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Smithsburg shows progress on mat

January 25, 2002

Smithsburg shows progress on mat



By AL DITZEL

alfredd@herald-mail.com

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg and James Buchanan must focus on progress. While neither wrestling team is a power, both coaches pointed to improvement after the host Leopards posted a 42-18 win Thursday.

"We're in better shape and the younger guys are coming around," Smithsburg coach Joe Dietrich said. "We're also getting good leadership from the older wrestlers."

Nelson Velez (145 pounds) had a pin, Adam Roane (130) posted a technical fall, Mike Dietrich (160) won by a major decision and Smithsburg (4-4) collected four forfeits.

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Eric Corl (171) and David Bunker (135) had pins for James Buchanan (2-8).

"It went about as expected," James Buchanan coach Kevin Mello said. "We figured we'd win four of eight (bouts wrestled). I was really proud of our 160 pounder (B.J. Bookwalter), who doesn't have nearly as much experience as Dietrich."

The wrestled bouts were split 4-4. Jeff Sprecher (125) fought off a second-period reversal attempt to score a 5-0 win over Chad Witmer.

"Sprecher is a freshman, who is right on track," Dietrich said. "Nelson is a first-year junior is the biggest surprise of my 28-year career. He's killing people. And Roane, well he's super quick."

Roane, a junior, has progressed well this season, Dietrich said.

"He was giving me the guillotine every time," Roane, who rolled up a 16-1 win in 4:00, said. "So, I took it. I've been wrestling pretty well, but I have a tough one coming up."

Smithsburg hosts North Hagerstown on Saturday at 4 p.m. Roane will meet Steve Fravel, who is 18-1.

"We'll see how it goes," Roane (12-5) said. "Yeah, it's a measuring stick."

Smithsburg's 24-point winning margin was the same as the four forfeits.

"We usually will have 10," Mello said. "We have a couple of situations, but I think we'll have 10 most of the season."

103 - double forfeit; 112 - David McSherry (S) forfeit; 119 - Derek Quillen (S) forfeit; 125 - Jeff Sprecher (S) d. Chad Witmer, 5-0; 130 - Adam Roane (S) tf. Wesley Lynch, 16-0 (4:00); 135 - Dave Bunker (J) p. Matt Hudson, 1:27; 140 - Joe Fox (S) forfeit; 145 - Nelson Velez (S) p. T.J. Morris, 3:20; 152 - Tim Kent (J) d. Dane Fonte, 5-1; 160 - Mike Dietrich (S) md. B.J. Bookwalter, 10-1; 171 - Eric Corl (J) p. Jason Wade, 2:15; 189 - Ken Bauder (J) d. Tyler Hoffman, 14-12; 275 - Mike Ronebolt (S) forfeit.

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