'Cats roll early, survive for win

December 23, 2002|by ANDREW MASON

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Williamsport wrestling team's opening bang was just a tad bit louder than Chambersburg's closing boom.

The difference may have been barely audible on the mat, but it was clearly visible on the scoreboard at Chambersburg Area Senior High School Saturday afternoon.

The Wildcats (3-2) jumped out to a 39-3 lead after eight bouts and then held off a furious late charge by the Trojans (0-4) to prevail, 39-36.

"It couldn't have started at a worse place for us because of their momentum," said Chambersburg coach Doug Rine. "All their studs are from 119 to 152."


Aside from Trojan Caleb Davis' 7-6 decision over Ryan Bowers at 135 pounds, Williamsport ran the show from 119 - where the match began - to 152, running up a 36-3 advantage in the span.

Mike McGill ignited the visitors' surge with a third-period pin at 119, and Trenton Almeda punctuated it with another third-period fall at 152. In between, Wildcats Jeff Short (125), Cory Kuczynski (130), Corey Leggett (140) and Devin Hewitt (145) all registered pins.

"Coach (Chuck Martin) told the middleweights that he needed to get a lot out of us because they were loaded in the heavier weights," said Hewitt, who managed to turn his 12-0 lead into a fall, catching Chris McLaughlin in a cradle in the final minute.

"He said, 'We don't want five, we want six,' before the third period," said Hewitt. "He figured I could get the tech fall, but we needed the pin."

While it may have seemed insignificant at the time with Williamsport running up the score, every last point proved crucial in the end.

The Wildcats rounded out their winning tally at 160, as Justin Holland overcame a 5-2 second-period deficit to post a 10-5 decision on Travis Schoenberger for a 39-3 Williamsport lead. And Robbie Spigler, who dropped a 7-3 decision to Trojan Dan Stoner at 171, clinched the victory by avoiding the fall.

"When Holland won, that pretty much sealed it for us. That and Spigler not getting pinned," said Martin. "We knew we had to get a 25-point lead going into the 189-pound match."

Actually, the Wildcats needed nearly every last bit of their 33-point margin going into the 189 bout, because Chambersburg finished with five straight six-point wins, none of them close.

Trojans David Lopez (189), Bryan Crist (215), Travis Harbaugh (275) and Ryan Wetzel (103) needed less than three minutes combined to pin their opponents, before Justin Smith (112) ended the day with a win by forfeit.

"We're OK up there," said Rine of his heavyweights. "Crist (who's 8-0 and fresh off a Mid-Penn tourney title) is tough at 215 and bringing those kids along."

"I've got great kids. We just have to make a step to the next level," he said. "We need to not go to our backs so easy. We're giving up too many pins in matches that we're in."

Williamsport 39, Chambersburg 36

119 - McGill (W) p. Rowland, 5:32; 125 - Short (W) p. Rosenberry, 3:20; 130 - Kuczynski (W) p. Cole, 4:10; 135 - Davis (C) d. Bowers, 7-6; 140 - Leggett (W) p. Baker, :42; 145 - Hewitt (W) p. McLaughlin, 5:18; 152 - Almeda (W) p. Brechbill, 5:13; 160 - Holland (W) d. Schoenberger, 10-5; 171 - Stoner (C) d. Spigler, 7-3; 189 - Lopez (C) p. Larranzabal, :38; 215 - Crist (C) p. Shawley, 1:23; 275 - Harbaugh (C) p. Wallech, :33; 103 - Wetzel (C) p. Emanuel, :23; 112 - Smith (C) by forfeit.

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