Wildcats win another Rebel

January 20, 2003|by BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

Williamsport wrestling coach Chuck Martin felt that the best approach to take with his team was to tell them the honest truth.

Martin's wrestlers then went out and proved that the truth does, indeed, hurt.

The Wildcats crowned five individual champions in the 2003 Rebel Invitational to out-tough the field and win their third straight title, edging powerhouse Central Cambria, Pa.

"I told them the truth," Martin said. "We would need five champions to put us over the top. They did that and more. I certainly can't fault the effort."

Mike McGill started Williamsport on the way with a technical fall over South's Dan Drury at 114. McGill, a two-time state champion, left little doubt in scoring a 17-2 technical fall, but probably had to work the hardest for his win. Just seconds into the match, McGill sustained a bloody nose that took several time outs and even more wads of cotton to stop.


"Drury is a tough guy to wrestle," McGill said. "I worried about him and my nose plugs kept falling out. I was glad to get through it."

Brian Forsythe did his part at 121 with a 12-0 major decision over South's Adam Hockensmith. The Wildcats had won two pivotal matches, but they were about to get some help from an unlikely source.

Handley's Cal Lesnof pinned South's Terry Jones at 127 dealing the Rebels' hopes for a championship a serious blow.

Williamsport went on to win championships at 132 with Ryan Bowers, 137 with Corey Leggett and 147 with Devin Hewitt.

Liberty's Chris Devilbiss pinned Central Cambria's Craig Sheehan, and the Wildcats were able to sit back and watch.

"This is a great team win for us," Martin said. "We had several wrestlers perform at their best so far this season. To win a tournament with the three tough teams at the top here today takes a total effort.

"Our seniors stepped it up and our first-time wrestlers performed great."

Boonsboro crowned a champion at 105 in freshman Brett Nalley. In his first tournament, Nalley pinned his way into the finals and major decisioned Pepper Martin of Handley, 13-0.

"I feel good about this," Nalley said. "Coach said to come in here and win this thing would be a great start for me."

South had two champions, both impressive in the tournament and especially in the finals. Emons Rho won a major decision over Williamsport's Trenton Almeda, 16-4, while Clayton Swisher took the 217 class with a 14-5 major decision over TJ's Brendan Walmsley.

The outstanding wrestler of the tournament was Central Cambria's 162-pounder Brad Dugan.

Championship results

105 - Bret Nalley (Bo) md. Pepper Martin (H), 13-0; 114 - Mike McGill (W) tf. Dan Drury (SH), 17-2; 121- Brian Forsythe (W) md. Adam Hockensmith (SH), 12-0; 127 - Cal Lesnof (H) p. Terry Jones (SH), 1:51; 142 - Chris Devilbiss (L) p. Craig Sheehan (CC), :29; 132 - Ryan Bowers (W) d. Steve Copeland (SH), 8-4; 137 - Corey Leggett (W) p. Trey Coates (Br), 1:14; 147 - Devin Hewitt (W) d. Steve Fagan (CC), 15-8; 154 - Emons Rho (SH) md. Trenton Almeda (W), 16-4; 162 - Brad Dugan (CC) p. Chad Stocks (Br), 1:28; 173 - Tim Lebeck (H) p. Pat Curry (Br), 1:14; 191 - Mark Esmont (TJ) pinned Bill Spradbrow (L), 3:32; 217 - Clayton Swisher (SH) md. Brendan Walmsley (TJ), 14-5; 277 - Nate Morris (CC) p. Ryan Scott (BB), :27.

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