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South gets off its back, rises in sweep of Wildcats, Warriors

December 11, 2003|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT - Trailing Williamsport by 18 points through six bouts, the South Hagerstown wrestling team's back was against the wall in the nightcap of the teams' MVAL Antietam Conference season-opening tri-meet.

Things only got worse for the Rebels when Roger Kline's back was against the mat early in the second period against Eric Spielman at 145 pounds.

"I just wanted to get off my back and help our team," Kline said. "Coach wanted me to wrestle smart and get some points, and I found myself on my back."

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He didn't stay there for long, pinning Spielman almost as quickly as he reversed him to spark a six-bout, 33-point South run as the Rebels prevailed, 39-36.

Williamsport opened the night with a 60-12 victory over short-handed Boonsboro, and South followed with a 70-6 win over the Warriors.

"We knew we had a shot at Williamsport," South first-year coach Adam Robinson said. "We just stressed working hard and they did it."

Williamsport got a pair of quick pins from Rob Shawley at 275 and Earl Neville at 103 to end the match, but too much damage had already been done by the Rebels.

Brandon Carbaugh pinned Frank Larrazabal with three seconds left in the first period at 215 to give South an insurmountable 39-24 lead.

"Coach told me that if I won, we'd win," Carbaugh said. "I knew I had a chance to get him. ... I just threw him over my shoulder and pinned him."

In between the pins by Kline and Carbaugh, South picked up two wins by forfeit at 152 and 160, a pin from Carl Miller, who also fought off his back, at 171 and a 14-12 decision at 189 from Eric McPherson, who scored the winning takedown against Robbie Spigler with one second left in overtime.

Williamsport - which was missing four probable starters due to either injury or illness, including star middleweight Mike McGill - also had a pin from Spencer Peyton at 125 and a run of major decisions from Ryan Bowers at 130, Jeff Short at 135 and Adam Bridandolph at 140.

"We were missing some guys, but that's no excuse," Williamsport first-year coach Mike Rechtorovic said. "We still had a chance to win the match. You have to win the close matches and, when you have guys on their backs, you have to finish them off. They did and we didn't.

"We had two kids on their backs but got reversed and pinned, and that killed us."

Shawley finished the night with two pins for Williamsport, Miller had two for South and Brett Nalley accounted for 12 of Boonsboro's 18 points with a pair of wins by fall at 112.

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