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Devils' Myers takes perfection into postseaso

February 11, 2005|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

If the wrestling season were one big single-elimination tournament, Conrad Myers would be the champion.

The Greencastle-Antrim sophomore is the last of the Tri-State's unbeatens. Myers, a 152-pounder, is 25-0.

Staying perfect from this point on, however, is the tricky part. Myers isn't the champion of anything yet. But that could change soon.

The Blue Devils begin PIAA Class AA postseason action next weekend at the District 3 Section IV tournament. The top four in each weight class advance to districts. The top six at districts move on to the Southeast Regional. The top five at regionals move on to states. The top eight at states earn highly coveted PIAA medals.

"I want to place at states," said Myers, who's No. 1 in the district and No. 12 in the state in Class AA rankings. "It's going to be real competitive, but I know I can do it. I just can't get intimidated when I get to the higher level. I just have to keep my mind focused and my training hard."

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It's been five years since Greencastle has sent a wrestler to states. Myers was a surprise regional qualifier at 152 as a freshman last season, placing fourth at sectionals and then fourth at districts. He finished 16-11.

Devils coach Fred Yelton is confident Myers will go even further this postseason.

"The sky's the limit," Yelton said. "I think Conrad's right there. He's so much better than he was last year. His natural ability, great attitude and hard work just make for a lot of potential. He has a great opportunity to go very far."

Despite his perfect record, Myers won't be looking past anybody on any bracket, Yelton said.

"He lost 11 matches last year, so I think he thinks every kid is tough," Yelton said. "It's not like he went 35-0 as a freshman and made it to states. He doesn't take things for granted.

"You just have to take it one match at a time in the postseason because anybody can be beaten. I think Conrad's going to be tough to beat, but we know when you get to districts, anything can happen."

At 25-0, Myers is sure to have a target on the back of his singlet.

"Everybody's looking to beat you to give you that one mark on your record," Myers said. "I'm just going to try to not let that happen."

n Chambersburg senior heavyweight Justin Gipe was one of two Tri-State unbeatens until last week. After a 17-0 start, Gipe suffered back-to-back losses, before rebounding in dramatic fashion Wednesday night during the Trojans' 39-25 loss to Middletown (Pa.).

Locked in a 3-3 tie after a scoreless overtime period, Gipe decked Middletown's Joe Swartz in 7:10.

Despite the losses, Gipe is still ranked No. 1 in District 3 Class AAA. He went 1-2 at districts last year after finishing second at sectionals.

Sister act


Martinsburg's Chris and Robert Conner are clearly the top tandem of brothers in the Tri-State this season. Robert is third in the West Virginia Class AAA state rankings at 171, while Chris is fourth at 160.

Of course, Musselman's Billy and Krissy Barrett might be the Tri-State's top brother-sister act of all time. Billy is 32-2 with a team-high 20 pins at 125, while Krissy is 13-13 with a pair of pins at 119.

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