Wrestling notes - Change in the air at Rebel

January 16, 2004|by ANDREW MASON

Washington County's long-standing Rebel Invitational wrestling tournament could become the Rebel Duals.

At least that's what the 23rd edition of the event will be this Saturday at South Hagerstown.

With only six teams competing this year, a duals format just made more sense than brackets.

"Three teams (Brunswick, Handley and Central Cambria) backed out, and I didn't know that until after the season started," South first-year coach Adam Robinson said. "They just decided to go somewhere else.

"It's a little disappointing, but if this goes well, maybe the Rebel will become a dual-meet tournament from now on."

The teams competing are South, Williamsport, Boonsboro, Thomas Johnson, Bowling Brook and Liberty.

The three-mat, five-round action begins at 10 a.m. and is expected to go until about 5 p.m.

Probably the feature match of the 15 duals is South vs. Williamsport II. The Rebels topped the Wildcats 39-36 in their season-opener Dec. 10.


"The guys are looking forward to getting another shot at them," Williamsport coach Mike Rechtorovic said. "Hopefully it will turn out better this time. We'll see if we can get a little revenge."

Second to none

Due to an editing error, The Herald-Mail's Sunday story from the Hub Cup Invitational at North Hagerstown was missing the roundup of the area's second-place finishers from the tourney.

The local runners-up were: Catoctin's Colten Eureka (112), North's David Broadwater (119), Williamsport's Ryan Bowers (125), Middletown's Dan McCallion (215) and Andrew Presnell (275) and Walkersville's Chad Cotterman (135), Dan Caywood (145), Ben Gould (152) and Jimmy Francis (171).

In a showcase final, Caywood, a two-time Hub Cup champ who was ranked first in Maryland Class 2A-1A, fell 4-2 in overtime to Annapolis' Andrew Smith, ranked second in 4A-3A.

The heavyweight battle - Presnell vs. Quince Orchard's Raffi Mnatzakanian - was a rematch of last year's 275 final and produced nearly identical results. Last year, Mnatzakanian won 4-3 in double overtime. This time, he took Presnell 2-1 in double OT.

Storm regains 'Edge'

Mecersburg Academy, The Herald-Mail's new No. 1, recently received the boost it's been waiting for all season.

Not that the undefeated Blue Storm have struggled without sophomore heavyweight Josh Edgin, but certainly they are a stronger team with him.

Edgin, who went 35-12 with a team-high 28 pins as a freshman, was sidelined in late November with an ankle injury. In his return last weekend, he went 3-0 with two pins as Mercersburg (8-0) swept a quad meet in Washington.

"We've been doing well without Josh because a number of guys have really stepped up, especially in the tough duals and tournaments," Blue Storm coach Rick Hendrickson said. "However, it is nice to have that anchor back at the top of the lineup."

The Devils' blues

Poor Greencastle-Antrim.

Not only did the short-handed Blue Devils forfeit five bouts and get pinned in another five against Mid-Penn Capital foe Milton Hershey on Wednesday night, the only point they scored was a negative one.

Greencastle (2-12, 1-5), which lost a point for misconduct in the 189 match, lost the match, 72-(-1).

Still unbeaten

The area's undefeated wrestlers this season include: Waynesboro's Brian Lisko (135), 22-0; Jefferson's Codie Gustines (135), 18-0; Mercersburg Academy's Brad Nielson (160), 15-0; Musselman's Dustin Haislip (103), 14-0; Frederick's Mark Tsikerdanos (125), 14-0; and Thomas Johnson's Mark Esmont (189), 9-0.

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