's Show' and 'That 80's Show,' but Williams-port is going back a little more. Against Brunswick on Jan. 26, the Wildcats will wear singlets dating as far back as the 1960s - a throwback event scheduled for 5 p.m.

This week's notebook was compiled by staff writer Al Ditzel. He may be reached at alfredd@herald-mail.com or 301-733-5131 ext. 7520.

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