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Saints beat odds for conference title

Saints beat odds for conference title

February 14, 2003|by ANDREW MASON

When St. James coach Daryl Hayes talks about the Mid Atlantic Conference, it seems the odds are stacked against the Saints.

But overcoming them hasn't been a problem this season.

St. James - the smallest school in the MAC, the only one without a middle-school feeder program and the conference's only boarding school, which eliminates practicing during breaks - clinched the MAC duals title Wednesday with a 49-10 win over Maret in its final dual meet of the year.

The Saints (19-4-1, 5-0), who also won the MAC Tournament earlier this season, are currently on a nine-match conference win streak after closing the season with their first perfect mark.


Hard to believe that up until six years ago St. James had never won a single MAC match.

Twelve Saints have winning records, highlighted by 30-bout winners Troy Townsend (31-7) at 140 pounds and Tim Berger (30-6) at 189.

Bulldogs host hot quad

Want to catch a glimpse of some of the Eastern Panhandle's top matmen in one gym before states?

Then consider hitting Martinsburg today, as the Bulldogs host Jefferson, Berkeley Springs and Buckhannon-Upshur in a quad-meet at 6 p.m.

Eleven of the 14 weight classes feature state-ranked wrestlers, with several feature bouts.

At 119, Jefferson's Jon Smith (AAA No. 5) will try to avenge his JIT title-bout loss to Martinsburg's Robert Conner. At 125, Martinsburg's Chris Conner (AAA No. 4) battles Buckhannon-Upshur's Quill Ward (AAA No. 6). At 130, Jefferson's Darrell Dorsey (AAA No. 4) will be looking for some redemption against Bulldog Dane Henry (AAA No. 6), who edged Dorsey at CVALs.

Class powers collide at 140, where Cougar Codie Gustines (AAA No. 2) will face Berkeley Springs' Chris Moore (AA No. 4). And at 275, Martinsburg's Ryan Bird (AAA No. 4) will take on top-gun John Dillworth (AAA No. 1) of Buckhannon-Upshur.

"There should be some excellent individual matchups," said Martinsburg coach Steve Britner. "I believe some of the unrated kids will even push the pace against the top dogs."

Tribe frosh pulls through

Waynesboro closed out its dual-meet season at home Saturday with a 38-35 nail-biter over Boiling Springs.

The Indians, who trailed 35-32 heading into the last bout at 215, prevailed on freshman Derek Mahaffey's third-period pin.

Waynesboro will be looking to carry the momentum into the PIAA postseason, which begins with district sectional action this weekend.

Indians Nathan Geesaman (130) and Brian Lisko (140) are the top seeds in the District 3-AAA Section IV championships at Southwestern High in Hanover.

No southern hospitality shown in Smithsburg

Smithsburg should probably be glad its dual meet with James Buchanan, originally scheduled to be at JB, was moved to Smithsburg on Tuesday.

While the outcome was a 36-36 tie, the Leopards would have lost on criteria in Pennsylvania. Each team won seven bouts, but Smithsburg won three bouts by forfeit, compared to the Rockets' one.

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