Lions roar past Hubs

December 18, 2002|by ANDREW MASON

Trailing North Hagerstown 21-9 after seven matches Tuesday night, the visiting Walkersville wrestling team didn't seem overly concerned.

The Lions knew who they had left on their bench in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League showdown.

Walkersville won five of the next six bouts, from 135 to 171 pounds, to take the match 38-30 and remain unbeaten on the season at 8-0 (3-0 MVAL).

"We're solid there. We're not losing there," said Lions coach Bryan Biehl of his middleweights. "It was getting a little shaky ... but I knew what we had coming."

Zach McLain sparked the Walkersville run at 135, building a 9-0 lead on Matt Stowell before scoring a second-period pin to cut the Hubs' lead to 21-15.


"I knew I had to go out and get a win at least, and I pinned him," said McLain. "You pin to win. That's what it is."

That's what it was.

Jimmy Francis sealed the deal with a pin at 171, nailing Andrew Widmeyer to the mat with three seconds left in the opening period to give Walkersville an insurmountable 38-24 lead with just one bout remaining.

"That was a real intense match. I was ready," said Francis. "It mattered a lot."

In between, Lion Ben Gould knotted the score at 21-21 with a second-period fall at 140, and Dan Caywood put Walkersville up for good at 145 with a 17-0 tech fall. After North cut its deficit to 26-24 on Dean Staley's come-from-behind 4-3 decision over Tim Mulford at 152, freshman Brad Nielson responded for the Lions by pinning Devin Baer late in the second period at 160.

"Pin to win," said Biehl. "That's what I tell them."

And that's what proved to be the difference as each team won seven bouts.

North (4-3, 2-1 MVAL) went up 6-0 early, as Mitch Wolters pinned Chris Stouter at 215 in the match's first - and wildest - grapple. Down and just about out early in the first period, Wolters arched his back, rolled out of the nearfall and immediately stuck Stouter.

"Wasn't that neat?" said Hubs coach Greg Slick. "He rolled it and gave us confidence."

"When you have big matches like this that are close," Slick said, "pins make the difference. And not just point-wise but emotionally."

After Walkersville went ahead 9-6 with a win by forfeit at 275 and Gleason Sweney's 6-4 overtime decision at 103, North ripped off four straight wins. Hubs David Broadwater at 112, Chad Winger at 119 and Mike Wagner at 125 all scored decisions, before Chris Bumbaugh gave North its biggest lead of the night at 21-9 with a third-period fall at 130.

But the Hubs' effort wasn't quite enough.

"It's tough this year with 14 weight classes," Slick said, "because seven or eight strong wrestlers won't do it for you."

North's Steve Feight rounded out the evening's scoring with a fall at 189.

Walkersville 38, North 30

215 - Wolters (N) p. Stouter (W) 1:18; 275 - Stanbaugh (W) win by forfeit; 103 - Sweney (W) d. Smith (N) 6-4, OT; 112 - Broadwater (N) d. Work (W) 5-0; 119 - Winger (N) d. Eavey (W) 9-2; 125 - Wagner (N) d. Cotterman (W) 4-2; 130 - Bumbaugh (N) p. Paris (W) 4:23; 135 - McLain (W) p. Stowell (N) 2:44; 140 - Gould (W) p. Breehl (N) 3:39; 145 - Caywood (W) tf. Evans (N) 17-0; 152 - Staley (N) d. Mulford (W) 4-3; 160 - Nielson (W) p. Baer (N) 3:47; 171 - Francis (W) p. Widmeyer (N) 1:57; 189 - Feight (N) p. Aguilar (W) 3:17.

JV - Walkersville, 34-24.

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