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Prep wrestling notes - Eagles' Lord chases more mat glory

December 27, 2002|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

Give Danny Lord the bodies and he'll leave them piled up in his wake.

That's been story of the Hedgesville senior's varsity career.

Lord, the defending West Virginia Class AAA state champ at 145 pounds, has a career mark of 162-11.

It seems his biggest remaining challenge on the prep circuit may been finding 38 more matches to gain membership into the exclusive 200-win fraternity.

Eagles coach Bill Whittington knows it will be a difficult club for his star to join.

"He needs 40 more matches with the chance of losing two," said Whittington, whose squad is currently competing at the Wheeling Park Domino Duals. "It's going to be tough. He always gets byes, so he loses a couple there."

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That's about the only way Lord loses. As a sophomore, he went 47-4 and was the state runner-up at 140. Last year, he went 51-2 en route to the 145 crown. This season, he's off to a 13-0 start, including the 152 championship at the prestigious Max Horz Invitational at Berkeley Springs.

"He's certainly tough to beat," said Whittington. "He's as good as any 152-pounder in the state of West Virginia. ... He's having a good time."

The rest of the Eagles have been on a bit of a pleasure ride as well this season. Hedgesville is off to an 8-1 mark in duals, ranked No. 2 in The Herald-Mail poll, was the highest-placing West Virginia team at Max Horz with its fourth-place finish, and just last weekend cracked the state's AAA top-10 poll at No. 6 - behind Parkersburg, Parkersburg South, Brooke, East Fairmount and Ripley and ahead of Nitro, Huntingdon, John Marshall and North Marion.

Eagles Joe Shetler (103), Jeremy Bryant (135), Dustin Foltz (140), Troy Foltz (145), Derrick Young (160), Brad Ammons (171), Mike McKinney (189) and Josh Jones (275) all join Lord with winning records on the year.

In Class AA-A West Virginia rankings, Berkeley Springs is listed at No. 9 - behind Oak Glen, Williamstown, Calhoun County, Point Pleasant, Cameron, Roane County and Greenbrier West and ahead of Braxton County, Herbert Hoover, Independence and Shady Spring, who all share the 10th slot.

The Indians have been led by Josh Clark, who's 13-0 at 189, and Brandon Clark (119) and Matt Mason (160), who are each 10-2.

Believe it or not, basketball isn't the only holiday game in town this weekend.

While several area wrestling teams are hitting the road to find mat action, Smithsburg is hosting the 13th annual Leopard Holiday Invitational on Saturday.

Joining the hosts are Brunswick, Catoctin, Albert Einstein, Rising Sun, Springbrook, Westmar, Milford Mill Academy and Northeast.

First-round action begins at 10 a.m., and the finals should begin around 5 p.m.

There are always bigger fish ... sometimes sharks.

No. 7 Waynesboro ran into a killer whale Saturday against Mid-Penn Colonial Division foe Cumberland Valley. Fresh off a 38-31 win over Chambersburg, which was then nipped 39-36 by No. 6 Williamsport, Waynesboro was mowed down 64-3 at CV.

Nathan Geesaman, who scored a 6-4 decision at 130, was the Indians' only winner. Even Brian Lisko, who punched in a Mid-Penn tourney title on Dec. 14, couldn't buy a win at 140. Lisko (9-2) fell 3-1 to CV's Erik Goodling, who avenged his 5-1 semifinal loss to the Indian standout at Mid-Penns.

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