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Sweeneys help Lions top North

December 16, 2004|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

Two Sweeneys plus two pins equaled one victory for Walkersville's wrestling team on Wednesday night.

Deadlocked with North Hagerstown after 12 of 14 weight classes, the Lions turned to Gleason Sweeney (125 pounds) and Ryan Sweeney (130), who answered with a pair of first-period pins to give Walkersville a 40-28 victory over the Hubs.

"They definitely stepped it up, didn't they," said Walkersville coach Scott McIntyre. "That's the best I've seen Ryan wrestle in two years. I really think this is going to be Gleason's year, too."

After the Hubs (1-1) rallied from a 25-10 deficit, the Sweeneys kept the Lions (8-1) out of harm's way. Gleason assured Walkersville of no worse than a tie with his 44-second pin of Dustin Pogue, before Ryan dismissed Derek Holmes in 1:41 to seal the win.

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"I just knew I had to pin so it gave us a little leeway in case something happened," Gleason Sweeney said.

"We were pretty confident we were going to pull it out," Ryan Sweeney said. "Gleason and I knew what we had to do, and we stuck it to them."

North's Jarrett Logsdon opened the match by pinning Chris Ramsburg in 1:25. But the Hubs were forced to forfeit the next two matches and 12 points.

"The kids wrestled really tough," Hubs coach Greg Slick said. "It's hard giving up 12 points right off the bat, but because of some injuries and sickness, there's nothing we can do."

Walkersville's Mike Smith won a 7-6 thriller at 152 over Jon Breehl, who rallied from a 6-0 deficit with two escapes and two takedowns to tie it in the third period. Looking for the win, Breehl let Smith escape with about 50 seconds left to try to win it with a third takedown, but Smith held off Breehl's advances and kept the gamble from paying off.

Danny Neel's pin of Derek McCarty in 1:02 at 160 gave Walkersville a 21-6 cushion, before North's Dean Staley (171) and the Lions' Derek Hubbard both scored major decisions to make it 25-10. The Hubs got a 52-second pin at 215 from Jordan Granville to cut the lead to 25-16, before Walkersville's Tim Wheatley earned a 9-4 decision over Andrew Brigham at 275 to make it 28-16.

North started its surge at 103 behind Delon Agee's pin of Paul Bell in 5:17. Agee worked up a 10-2 lead before finally ending the bout. Brad Trail's 11-4 decision over Jesse Copley at 112 and Jim Eichelberger's 4-2 decision over Mike Athy at 119 evened the score.

"Agee, he's a freshman and he's a real fireplug," Slick said. "Delon's match gave us a little swing with Eichelberger finishing it. It wasn't a big enough swing, though. Those (Sweeney) brothers are really tough for them."

"Coach Slick always has his kids fired up, he's such a great motivator," McIntyre said. "Every time I come up here, I'm scared. Any coach who thinks North is a pushover is not a smart coach."

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