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Lions win modified Catoctin Duals title

December 09, 2002|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

THURMONT, Md. - The 10th annual Catoctin Duals turned into a one-day wrestling extravaganza for Walkersville as the Lions won the tournament title for the first time, racking up 296 team points in four winning matches and then defeating Springbrook, 61-6, in a special title match.

The tournament format was adjusted when Friday's opening-round was canceled, and when Edmondson also did not show up. Tourney officials switched to a team point-total format with each school wrestling four matches.

Springbrook was a distant second with 213 points in its four winning matches. South Hagerstown piled up 212 points winning its four matches and Brunswick was fourth with 199 points in its four wins.

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Following its match against Middletown, Walkersville coach Bryan Biehl challenged Springbrook to a concluding match and proceeded to romp past the Blue Devils in easy fashion.

"We have most of our team back from last year so we have experience," Biehl said. "This is a good start to the year. We train for the states. If anything, we need to improve on our focus and intensity."

South Hagerstown, under coach Bryan Brake, had a very good start to the season which include wins over Frederick, Linganore, Greencastle (Pa.) and an exciting 42-39 decision over Liberty.

At one juncture the Rebels were down, 33-12 and closed the gap to 39-24 and faced with the prospect of winning the last five matches to go unbeaten. They did just that when Stephen Copeland pinned Liberty's P. J. Graham at 1:13 in the 125-pound class.

"We were a little out of synch and had a few forfeits, but overall I'm excited by our performance," coach Bryan Brake said. "We have some youth with experience so this was a good early season test. Copeland (a state qualifier last year) is one of the best seniors and when he went out there we knew we could do this."

Derek Fogle of Catoctin was voted Most Outstanding Wrestler. He picked up four wins, three via pins.

Catoctin coach Mike Telemeco, having to make adjustments in scheduling, felt the tournament ran well.

"We were all set up and then the weather hurt," Telemaco said. "It was hectic at the beginning of the day, but it went off well."

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