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Hubs win share of league crown

February 19, 2004|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

Before the start of every season, the North Hagerstown wrestling team makes a list of team goals.

In the Hubs' final dual meet of the year Wednesday night, they were able to check off a couple of them.

North coasted past short-handed South Hagerstown 57-19 for city bragging rights and a share of the first MVAL Antietam Conference title.

"The city championship is always pretty important," Hubs coach Greg Slick said. "The fact that it had league implications gave the guys some extra incentive."

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North (10-8) and Smithsburg (9-5) each went 5-1 in conference action. While the Hubs' lone loss was to the Leopards (39-33 on Feb. 5), there are no tiebreakers in the newly realigned MVAL.

"To win a share of the first MVAL Antietam Conference was a real big goal tonight," Slick said. "Obviously, everyone was heartbroken after the Smithsburg match. It took us a while to pick our heads up and refocus. But I'm proud of the kids for sticking with it."

The Hubs won 10 of the 14 matches against the host Rebels (7-14, 3-3), including four by forfeits.

North's Brad Trail began the match with a 15-0 tech fall in 4:47 against Reggie Cozens at 112 pounds, and the Hubs never looked back. After David Broadwater pinned South's Nate Algier in 1:24 at 119 and Hubs Derek Holmes (125) and Chris Bumbaugh (130) each won by forfeit, it was 23-0.

Adam Hockensmith's first-period pin over Matt Amalfitano at 135 and Terrell Blair's 20-10 major decision over Josh Borland at 140 cut South's deficit to 23-10. But it never got any closer, as North ripped off four straight wins.

Senior Tim Evans, filling in at 145 for Alonzo Shaul, who didn't make weight, sparked the Hubs' run while making the most of his mat time. Evans planted John Selph in 41 seconds for the night's quickest fall.

"It's a good way to go out my senior year with a win against South," Evans said. "I was just happy I could get a match against South my senior year."

Jonathan Breehl followed with another pin at 152, building a 9-1 lead on South's Roger Kline before ending it in 3:47.

"Lots of tradition in this match," said Breehl, who notched his team-high 23rd victory. "We've been working hard for this one. All week we've been talking about it and focusing on this match."

Matt Stowell's 9-1 major decision over Andrew Asper at 160 and Dean Staley's win by forfeit at 171 gave North a 45-10 lead, before South's Eric McPherson stopped the run at 189 in perhaps the night's top matchup.

McPherson (19-7) edged Andrew Widmeyer (15-9) 6-5 to avenge an earlier season loss, scoring six unanswered points, including a pair of takedowns, for a 6-2 lead in the second period and then holding on for dear life.

"He got me at the Hub Cup, and I've been working hard because I knew I'd see him again," McPherson said. "I wanted to return the favor."

After North picked up another forfeit at 215, Andrew Brigham stopped South's Jeremy Gross at 275 in the night's wildest action. Down 2-0, Gross reversed Brigham to his back for 5 points, before Brigham reversed Gross to his back and stuck him in 1:22.

Derick Boerstler ended the night on a positive note for South at 103, pinning Jake Geesaman in 1:49.

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