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Wrestling by numbers was very colorful

March 10, 2005|by ANDY MASON

One is a lonely number.

Unlike zero, however, it can enjoy its own company.

Even though he's making a solo road trip to Hershey, Pa., it should be an enjoyable ride for James Buchanan's Dustin Pine. The junior 189-pounder is the area's only athlete who qualified for the PIAA State Wrestling Tournament, which begins today.

Actually, he's the only Tri-State wrestler whose season is still alive.

While everyone else is done and gone, the numbers won't soon be forgotten.

Here are some of them:

· Five state champions: Williamsport's Mike McGill (145) and Middletown's Andrew Presnell (275) in Maryland Class 2A-1A; Musselman's Dustin Haislip (112) in West Virginia Class AAA; and Mercersburg Academy's Brad Nielson (160) and Josh Edgin (275) in the Pennsylvania Independent Schools tourney.

· Two prep All-Americans: Edgin placed fourth and Nielson fifth at the National Prep tourney.

· Fifty-three victories: Hedgesville's Derrick Young (189) was the only area wrestler to reach the half-century mark, finishing the season at 53-8.

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· Forty-three pins: Of Edgin's 46 victories this season, a school-record 43 came by fall.

· Twenty-five matches: And Greencastle's Conrad Myers (152) won all of them, going 25-0 to earn a No. 1 ranking in District 3-AA. But he never got the chance to live up to his billing as his season ended on the scale at sectionals. Myers didn't make weight.

· Fifteen victories: Believed to be the most ever by a Tri-State girl. Musselman's Krissy Barrett (119) went 15-17.

· Thirty-two dual-meet victories: The area-leading number for Hedgesville (32-6).

· Nineteen dual-meet victories: The Washington County-leading number for Smithsburg (19-2).

· Five hundred and four dual-meet victories: The area's all-time leading number, owned by Mercersburg (504-332-15).

· Four victories: That's all Waynesboro's Justin Fogle had last year, and two were forfeits. However, this season Fogle (152), a senior and perhaps the area's most improved wrestler, went 25-11 and was the only Indian to qualify for districts.

· Seven years: That's how long it had been since Chambersburg (13-9) last had a winning record.

· Thirty-six points: That's how many Boonsboro scored to give fourth-year Warriors coach Brian Smoot his first victory - 36-30 over Bowling Brook.

· Two hands: I might need more than that to count the number of e-mail complaints I read from the Smithsburg community this season, regarding the coverage of the Leopards.

While you can't please them all, overall it was another pleasing year to be matside with my tablet and pen.




Andy Mason is assistant sports editor of The Morning Herald. His column appears every other Thursday. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 2334, or by e-mail at andrewm@herald-mail.com

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