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McGill tops Lisko, but Indians prevail

February 01, 2004|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT - The Waynesboro wrestling team won the interstate rivalry, but Williamsport's Mike McGill captured the bout of the millennium.

At least that's how it seemed to the Wildcats junior and probably many others in attendance at Williamsport High School on Saturday.

One bout after the No. 4 Indians clinched their 38-28 win over the No. 7 Wildcats, McGill topped Waynesboro senior star Brian Lisko 5-2 in the 135-pound showdown, featuring a pair of returning Herald-Mail All-Area first-teamers facing off for the first time.

"Lisko has always been on another level - bigger, stronger, older and he's beaten lots of good kids at the top," McGill said. "Beating him, that's my first really big win in high school. That's the biggest feather in my cap so far."

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That says a lot coming from a guy whose cap already rivals Robin Hood's. McGill, a two-time state placewinner, is unbeaten (8-0) on the season and ranked first in Maryland 2A-1A at 135.

Lisko, who has more than 100 career wins, has polished off nearly everyone in reach this season and entered the match Saturday with a 27-1 mark, racked up mostly against stiff Mid-Penn competition.

"That's a state-finals caliber guy I just wrestled," McGill said.

"Of course, I didn't expect Brian to lose that match," Waynesboro coach Aaron Taylor said. "Sometimes you just get used to certain kids always winning.

"But you have to give it to McGill. He wrestled a tough match. He kept Brian from hitting his leg attacks - his high crotches and his singles - and wrestled a great defensive match on his feet and was able to take Brian down."

Lisko escaped for a 1-0 lead with 55 seconds left in the second period, but McGill quickly countered with a takedown - becoming just the third wrestler to take Lisko down this season - and never trailed again.

"As soon as I got that I thought I could win," McGill said. "I knew I could take him down from neutral again if I wanted to."

The Wildcat escaped for a 3-1 lead early in the third and rounded out his scoring with another takedown with 45 seconds left. Lisko escaped with 15 seconds remaining but couldn't find an opening before the buzzer.

"Mike's had a lot of good wins, but that's the first guy he's beaten that people are going to sit back and say, 'Wow,'" Williamsport coach Mike Rechtorovic said. "That's the best match I've seen of two kids at that caliber."

Waynesboro (4-14) won the meet on the strength of its upperweights. The match began at 152 and, after the 275 bout, the Indians led 31-0, getting pins from Justin Fogle (152), Nick Reihner (171) and Billy Arnold (189), a major decision from Derek Mahaffey (275), decision by Chad Lasley (215) and win by forfeit from Derek Davis (160).

Williamsport (9-6) won six of the last eight bouts, finally getting on the board with Earl Neville's major decision over John Rock at 103. The Wildcats got pins from Spencer Peyton (119) and Adam Bridendolph (145), a win by forfeit from Ryan Bowers (125) and a decision from Jeff Short (140).

"Starting at 152, I knew we would probably be down coming at the turn at 103," Rechtorovic said. "I was hoping it would be less than 31-0, but ... I'm proud of my team. They didn't pack it in."

Waynesboro went up 34-4 on Sean Mickey's win by decision at 112 and took an insurmountable 38-16 lead on Chip Stover's major decision over Jimmy Fiorita at 130.

"It didn't go quite the way I wanted it to go, but it was all right," Taylor said. "For us, always having to wrestle tough, tough bouts week in and week out in the Mid-Penn, it was nice to just get a win today."

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