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Northern's loss is area teams' gain - wrestling notebook

February 01, 2002

Northern's loss is area teams' gain - wrestling notebook



Three area teams - North Hagerstown, Williamsport and Walkersville - may have received a bit of a break Thursday night. Northern Garrett lost to Fort Hill, 45-28.

What this means is that if all three area teams win this weekend, all should qualify for the MPSSAA 1A/2A West Regional, which is scheduled to begin next Wednesday, likely at Beall Jr./Sr. High School

Here's a quick schedule breakdown of the five teams - Beall, Williamsport, Walkersville, North and Northern Garrett - who could still qualify.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Beall finished its dual meeting season Thursday with a win over Keyser. Beall also beat Fort Hill on Wednesday to finish 13-1. With the best record, Beall likely will get to host the event.

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HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Williamsport (11-2), No. 1 in The Herald-Mail Top 10, hosts No. 8 Waynesboro in what will be a hotly contested match on Saturday.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> No. 3 Walkersville (9-2) has lost to Francis Scott Key, which handed Monocacy Valley Athletic League losses to North and South as well, earlier this season, this week and defeated No. 9 Middletown. Walkersville will travel to Linganore Saturday for a tri-match, including Urbana.

It should be noted that Urbana defeated Walkersville, 51-21, in the Catoctin Duals earlier this season. Walkersville had just completed a win over South in the morning and then took on a fresher Urbana team soon after. Also, the Duals included a 215-pound weight class.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> North (10-2) closes its regular season with Brunswick and Thomas Johnson at TJ on Saturday. The Hubs, ranked No. 4 in The Herald-Mail Top 10, are expected to sweep. North, if it qualifies, is boosted by the return of Matt Ranieli at 135 and Scott Greenwald at 145. Both seniors add some punch to an already-tough lineup.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Northern Garrett closed its regular season with a victory over Westmar on Wdnesday but the loss Thursday to Fort Hill leaves the Huskies at 11-3 and needing help.

The pairings for the tournament officially will be announced Sunday.

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HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> The times are set for the Washington County Tournament at Smithsburg on Feb. 15. Leopards coach Joe Dietrich said that the tournament will begin at 2 p.m. with finals at 5 p.m.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> In winning the Viking Smash Tournament last Saturday in Petersburg, W.Va., two Berkeley Springs wrestlers picked up career win No. 100. Brandon Clark hit the century mark while teammate Josh Clark scored wins Nos. 100 and 101. No, they are not brothers. In fact, research is being done to find out if they are related at all. Josh Clark is 101-9 on his career.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Hedgesville's Kevin Ballam is set to break the West Virginia record for wins. The senior, who competes at 112, broke the school record as the Eagles, No. 2, won the Cumberland Valley Althetic League title last Saturday. Ballam has 173 career wins and needs nine wins to tie the state record.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Mercersburg Academy will host the Mid-Atlantic Prep League tournament on Saturday. Featured in the event is the nation's No. 1-ranked team (according to Wrestling USA magazine) - Blair Academy of New Jersey, the two-time defending MAPL champions. Still, the Blue Storm should make some noise.

Mercersburg's unbeaten post graduate, Justin Capone (27-0), could face Kurt Backes of Blair, considered the top wrestler in the nation at his weight. Hill and Peddie will also participate.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Nathan Geesaman (21-3), Waynesboro's 125-pounder, broke the school record for consecutive pins (nine) earlier this season.

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

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