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Eight is enough - Williamsport wins region wrestling title

February 25, 2002|By AL DITZEL

CUMBERLAND, Md. - Williamsport shook off last week's second-place finish in the Washington County Tournament to win the Maryland Class 1A/2A West Region title Saturday at Fort Hill.

"This is our first," Williamsport coach Chuck Martin said. "We brought eight guys and eight are going to states."

The top four finishers in each weight class qualified for the state tournament next weekend at Western Maryland College in Westminster.

Williamsport also had two individual champions - Mike McGill and Matt Allen. North Hagerstown, which won the Washington County Tournament last week, finished fourth in the team standings, had two champs - Mike Wagner and Chris Joliet. South Hagerstown's Brandon Ashby and Middletown's Ryan McQuillen also won individual gold.

The area had finalists in each of the 13 weight classes and after the first three finals, it appeared the area was going to dominate the west.

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McGill, wrestling at 103 pounds, put Francis Scott Key's Josh Weishaar to his back three times before registering the pin at 1:41.

"I felt really prepared for this," McGill said. "The coaches have all been working for the states and the big matches."

Allen, at 189, defeated Catoctin's Derek Fogle for the third time this year. Allen scored six takedowns and a reversal en route to an 16-6 major decision.

North swept at 112 and 119 behind Wagner and Joliet.

Wagner scored his fourth win in as many tries over Brian Forsythe in the 112 final, this by his largest margin, 8-0. Joliet defeated Walkersville's Chad Cotterman for a third time this season, 5-2, at 119.

"Last year was my first on varsity," Wagner said. "I came in with a mindset of winning this tournament."

"These are the eight best kids in the region and, today, I was the best," Joliet said.

Ashby major decisioned Northern Garrett's Dan Ganoe 16-6 in the 135 final.

"I had a lot of fun out there today," Ashby said.

At 152, McQuillen took down North's Dustin McDonough in the first overtime period for an 8-6 win. McQuillen led by one point with only seconds left in the third period when he was whistled for his second stalling, forcing the bout into overtime.

"I can't believe (the official) called stalling," McQuillen said. "I was stalling, don't get me wrong. I just didn't think he'd call it with three seconds left."

McQuillen avenged a major decision loss to McDonough earlier this season.

"This was the one," McQuillen said. "I saw in the third period that he was pretty much out of gas. I'm not in the best shape either. I had to get that takedown to win. That was it."

The area also suffered some heartbreak. North's Steve Fravel led by seven points in his 130 final but got caught and pinned by FSK's Lee Crowl. Teammate Scott Greenwald also had a 2-0 lead and locked on a cradle, but Northern Garrett's Darric Kamp posted his arm, got the reversal and pinned for the 145 title.

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