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'Cats revel in rival revival with Hubs

December 22, 2005|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT - Once Middletown finished crashing the Washington County wrestling party, rivals Williamsport and North Hagerstown crashed into each other in a tri-meet Wednesday night.

In the showdown that might decide the MVAL Antietam Conference title, the Wildcats edged the Hubs 41-36, winning eight of the 14 bouts, including five by pins and one by forfeit. Middletown won the first two matches - 36-32 over North and 53-24 over Williamsport.

Williamsport vs. North was the hot one as tempers flared, resulting in the Wildcats losing one team point for unsportsmanlike conduct and a fan being ejected.

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"It's just a great rivalry," said Williamsport coach Mike Rechtorovic, whose team improved to 3-0 in the MVAL Antietam and 5-2 overall. "Every year it's going to be close and every year it's going to be heated. They're our biggest rival."

The Hubs (1-3, 1-2) led the Wildcats 18-6 after four bouts on pins by Michael Cline (215 pounds), Delon Agee (103) and Joe Breehl (112).

"I was very worried," Rechtorovic said. "I knew that we matched up pretty well in the light to middle weights, but I also know that it's a crazy sport and anything can happen."

Down 18-6, Williamsport won the next seven bouts. Earl Neville started the run with a pin at 119 and Jimmy Fiorita ended it with a win by forfeit at 152 as the Wildcats took an insurmountable 41-18 lead to wrap up the victory with three bouts left.

In between for Williamsport: Peter Smith won by decision at 125; Todd Judd improved to 7-0 on the season with his seventh-straight first-period pin at 130; Matt Gift came up from the JV squad and won by decision at 135; and Jesse Duvall (140) and Codi Trumpower (145) each bumped up a weight and scored a pin.

"It's a big win," Judd said. "That was one of our team goals, to come out here and beat North because we knew we had to win if we want to win the conference."

Rob Shawley (275), Neville, Judd and Duvall each went 2-0 with two pins on the night.

For the Hubs, Cline, Agee, Josh Borland (160) and Joey Lamp each went 2-0 with one pin.

North also had the early advantage against Middletown, leading 18-3 after five bouts, 22-9 after seven and 28-15 after nine. The Hubs and Knights each won seven bouts in the match, but Middletown had five pins, compared to North's three.

"It's good competition," North coach Greg Slick said. "It's tough to lose matches like those, but it's good competition. I don't mean to sound like a clich, but pins are big in close matches."

For Middletown (7-3), Tyler Strube (112) and Tony Boyer (152) each had a pair of pins and Nick Schubert (125), Brian Gastelle (140), Brandon Johnson (145) and Zach Hammond (171) also each went 2-0.

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