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Wildcats wax county foes

December 09, 2004|by BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO - Williamsport has a solid foundation to remain a top wrestling team.

Just how solid depends on when the cement around its cornerstones sets.

The Wildcats settled in behind their experience, led by returning Herald-Mail Wrestler of the Year Mike McGill, but took control with the help of some new, young talent to sweep South Hagerstown and Boonsboro Wednesday in a season-opening tri-match.

Williamsport used its strength in the middle weights to roll to a 63-15 victory over the Rebels and earned a 72-5 win over undermanned Boonsboro.

South earned a split with a 58-23 win over the Warriors.

The South match became a coming-out party for Williamsport's next wrestling generation, and youth was definitely served.

"We had a bunch of freshmen step up for us today," Williamsport coach Mike Rechtorovic said. "These guys were coming up from the junior program and I wasn't sure how they would react in a pressure situation."

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Freshmen Peter Smith and Codie Trumpower and sophomore Jim Fiorita helped Williamsport take all the momentum away from South by breaking an early tie and winning nine of the last 10 matches.

Smith broke a 12-12 tie with a 52-second pin of Jake Carder in the 119-pound bout. Trumpower followed with a pin in 1:40 over Nate Algier at 130 for a 27-12 lead.

It set up Williamsport to post two of the bigger momentum stoppers, which prevented South from making a comeback bid.

Sophomore Todd Judd was saddled with a 12-6 decision loss to South's Terrail Blair, but fought back from what would have been a major decision to only lose three team points.

Then, after a forfeit at 140, Fiorita put the finishing touches on the match with an emphatic 20-second pin on Casey Carpenter at 145 for a 39-15 lead.

Then it was time for McGill, who scored a pin of Jason Waybright in 1:04 to end any questions.

"We have four first-year wrestlers and that was a big thing," South coach Larry Moore said. "They bumped McGill and Fiorita up and the forfeit at 140 hurt, too. We got pinned at the heavyweight early in the match and we didn't count on that."

South owned an early 6-0 lead when Brandon Carbaugh opened the match with a pin, but Rob Shawley quickly evened the match by pinning South heavyweight Jeremy Gross, which erased the possibility of an early 12-point lead for the Rebels.

"I knew (the young wrestlers) had talent, but it's hard to tell how they will react when they go from the wrestling room to a varsity match," Rechtorovic said. "Where we are going to go, a lot depends on how they do."

Boonsboro was at a disadvantage with only six wrestlers participating on the 14-bout card. It meant the Warriors were giving up 42 points against Williamsport and 48 points to South, which left them without a chance to win.

Brett Nalley won both of his matches for Boonsboro. He scored a technical fall on Trumpower at 125 to give the Warriors their only points in the Williamsport match, and pinned South's Reggie Cousins in 2:11.

Jon Wood (140), Richard Riggs (145) and Chris Riggs (152) won consecutive bouts against South. The Warriors outscored the Rebels 17-6 in the four contested matches.

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