Wildcats' grapplers top Warriors, Rebels

January 21, 2003|by ANDREW MASON

"This is like watching a preliminary to Frazier-Ali."

That's how one South Hagerstown wrestling fan put it on Monday night as the host Rebels were in the process of clobbering Boonsboro, 66-18.

Williamsport then took its turn with the Warriors, coming away with a 69-9 victory to set the stage for the tri-meet's main event - the No. 5 Wildcats vs. No. 7 South in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League showdown.

However, much of the suspense was taken away after the nightcap's first bout at 103 pounds - when Williamsport freshman Jabari Emanuel pinned South's J.C. Walling in the second period.


At least that's how Wildcats coach Chuck Martin saw it.

"South's got a good team, and I knew there were some key matchups we had to win, especially at 103," said Martin. "After we started out with that pin, I was pretty confident.

"That's the best (Emanuel) wrestled all year. Starting off with those six points was huge."

Williamsport never trailed, winning seven of the next 13 bouts, including six more by pin, on the way to a 45-31 victory.

"I knew it was a good win," said Emanuel, a first-year wrestler, of his first MVAL win. "Coach told me to just go out there and stick him."

Apparently several of the Wildcats got similar advice. Mike McGill extended the lead to 12-0, pinning Dan Drury in the second period at 112.

Four bouts later - with Williamsport holding onto a 15-7 advantage - Wildcat Corey Leggett opened the flood gates, scoring a 37-second fall over Roger Kline to make it 21-6.

Corey Kuczynkski kept the visitors' surge going with a first-period fall at 140, before teammate Trenton Almeda pinned Carl Miller in a wild 145 skirmish.

Almeda, who trailed 5-3 at the end of the first period, scored 14 of the next 15 points before sticking Miller in the final moments for a comfortable 33-7 Williamsport lead.

"(Almeda) sort of wrestled sloppy and got out of position, but he kept fighting and came out of it," said Martin. "We made some mistakes, but we came back and made some crucial pins."

Williamsport's next pin was maybe its most crucial. And there wasn't an ounce of comeback in it, as Devin Hewitt registered a 22-second fall at 152 to give the Wildcats an insurmountable 39-7 lead with just five bouts remaining.

And maybe most importantly to the Wildcats (5-4, 3-3) - which started the night 3-4 - it put them back on the right track for their 10th straight winning season.

"For the team, it was really big," said Hewitt. "We got back to a winning record."

Robbie Spigler rounded out Williamsport's scoring with a win by fall at 171.

South (8-4-1, 4-4) finished strong with first-period pins from Emens Rho at 160, Eric McPherson at 189 and James Price at 275, while Clayton Swisher won by forfeit at 215. And in a rematch of Saturday's Rebel Invitational final at 130, South's Stephen Copeland avenged his loss to Ryan Bowers with a 10-8 decision.

"Copeland beat Bowers at 130. That was big," said Rebels coach Brian Brake. "But it came down to the little things. We tried to get through their better kids without getting pinned, but that didn't happen.

"Certainly, it was an exciting South-Williamsport wrestling match, coming down to every little point. Unfortunately, we didn't get them."

For Boonsboro (0-5, 0-3), which forfeited eight bouts in each match, freshman Brett Nalley went 2-0 at 103 with a pair of pins.

South 66, Boonsboro 18

103 - Nalley (B) p. Walling, 3:25; 112 - Drury (S) forfeit; 119 - Hockensmith (S) forfeit; 125 - Jones (S) forfeit; 130 - Copeland (S) forfeit; 135 - Kline (S) forfeit; 140 - O'Brien (S) forfeit; 145 - Wood (B) p. Bandeff, 5:02; 152 - Miller (S) p. Sumpter, :26; 160 - Blankney (S) p. Stipanovic, 1:39; 171 - D. Harmon (B) p. Myers, 3:55; 189 - McPherson (S) forfeit; 215 - Swisher (S) forfeit; 275 - Price (S) p. I. Harmon, 1:02.

Williamsport 69, Boonsboro 9

103 - Nalley (B) p. Emanuel, 1:17; 112 - McGill (W) forfeit; 119 - Forsythe (W) forfeit; 125 - Short (W) forfeit; 130 - Bowers (W) forfeit; 135 - Leggett (W) forfeit; 140 - Kuczynski (W) forfeit; 145 - Hewitt (W) p. Wood, 1:33; 152 - Almeda (W) p. Sumpter, :40; 160 - Stipanour (B) d. Holland, 5-2; 171 - Spigler (W) d. D. Harmon, 51-9; 189 - Larrazabol (W) forfeit; 215 - Shawley (W) forfeit; 275 - Wallech (W) p. I. Harmom, 2:21.

Williamsport 45, South 31

103 - Emanuel (W) p. Walling, 3:08; 112 - McGill (W) p. Drury, 3:26; 119 - Forsythe (W) d. Hockensmith, 6-1; 125 - Jones (S) m.d. Short, 12-2; 130 - Copeland (S) d. Bowers, 10-8; 135 - Leggett (W) p. Kline, :37; 140 - Kuczynski (W) p. O'Brien, 1:25; 145 - Almeda (W) p. Miller, 5:46; 152 - Hewitt (W) p. Bandeff, :22; 160 - Rho (S) p. Holland, 1:16; 171 - Spigler (W) p. Myers, 2:45; 189 - McPherson (S) p. Larrazabol, :55; 215 - Swisher (S) forfeit; 275 - Price (S) p. Wallech, :40.

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