Haslip wresltes up title in W.Va.

February 27, 2005


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Musselman's Dustin Haislip earned a decision over Parkersburg South's Hueston Keller 7-4 to win the West Virginia Class AAA 112-pound title Saturday at the West Virginia Championships.

Two other Eastern Panhandle wrestlers saw their opportunity for state titles slip by and had to settle for second.

Martinsburg's Chris Conner suffered a heartbreaking 4-3 decision loss to Parkersburg's Andy Thomas in the Class AAA 160-pound final.

Berkeley Springs' Randy Waugh was pinned by Oak Glen's Chris Stevens in 3:49 in the Class AA-A 189-pound title bout.

Nine other Eastern Panhandle wrestlers were placewinners on Saturday.

In Class AAA, Hedgesville's Derrick Young (189 pounds) finished third, Jefferson's Colton Gustines (103) and Musselman's Billy Barrett (125) each finished fourth, Hedgesville's Danny Armstrong (103) and Jared Sella (160) and Jefferson's Scott Chapman (112) all finished fifth and Hedgesville's Troy Foltz (152) finished sixth.

In Class AA-A, Berkeley Springs' Tyson Bennett finished third at 152, while teammate A.J. Blankenship finished fifth at 112.


Edgin, Nielson earn honors

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Josh Edgin and Brad Nielson capped outstanding seasons by earning Prep All-American finishes at the National Prep Wrestling Tournament at Lehigh University, leading Mercersburg Academy to its seventh top-20 team finish in the last 10 years.

Edgin (45-6) lost a 16-8 major decision to eventual champion Justin Wren of Bishop Lynch, Texas, in the championship semifinals at 275 pounds. He rebounded with a pin of Oludare Adedokun (Phillips Andover Academy, Mass.) to make the consolation finals before falling to Josh Ewing of Western Reserve, 10-3 in the third-place bout. Edgin was 4-2 in the tournament with four pins.

Nielson (36-4) pinned Justin Fitch of Boys Latin in 2:43 in the fifth-place match at 160 pounds to cap his run through the consolations, giving him All-American honors for the second straight year. His win over Fitch gave Nielson, who went 5-2 in the tournament, his 100th career victory.

Mercersburg's other potential placewinner, 119-pounder Nick Mazzei, fell 10-0 to Charlie Wilson (Fork Union Military Academy, Va.) in the consolation quarterfinals, one match shy of placing.

Blair Academy (N.J.) easily won its 25th consecutive National Prep Tournament championship. Mercersburg finished 13th.


Poolesville 50, Smithsburg 32

SMITHSBURG - Chris Brown scored nine points for Smithsburg as it never got on track and lost to Poolesville (7-16) in the East sectional.

Clay Marquiss added seven points for the Leopards (12-11) while Luke Heinrich had six points.

Catoctin 58, Brunswick 53

BRUNSWICK, Md. - John Tumulty scored 17 points and hit four 3-pointers to help Catoctin hold off Brunswick in the East sectional.

Brunswick capitalized on Catoctin turnovers and missed free throws to cut the lead to five in the fourth quarter, but Catoctin held them off and won its first playoff game in nine years.

Derrick Thompson had 11 points and eight rebounds for the Cougars (8-15) and Ian Cuddahee had nine points.

Aaron Main had 13 points for the Railroaders (10-13) in the loss while Chris Papanicolas added 12 points.

Northern Garrett 75, Clear Spring 59

CLEAR SPRING - Scott Keeney and Darrin Jackson each scored 15 points for Clear Spring as it fell to Northern Garrett in the West sectional.

Donny Lapole added 10 points for the Blazers (0-23) who could never catch up to the Huskies (14-9).

Calvert Hall 48, St. Maria Goretti 44

BALTIMORE, Md. - Gene Johnson had 19 points before fouling out for St. Maria Goretti as it fell to Calvert Hall in the quarterfinals of the Baltimore Catholic League Tournament.

The Gaels had a five-point lead going into the final quarter before Calvert Hall (23-12) came on strong, scoring 24 points to come from behind and squeak out the win.

Joey Spierenburg added 14 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks for the Gaels (20-13), while Andrew Chambers had 10 points and two steals.

New Life 55, Grace Academy 51

Tournament MVP Mike Feuz scored 20 points for New Life Christian as it pulled out a win over Grace Academy for the championship of the Mason Dixon Christian Conference Tournament.

John Reginaldi and Austin Witmer each pitched in with 13 points for the Rams (19-6).

Zack Koontz a had double-double for the Knights (10-12) scoring 12 points and pulling down10 rebounds. Koontz was also named to the all-tournament team.

David Hardcastle had 14 points for the Knights (10-12) and Alex Lehman had nine points.

Heritage 47, Shalom 29

Heritage Academy raced out to a 23-7 halftime lead and rolled past Shalom Christian in the consolation game of the Mason Dixon Christian Conference Tournament.

Chuck Harrell led the way for the Eagles (20-7) with 12 points, while Zack Hartman added 11.

SJPH 62, Woodberry 35

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