Just showing off

McGill makes his moves to win Hub Cup title

McGill makes his moves to win Hub Cup title

January 16, 2005|by ANDREW MASON

Three years and 42 pounds later, not much has changed.

Williamsport senior Mike McGill still has Linganore senior Tim Miller's number on the bracket.

McGill, the No. 2 seed in the 145-pound weight class, routed top-seeded Miller 20-5 in the championship finals at the 18th annual Hub Cup on Saturday night at North Hagerstown.

The last time the pair squared off was at the 2002 Hub Cup, when they were freshmen. McGill, who also was seeded second to Miller that year, pinned him in the third period for the title at 103.

He didn't pin him this time, but his tech fall in 5:55 seemed equally rewarding. McGill, who was a Hub Cup runner-up at 112 as a sophomore and did not compete last year because of an injury, was voted the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler for the second time.


"A pin would have been really nice," McGill said, "but with a tech fall you get to show off your moves."

He certainly showed he was the king of the bracket, scoring nearly every way possible against Miller. McGill led 5-0 after the first period on a takedown and nearfall and 10-1 after the second on five more back points. He opened the third period with a reversal and then poured it on with a flurry of four takedowns, improving to 14-1 this season and 5-0 since his loss in the Damascus Tournament finals.

"I was really pumped up for the match and felt I had something to prove," said McGill, last year's Maryland Class 2A-1A state champ at 135. "I wanted to build a lead on him, and I wanted to look good. I wanted to get some respect."

Middletown put three wrestlers in the finals and came away with one title as senior Andrew Presnell exorcised his Hub Cup demons at 275. Presnell, who lost in double overtime in the 275 final in each his sophomore and junior year, made sure this year's final was anything but suspenseful.

He teched out Damascus' Tyler Barberi 17-0 in 3:40.

"He was undefeated. I was a little worried," Presnell said. "But ... this is just great. It's three years in the making."

Knights Tyler Strube (103) and Ryan Tice (125) each finished second. Strube was pinned in 58 seconds by Northwest's Sean McCarty, and Tice lost 13-6 to Paint Branch's Steve Miller.

Thomas Johnson's Brendan Walmsley, the third seed at 215, also won a title, pinning his way through the bracket. He decked Beall's top-seeded Chris Lindeman in 5:58 in the final.

From the three Washington County schools - Williamsport, South Hagerstown and North - competing in the 17-team tourney, McGill was the only wrestler to reach the championship finals.

Williamsport sophomore Earl Neville (103) and North senior Jonathan Breehl (152) were the county's lone representatives in the consolation finals, where each ended on a winning note for third place. Neville pinned Damascus' Eddie Obendorfer in 38 seconds and Breehl pinned Annapolis' Zach Swartz in 2:15.

It wasn't Breehl's dream ending for his home tourney.

"Ever since I was a little kid, I wanted to run out there in the spotlight (for the finals)," said Breehl, who fell 8-4 to eventual champ T.J. Lefeged in the semis. "I wish things could have worked out differently. But it's all right. The state tournament is the one I want."

Winning the consolation final also was of little consolation to Neville, who fell 10-2 to McCarty in the semis.

"I should have been in the finals with the guy who beat me," said Neville, who took the Hub Cup honor for the most pins in the least amount of time (four in 3:18). "I would have rather had first or second and have been in the spotlight."

Also finishing third were Catoctin's Andy Kokoski (130) and TJ's Joe Ellis (275). In the consolation finals, Kokoski edged Magruder's Alex Brown 5-4, and Ellis pinned Paint Branch's Tony Ayigah in 2:04.

South's Derick Boerstler (103) and Terrail Blair (130) - Washington County's only No. 1 seeds - both fell short of their billings. Each placed fifth.

Damascus won the team title with 238 1/2 points. Northwest finished second (192) and Magruder was third (159).

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