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Williamsport avoids sweep

December 19, 2002|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT - Once Francis Scott Key finally cleared out of the gymnasium Wednesday night, the Williamsport and Jefferson wrestling teams could finally start thinking about a win.

FSK beat Williamsport 42-30 in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League matchup and then Jefferson 51-24, leaving the Wildcats and Cougars searching for an answer in the tri-meet's nightcap.

Both benches on their feet and the bleachers rocking, Williamsport found it in freshman 215-pounder Rob Shawley. The young Wildcat broke a 36-36 deadlock in the evening's final bout at 215, posting an 8-2 decision over Jefferson's Chris McDowell to give the hosts a 39-36 victory.

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"I was just fired up to get out there and beat the kid like I knew I could," said Shawley, who sealed the deal with a reversal and nearfall in the third period. "I just had to stick it out and eventually I'd get him."

The late heroics saved the Wildcats (2-2, 1-2 MVAL) from their worst nightmare - an 0-2 showing on their own mat.

"That would've killed us," said Williamsport coach Chuck Martin. "But the kids came back, stepped it up and showed some character. It was a big win."

Several Wildcats had big wins in the victory. Mike McGill, Jeff Short and Cory Kuczynski ran the table from 119 to 130 with three consecutive pins to put their team up, 24-12. And after Jefferson rebounded with four straight wins - sparked by Darrel Dorsey's come-from-behind 12-10 overtime decision over Ryan Bowers at 135 - Williamsport's Trenton Almeda knotted it up at 30-30 with a win by fall at 160.

Jefferson's Joe Harrison at 171 and Williamsport's Robbie Spigler at 189 then both got pins to set the stage for Shawley, who finally gave Martin a break he's been looking for.

"We haven't been getting too many breaks in the first few matches," said Martin. "But once we start getting them and cutting down on mistakes, I think we'll be all right."

Somewhat lost in the shuffle was the night's feature bout, pitting Williamsport senior Corey Leggett - a two-time Maryland state place winner - against Jefferson junior Codie Gustines - a West Virginia state silver medalist last year - at 140.

Gustines jumped out to a 4-1 first-period lead with a takedown and pair of back points, extended it to 6-1 in the second with another nearfall and then held off a late charge by Leggett, who scored a third-period takedown, to prevail, 6-3.

"I was looking forward to coming here and wrestling him," said Gustines, who needed only 28 seconds to put away his FSK opponent earlier in the night. "I knew it was going to be a good match. It'll help in the long run to get me prepared for states."

Jefferson fell to 0-2 while FSK remained unbeaten at 3-0 (2-0 MVAL).

"We have a real nice mix of veteran leadership and young potential," said FSK coach Bill Hyson. "We don't have any star wrestlers, but we're solid from top to bottom."




FSK 42, Williamsport 30

275 - Stambaugh (FSK) p. Wallech, :13; 103 - Forney (FSK) p. Emanuel, :57; 112 - Gill (FSK) forfeit; 119 - McGill (W) forfeit; 125 - Short (W) p. Weishaar, 5:14; 130 - Kuczynski (W) p. Poole, :38; 135 - Kellemen (FSK) d. Bowers, 5-2; 140 - Leggett (W) p. Barber, :52; 145 - Crowl (FSK) d. Hewitt, 9-8; 152 - Almeda (W) d. St. Germain, 9-4; 160 - Rindt (FSK) forfeit; 171 - Morris (FSK) p. Holland, 4:30; 189 - Spigler (W) d. Lyter, 6-4; 215 - Rush (F) p. Shawley, :37.

FSK 51, Jefferson 24

275 - Stambaugh (FSK) p. Blue, 1:55; 103 - Forney (FSK) forfeit; 112 - Gill (FSK) p. Chapman, 1:42; 119 - Weishaar (FSK) p. Carrell, 4:36; 125 - Smith (J) forfeit; 130 - Poole (FSK) p. Shiley, 1:52; 135 - Dorsey (J) d. Kellemen, 8-5; 140 - Codie Gustines (J) p. Barber, :28; 145 - Hawes (J) d. Crowl, 12-10, OT; 152 - Corie Gustines (J) p. St. Germain, 1:30; 160 - Rindt (FSK) p. Nelson, 3:16; 171 - Morris (FSK) d. Harrison, 5-0; 189 - Lyter (FSK) p. Savage, 1:00; 215 - Rush (F) p. McDowell, 2:35.

Williamsport 39, Jefferson 36

275 - Blue (J) p. Wallech, 1:20; 103 - Nally (W) forfeit; 112 - Champman (J) p. Emanuel, 1:17; 119 - McGill (W) p. Carrell, :43; 125 - Short (W) p. Smith, 4:41; 130 - Kuczynski (W) p. Shiley, 1:16; 135 - Dorsey (J) d. Bowers, 12-10, OT; 140 - Codie Gustines (J) d. Leggett, 6-3; 145 - Hawes (J) forfeit; 152 - Corie Gustines (J) forfeit; 160 - Almeda (W) p. Nelson, 1:40; 171 - Harrison (J) p. Holland, 5:18; 189 - Spigler (W) p. Savage, 1:39; 215 - Shawley (W) d. McDowell, 8-2.

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