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North tops South

January 06, 2003|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

As happy as North Hagerstown wrestling coach Greg Slick was about the Hubs' 37-25 Monocacy Valley Athletic League win over rival South Hagerstown Saturday night, he seemed even more excited about going home and hitting the bed after all was said and done.

"There were a lot of emotions on both sides. I'm just spent," said Slick, whose squad hasn't lost to South since 1992. "North-South is such a rivalry."

That was clearly evident all evening, right down to the wire.

"No matter what happens in the season, if you beat South it makes it all that much better," said Hubs senior Mike Wagner, who clinched North's victory with a 13-4 major decision over Terry Jones in the evening's next-to-last bout at 125 pounds. "It's huge. Everyone stepped up."

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With North (7-3, 4-1 MVAL) holding a 33-21 lead after 12 bouts, all Wagner had to do was not get pinned to seal the deal. Of course, he had bigger hopes than just that.

"I still wanted to go out and wrestle a good match. Any time I step out there I'm excited, but especially for South," said Wagner (11-1). "We knew they were going to be tough, but we knew we had the fire power to overcome their strength."

North caught fire early, overcoming a 6-3 deficit with five straight wins - three by pin - from 145 to 189 to take a commanding 27-6 advantage.

Tim Evans sparked the surge with a gutsy performance at 145, building a 21-11 lead - after trailing 4-1 early - before pinning Carl Miller 40 seconds into the third period.

"He came out strong, but I wore him down," said Evans. "I felt it was pretty crucial for the team. If I got a pin, it would give everybody boost."

North's Dean Staley followed at 152 with a hard-fought 2-0 decision over Emens Rho, who lost for only the second time all season. Hubs Devin Baer (160) and Andrew Widmeyer (171) then ripped off back-to-back pins, before Stephen Feight capped the rush with a 7-3 decision over Eric McPherson at 171.

South (7-2-1, 3-2) finally answered with a win by fall from Clayton Swisher (10-0) at 215 and a win by decision from James Price at 275 to cut the deficit to 27-15. But North's Pat Smith turned the tide again at 103, giving the Hubs all the points they would need with a quick pin at 103.

"There was a lot of heat. It was very competitive," said South coach Brian Brake. "That's the excitement of wrestling.

"We hung tough and hung in there. We're just going to go back to the practice room and come back again."

North 37, South 25

135 - Schuler (N) d. Kline, 8-4; 140 - O'Brien (S) p. Breehl, :25; 145 - Evans (N) p. Miller, 4:40; 152 - Staley (N) d. Rho, 2-0; 160 - Baer (N) p. West, 2:31; 171 - Widmeyer (N) p. Myers, 5:28; 189 - Feight (N) d. McPherson, 7-3; 215 - Swisher (S) p. Wolters, 2:30; 275 - Price (S) d. Fox, 8-1; 103 - Smith (N) p. Walling, 1:11; 112 - Drury (S) d. Broadwater, 4-0; 119 - Hockensmith (S) d. Winger, 6-2; 125 - Wagner (N) m.d. Jones, 13-4; 130 - Copeland (S) m.d. Bumbaugh, 12-4.

JV - North, 48-24.

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