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Wrestling Notes - 'Cats go for four in a row

January 18, 2002

Wrestling Notes - 'Cats go for four in a row



This weekend's Rebel Invitational could mean a clean sweep for Williamsport this season. Actually, dating back to last year's Rebel, Williamsport has won three straight regular-season tournaments - the school's only three wrestling tournament titles, excluding four Washington County titles.

No. 2 Williamsport has been the area's dominant team from Maryland, fresh off wins in the Hub Cup and Damascus Holiday.

The Wildcats are favored to win the Rebel as well, as the tournament begins at 5 p.m. today. The finals are set for 3 p.m. Saturday.

Leading Williamsport is its fine lightweights - Mike McGill (18-1 at 103 pounds, including the Outstanding Wrestler award at Hub Cup), Brian Forythe (18-2 at 112, including Hub Cup title), Cory Kuczynski (16-3 at 119), Devin Hewitt (13-4 at 125), Corey Leggett (14-4 at 130), Ryan Bowers (16-6 at 135), Travis Brown (12-4 at 140) - and upperweight stopper Matt Allen (11-0 at 189, including Hub Cup and Damascus titles).

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Allen won the Rebel Outstanding Wrestler award last year and is the favorite to repeat as champion. He could face an interesting challenge from Catoctin's Derek Fogle (19-0), who major deicisoned South's Sal Mauriello in the teams' dual meet.

Also, South's Brandon Ashby (18-1) must recover from his first loss of the season which came in the Hub Cup final. South features a solid set of wrestlers, including Terry Jones (15-5 at 130) and Nate Mose (15-4 at 171).

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> The area unbeaten list includes Allen, Fogle, Walkersville's Dan Caywood (22-0), Jon Moyet and Will Moyet, both 14-0, of St. James, and Mercersburg Academy's Justin Capone (23-0 at 189).

Capone, a two-time Virginia state placer, is a post graduate and has been a key cog for the Blue Storm, as they became the last area team to suffer a dual meet loss, losing in the Wilson Duals championship to Georgetown Prep last Saturday.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Francis Scott Key has been a thorn in the side of area teams - defeating North and South and losing a close decision to Williamsport - this season. FSK will travel to Middletown on Saturday for a 1 p.m. start. FSK hosts Walkersville, both teams with one MVAL loss, Jan. 28. Williamsport also has one league loss.

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

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