Wrestling notes - Area rivals square off

January 30, 2004|by ANDREW MASON

Records never seem to mean a thing when interstate rivals Williamsport and Waynesboro clash on the mat.

The Wildcats (9-5), who host the Indians (3-14) on Saturday, have learned that over the years.

"They're in a little bit of a tougher conference than us," Wildcats coach Mike Rechtorovic said. "I always know they're going to bring a solid squad, regardless of record. It's a good rivalry and always seems to be a tough match."

Two records, though, likely will be difficult to overlook Saturday.

Williamsport junior Mike McGill, a two-time state placewinner, who was sidelined the first half of the season with a knee injury, is 7-0 since returning and ranked first in Maryland 2A-1A at 135 pounds. Waynesboro senior Brian Lisko, who won his second straight Mid-Penn title earlier this season at 135 and recently joined the century club for career wins, is 27-1.

If the wrestling gods shine down on Williamsport, they'll meet for the first time in what just might be the area's regular-season bout of the year.


"It's two of the area's best," Rechtorovic said. "I'm sure Mikey's not afraid of him. That's not the kind of kid he is. He wants to wrestle the best competition."

He said McGill's set to wrestle at 135 Saturday. Waynesboro coach Aaron Taylor said Lisko will go at either 135 or 140. Indians standout Eric Kelley, who's recorded the majority of his 22 wins this season at 140, is sidelined with an unspecified injury.

"We'll see how we match up," Taylor said, "and see what we need to do to win the match."

"I'd like to wrestle McGill," said Lisko, who's ranked second in PIAA District 3-AAA at 135. "Good matches, that's what I'm looking for."

He should get one, regardless of weight. At 140 for Williamsport is senior Jeff Short, who's 20-2.

"I'm sure it'll be an interesting matchup," Rechtorovic said, "either way."

Waynesboro has taken two of the last three matches from Williamsport, with all three coming down to the final bout. The Indians won 39-29 last year.

Their common dual-meet opponent this season is Chambersburg, which beat Williamsport (without McGill) and fell to Waynesboro.

"It's a big deal. We don't want to lose," Taylor said. "There's some pride on the line. Our two biggest rivals are Chambersburg and Williamsport, and we already beat Chambersburg.

"But you just never know. It could be another one of those close ones. They're always pumped up and ready to go."

Saints close in on crown

St. James topped Sidwell Friends 48-16 last weekend to complete its second straight perfect run through the Mid Atlantic Conference.

Unlike last year, however, the Saints (14-6, 5-0) need a strong showing in the MAC tournament (Saturday at Maret) to claim another conference crown, which, beginning this season, is determined half on conference record, half on tournament performance.

The math is simple. There are six schools in the MAC and six-through-one points are awarded for the respective finishes in the season duals and tourney.

The Saints have six already, while runner-up Sidwell has five. If, by chance, the Saints were to finish second to Sidwell on Saturday, the teams would be co-champs with 11 points each.

"We definitely want to win it outright," St. James coach Daryl Hayes said. "That's been one of our goals all year."

Saints Austin Persons (103), Rex Salisbury (135), Yusake Haffeman (152), Sam Ashleman (160), Tim Berger (189) and Dave McLaughlin (275) all were perfect in conference matches.

'Dogs host CVALs

Martinsburg will host the Cumberland Valley Athletic League Championships on Saturday. The dual-meet (three mats, five rounds) action begins at 10 a.m.

Teams competing are the five CVAL members - Martinsburg, Jefferson, Musselman, Fort Hill and defending champ Hedgesville - and guest Wilson (D.C.).

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