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Third not bad at state tourney

March 04, 2002|BY AL DITZEL

WESTMINSTER, Md. - Talking to some of the area placewinners Saturday, it sounds more enjoyable to finish third rather than in second place in the state wrestling tournament Saturday.

North Hagerstown's Dustin McDonough lost in his 152-pound championship final while seniors Brandon Ashby of South Hagerstown, Mike Dietrich of Smithsburg and Ryan McQuillen of Middletown, juniors Steve Fravel of North and Derek Fogle of Catoctin and freshman Mike McGill of Williamsport finished third Saturday in the Maryland Class 1A/2A tournament.

- McDonough (29-6) could barely speak after his loss. He was dumbfounded as to how he got pinned by Kent County's Trey Kohl in 3:42.

"I don't know," a disappointed McDonough said. "I thought I was in control, too. I just got caught."

While polite and standup, McDonough just couldn't enjoy his second-place finish.

"Not yet," he said. "Maybe in a while."

- Ashby, who was favored to reach the 135 finals, still managed to say he was having fun after a major decision in his third-place bout.

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Ashby explained his 5-4 loss to Hereford's Dan Fouts.

"I just couldn't finished a shot (takedown attempt)," said Ashby, who finished at 34-2. "That's why I lost."

- Smithsburg 160-pounder Dietrich (31-3) was living up to some family history.

"My brother (Kris) finished second twice," said Dietrich, who beat Mardela's Stephen Garner, 9-3. "I just wanted to place. The last two years, I didn't even place."

- McGill (103) also rebounded from a heart-breaking semifinal loss to capture third. He was leading Eastern Tech's Chris Clark 12-1 entering the third period. Clark chose top and pinned McGill at 4:46.

"I posted my arm (while sitting back)," McGill said. "He grabbed my arm, worked it and got the win."

McGill (35-3) was near perfect in his two consolation bouts, winning 14-0 and 5-0.

"It's still great," McGill said. "I just thought I go do better. I looked at the draw and thought I could get to the finals."

Fravel, McQuillen and Fogle needed to go the long way. After losing on Friday, the three won four bouts each to finish third.

- Fravel, who may be moving out of the area soon, was especially appreciative.

"This might be my last match here," he said. "I'd rather have wrestled for first, but I think third is good for me right now."

Fravel (31-4) got some revenge in his third-place bout as he defeated Francis Scott Key's Lee Crowl, 5-3. Crowl defeated Fravel last week for the West Region title.

- McQuillen (32-2) also expressed a great of satisfaction.

"This is tremendous," McQuillen said. "I've only been wrestling two years. I was right there with (Kent County's Trey Kohl, the state champ)," said McQuillen, who lost a 9-4 decision to Kohl on Friday. "And I was 1-1 with (North Hagerstown's Dustin McDonough, the state runnerup).

"I wish I had one more year."

- Fogle (32-4) is the first placewinner in coach Mike Telemeco's career at Catoctin.

"I knew I'd do well, but I wasn't sure how well," Fogle, who took third at 189. "Nothing's sure until it's done."

Fogle's only losses this year are to Williamsport state champion Matt Allen (three times) and Kent County runnerup Joey Kirwan.

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