Lions pin Middletown, aim for regional

January 31, 2002

Lions pin Middletown, aim for regional


No. 3 Walkersville 46

No. 9 Middletown 15

105-Josh Work (W) p. Ryan Tice, 4:16; 114-Matt Maddox (M) p. Jake Eavey, 2:14; 121-Chad Cotterman (W) d. Mike Schlepp, 7-4; 127-Dan Caywood (W) p. Andy Johnson, :56; 132-Ed Asbil (W) md. Brian Pope, 10-0; 137-Don Crum (W) p. Mitch Houck, 3:37; 142-Mike Smith (W) p. Alex Stimic, 3:13; 147-Tim Mulford (W) by forfeit; 154-Andrew Nicklas (M) d. Zach McClain, 4-1; 162-Jason Tipaldos (M) md. Ryan King, 11-2; 173-Colin Blair (M) d. Jimmy Francis, 3-2; 191-Billy Burke (W) p. Gerrit Oakes, 4:50; 277-Jason Stambaugh (W) d. Andrew Fresnell, 5-1.

MIDDLETOWN, Md. - In one split second Wednesday night, Walkersville's Billy Burke reversed and pinned Middletown's Gerrit Oakes, changed the momentum of the match and kept the Lions in contention for regional duals.

Burke caught the less-experienced Oakes 50 seconds into the third period of their back-and-forth 191-pound bout. With the momentum turned their way, the No. 3 Lions got four other pins and a major decision for a 46-15 victory over the No. 9 Knights.


"We had to kick in some momentum, because once we get the momentum rolling, I don't think anyone can stop us," Burke said.

Middletown's Jason Tipaldos earned a major decision at 162 in the night's first bout, and Colin Blair's nailbiting 3-2 win over Jimmy Francis at 173 put the Knights up, 7-0.

Burke had a 6-4 lead on Oakes after two periods. He chose down to begin the third, increased the lead to 7-4 on an escape, but Oakes scored a takedown to close to 7-6.

Looking for a turn and a possible pin, Oakes made the only mistake Burke needed.

"He was a little too overconfident, and he got too far on top," Burke said. "I shifted my weight ... grabbed his head and rolled him through."

"We had a first year guy going against an experienced guy," Middletown coach Jim Schartner said. "He wrestled him tough, and he got in a situation he hasn't seen before."

The sudden fall gave new life to the Lions' bench. Jason Stambaugh scored a decision at 277, Josh Work pinned at 105 and, after Middletown's Matt Maddux pinned at 114, Walkersville won the next six matches.

Dan Caywood scored a 56-second pin at 127, while Don Crum (137) and Mike Smith (142) also pinned.

"It's a momentum team, and they they operate off it," Lions coach Bryan Biehl said. "Billy stopped their momentum, and we took it the rest of the way."

With the victory, Walkersville (10-2) stayed in contention for a spot in the 1A/2A regional duals.

"We have two losses now," Biehl said. "We can't lose anymore."


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