Wrestling notes - Question to be answered at county tournament

February 20, 2004|by ANDREW MASON

The North Hagerstown, Smithsburg and Williamsport wrestling teams all went 1-1 against each other this season.

Smithsburg beat North, which beat Williamsport, which beat Smithsburg.

So which team's the best?

That question will be better answered Saturday at the five-team Washington County tournament, which also includes shorthanded Boonsboro and South Hagerstown, at Boonsboro High School.

"Williamsport's pretty tough with their lineup, Smithsburg's got some good kids and we're going to show up and see what we can do," North coach Greg Slick said. "I hate to say it's going to be a three-team race, but it's going to be a three-team race. With only five teams, you almost have to have all 14 guys score points."


The tournament begins with preliminary rounds at 12 p.m. and concludes with the championship finals at 3:45.

Williamsport, which edged North 148-127.5 for last year's team title while avenging the season's dual-meet losses to the Hubs and Leopards, has a pair of returning champs in Mike McGill and Ryan Bowers. McGill, who won at 112 last year, will be a heavy favorite at 135, while Bowers, last season's 130 champ, will try to win at 125.

The other returning champs are Boonsboro's Brett Nalley, who's up a weight at 112 this season, and North's Andrew Widmeyer, last year's 171 winner, who will be at 189, arguably the tourney's toughest weight class.

South's Eric McPherson (19-7), last year's 189 runner-up who's still at that weight, edged Widmeyer (15-9) 6-5 in the teams' dual Wednesday night, avenging his Hub Cup loss to the Hub.

"We're going to have a great battle again this weekend at counties," McPherson said.

But at least one of them will have to battle Smithsburg's Scott White (22-6), who beat Widmeyer 11-8 and lost 12-4 to McPherson during the teams' duals.

"That's going to be a whale of a county tournament between those two guys and Scott White," Slick said. "That's probably the toughest weight class in the tournament."

  • The Frederick County tournament is today and Saturday at Brunswick.

  • The West Virginia Region II tourneys also are this weekend.

    The Class AAA action, which includes Martinsburg, Jefferson, Hedgesville and Musselman, is Saturday at Martinsburg, beginning at 10 a.m. The championship finals are set for 4 p.m.

    The Class AA-A tourney, which includes Berkeley Springs, is today and Saturday at Keyser.

  • The PIAA District 3 Class AAA and AA championships are today and Saturday at Hersheypark in Hershey, Pa.

Nine area wrestlers have berths - Waynesboro's Brian Lisko (135), Derek Mahaffey (275) and Chambersburg's Justin Gipe (215) in AAA, and Greencastle's Conrad Myers (152), Tony Miller (275) and James Buchanan's Aaron Lynch (125), Chad Witmer (130), T.J. Morris (171) and Erik Corl (189) in AA.

The top three finishers in AAA advance to states, while the top six in AA go to regionals to fight for state berths.

Witmer was the area's only PIAA state qualifier last season. ... Mahaffey has the toughest start today, facing Cumberland Valley's Zach Sheaffer (39-0), a Beast of the East champ who's ranked first in the state, in the first round.

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