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'Cats escape to make duals

February 04, 2002

'Cats escape to make duals



By AL DITZEL
alfredd@herald-mail.com

No. 1 Williamsport 29
No. 8 Waynesboro 28

103 - Mike McGill (Wi) tf. Chip Stover, 16-1 (3:38); 112 - Brian Fosythe (Wi) d. Pat Greenwalt, 9-3; 119 - Nathan Geesaman (Wa) md. Cory Kuczynski, 11-2; 125 - Denin Hewitt (Wi) d. Adam Rook, 5-2; 130 - Brian Lisko (Wa) p. Spencer Peyton, :50; 135 - Eric Kelley (Wa) d. Corey Leggett, 5-3; 140 - Derek Hook (Wa) d. Ryan Bowers, 5-2; 145 - Travis Brown (Wi) d. Jason Baumgartner, 8-2; 152 - Nick Sanders (Wa) p. Ryan Hillegas, :51; 160 - Robbie Spigler (Wi) d. Matt Mohr, 2-1; 171 - Ethan Lord (Wi) p. Chad lasley, 4:35; 189 - Matt Allen (Wi) forfeit; 275 - Jeb Keller (Wa) forfeit.



WILLIAMSPORT - Williams-port coach Chuck Martin joked with sophomore Robbie Spigler Saturday.

"Have you ever had you name in headlines?" the coach said.

Spigler recorded a 2-1 win in the night's final bout, lifting No. 1 Williamsport over No. 8 Waynesboro 29-28 in an interstate match that had Maryland implications for the Wildcats.

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Williamsport (12-2), with the win, should qualify as the No. 3 seed in the Class 1A/2A West Regional, which is scheduled for Wednesday. The Wildcats may wrestle North Hagerstown then, but let's not jump too far ahead.

Saturday, Waynesboro's Nick Sanders pinned in the 152-pound bout to give the Indians a 28-26 lead. Then, Spigler took the mat.

"You wouldn't believe how many butterflies I had," Spigler said.

Spigler defeated Waynesboro's Matt Mohr, despite wrestling on the defensive much of the night. Mohr shot in several times on Spigler, but it was the Wildcat who scored the bout's only takedown.

Midway throught the first period, Mohr shot in on Spigler's legs. Spigler sprawled and, somehow, manuevered between Mohr's legs and out the backdoor for a takedown and a 2-0 lead.

The first period buzzer sounded and Spigler chose the neutral for the second period.

"I feel much more comfortable in neutral than I do in referee's position," Spigler said.

Mohr time and again shot in on Spigler's legs, only to have the takedown attempt thwarted. This went on for another two minutes bringing on the third period.

Mohr took the down position, but Spigler allowed a freestyle escape and, again, the match went into Mohr-shooting, Spigler-defending mode. Spigler hung on and Williamsport had the win.

"I had a lot of confidence in Spigler," Martin said.

The Williamsport coach opted to make some moves trying to get the matchups he wanted. Waynsboro countered with Nathan Geesaman dropping down to the 119 class. This all made for a tight match.

Ethan Lord gave Williamsport a 6-0 lead with a pin in the match's first bout at 171.

"We lost by one point to them last year and I thought it was important that I win and tell our home crowd that we were in this match," Lord said.

The teams traded forfeits, with Matt Allen accepting at 189 for Williamsport and Jeb Keller at 275 for Waynesboro.

Williamsport's strong lower weights then put distance between the two teams. Mike McGill scored a technical fall at 103 and Brian Forythe followed with a win at 112 for a 20-6 lead heading into the Geesaman-Cory Kuczynski bout.

"Geesaman's been beating good wrestlers all year," Waynesboro coach Aaron Taylor said. "I think (Geesaman) gassed a little toward the end of the match because he cut so much weight. But, that's the weight he'll go in (Pa. District 3)."

Geesaman locked on several vicious cradles and scored on four of them for an 11-2 major decision.

Devin Hewitt posted a methodical win over Adam Rook at 125 and Williamsport held a 23-10 lead.

Waynesboro responded. The Indians got a quick pin from Brian Lisko at 130 and then got decisions from Eric Kelley and Derek Hook to close the gap to 23-22.

"I told the kids we needed to win two matches between 119 and 140 and we really didn't do what I thought we should," Martin said.

"You have to give credit to their coach," Taylor said. "He made the move to bump those wrestlers up and that made the difference. It got them the bout they wanted at 145."

At 145, Williamsport captain Travis Brown secured an 8-2 decision giving the Wildcats a 26-22 lead. It didn't look like it would be enough after Sanders' pin, but Spigler made it stand.

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