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Wildcats take one on the chin

January 05, 2006|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT - If nothing else, at least the rest of 2006 can't get much worse than Wednesday night for the Williamsport wrestling team.

The host Wildcats dropped 13 of 14 bouts to Southern Garrett and lost, 69-6.

"Wow," Williamsport coach Mike Rechtorovic said. "That's the best team we'll see all year. That team has a chance to win state duals. Having three starters (Earl Neville, Codi Trumpower and Drew Williams) out of the lineup didn't help, but it wouldn't have made much of a difference tonight.

"Now we know how much work we have to do. We have a long way to go."

The Rams (5-0) scored nine pins, three decisions and one forfeit against the Wildcats (5-3).

"They're solid the whole way through," Williamsport 140-pounder Jesse Duvall said. "A lot of our guys wrestled well against them, but we just couldn't get it done.

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"That was the worst we've been beaten in our history, but at least we didn't get shut out."

Duvall made sure of that, pinning Cory Reckart in 3:25 in the 10th bout of the night. Duvall trailed 7-1 after the first period and 11-6 in the second before reversing Reckart to his back.

"I just got lucky, pretty much," Duvall said. "He got out of position and I caught him in a roll and got the pin."

Willimsport took leads into the third periods of four matches. Justin Iseminger (119) led 6-4 and got pinned in 5:05, Peter Smith (125) led 2-0 and lost 7-5, Todd Judd (130) led 4-2 and fell 8-4 and Jimmy Fiorita (145) led 4-2 and lost, 5-4.

"Right now, we're in as good of shape as anybody, and we know that. Our kids work hard and don't quit," said Southern Garrett coach Dave Taylor, whose team is No. 3 in Maryland Class 2A-1A in the latest state rankings. "We want to go all the way - state duals. We have the kids to do it. We just have to keep doing what we're doing."

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