County wrestlers take five at states

March 04, 2002|BY AL DITZEL

McDonough, Allen, Joliet, Ashby and McGill on to semis

WESTMINSTER, Md. - For the most part Friday, area wrestlers took a thumping in the Maryland state wrestling tournaments at Western Maryland College.

Starting the day with 29 participants, only North Hagerstown's Chris Joliet and Dustin McDonough, South Hagerstown's Brandon Ashby and Williamsport's Mike McGill and Matt Allen will compete in today's championship semifinals at noon.

McDonough is the lone area region runner-up to make it to the semifinals. Competing in the Class 1A/2A 152-pound division, McDonough scored two pins in nearly the same times, 3:45 in the first round and 3:43 in the quarterfinals.

"It's all in the moment," McDonough said. "Finally, I can get my name on the (North) wall."

The senior lost in last week's West region final in overtime to Middletown's Ryan McQuillen.

"I wasn't patient," McDonough said. "I'm much more patient now."

McDonough (28-5) will meet Joppatowne senior Phil Parrow (34-1) in today's semifinal.


Joliet (31-2) is possibly the hottest area wrestler left in the tournament. He's won 29 straight bouts - the last loss was against today's semifinal opponent, Wheaton's Francis Jeffry-Idun (30-3) in overtime. Joliet won by two decisions Friday, but spoke of his mistakes.

"This (quarterfinal) wasn't my best match," Joliet said. "I made a lot of mistakes. I made mistakes in my first match. I guess that says a lot when you don't wrestle well and win.

"I hope I can wrestle better in my semfinals, and then in the final, wrestle my best match."

Ashby (32-1) needed only 12 seconds of the second period to pin in his quarterfinal. Ashby will meet Hereford junior Dan Fouts (33-5) in today's semifinal.

"I'm having a good time," Ashby, a senior who had a 1-5 record in three previous tournaments, said. "I wanted to prove that I was better than what I had shown."

Ashby appears to be on a collision course with Owings Mills senior Chris Arnold (36-0) in the finals.

McGill (33-2), a freshman, is the lone area underclassmen in the semifinals. He scored a first-round technical fall and a quarterfinal pin en route to today's bout with Eastern Tech freshman Chris Clark (27-3).

"I wrestled (Clark) in an open tournament last year," McGill said. "I beat him, 7-2. It's more a mental thing now. I have to be into it."

Allen (27-0) scored two second-period pins to reach today's semifinal against Howard's Joe Sedilko (19-10). Allen appears to be on a collision course to the final with Kent County's Joey Kirwan (24-1), who Allen defeated last year in the state tournament.

Walkersville typified the area's day. The Lions had six in the tournament and all six, including state runner-up Dan Caywood, lost in the first round. Caywood's first-round opponent lost in the quarters, so the Walkersville sophomore is done for the season. Maryland does not offer complete wrestlebacks.

- Fifteen area wrestlers won their first bout, including North juniors Mike Wagner and Steve Fravel, who both suffered tough quarterfinal losses. Wagner led 6-2 with 15 seconds left in his quarterfinal when he was thrown to his back for an 7-6 loss. Fravel dropped a tight 4-3 decision.

Area wrestlers alive in today's 10 a.m. consolations are all quarterfinal losers plus South's Dan Drury (103) and Stephen Copeland (119), Williamsport's Cory Kuczynski (119) and Walkersville's Jimmy Francis (171) in 1A/2A.

All finals, championship, third-place and fifth-place, are scheduled for 5 p.m.

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