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Myers meets his image, but not match to win Hub Cup

January 15, 2006|By CHRIS CARTER

Greencastle-Antrim's Conrad Myers met his match in wrestling style at the Hub Cup Invitational on Saturday night.

The Blue Devils' undefeated junior is yet to meet his match in wrestling talent.

Myers was forced to change his usual technique, but made the transition smoothly to earn a 15-6 major decision over Mike Mascio of Quince Orchard to win the 152-pound championship.

"(Mascio) mirrors me. He's the same type of wrestler as I am," Myers said. "He takes his shots like I do, but he shoots left and I shoot right. Then he started to drag his right leg, so I had to change up and go to the other side.

"I've never wrestled anyone that has the same style as me before."

Mascio pulled to within 5-4 early in the second period, but Myers answered with a takedown and near fall to regain control and assume a 10-4 lead. Myers cruised the rest of the way, yielding only a pair of escapes to Mascio.

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Myers was the area's lone champion. North Hagerstown's Derek McCarty and Joey Lamp both reached the championship finals, but were pinned. McCarty fell in 1 minute, 27 seconds to Paint Branch's Brent Stewart at 171 and Lamp was pinned in 3:34 by Aaron Finkhousen of Northwest.

"At the start of the tournament I thought we had four guys that had a chance to make it to the finals and (McCarty and Lamp) would have been two of those guys," said Hubs coach Greg Slick. "We have a very young team and for us to have two kids reach the finals is pretty good."

South Hagerstown's Jake Hockensmith had an opportunity to reach the championship bout at 145, but was forced to forefit to eventual champion Bubby Graham of Annapolis due to the broken nose he suffered on Friday.

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