Pine sets JB record, aims for postseason run

February 03, 2006|by ANDREW MASON

James Buchanan senior Dustin Pine went 3-0 at the Juniata Duals last Saturday, improving to 29-2 this season while becoming his school's career leader in victories with 85.

Chad Witmer, a 2004 JB graduate, had the previous record of 82.

Pine, who's No. 3 at 189 pounds in The Patriot-News District 3 Class AA rankings, still has more to check off on his lofty list of goals.

"Dustin wants to place in the top three at states and get 100 wins," Rockets coach Bill Mitchell said. "Those are big goals for him."


Pine went 1-2 at 189 at the PIAA state championships last season. He was the area's only wrestler to qualify for the prestigious tournament.

"Dustin is the first person from James Buchanan to go to states and win a match since the 1970s," Mitchell said. "That's a big deal. That's saying something. It's been a big boost for the whole program and what we're doing out here. He's been a great role model for the whole team."

Pine went 29-8 last season, winning sectionals, placing second at districts and third at regionals. Mitchell said a clean sweep of the postseason is possible this year.

"He's shooting for the state gold," Mitchell said. "It's in the palm of his hand. He just has to close it and close the deal."

He said Pine also has the goal to wrestle for an NCAA Division I program.

"He's getting a lot of looks from colleges, but he's not too worried about that right now," Mitchell said. "He's more focused on the postseason. He's a senior and he knows this is when he has to do it. He's just working on getting to states and hopefully getting that gold medal."

Franklin County Duals?

No. 1 Mercersburg Academy vs. No. 2 Chambersburg.

Which team would win?

It makes for a decent debate, but nothing more than that because the two Franklin County schools never wrestle each other.

If Chambersburg coach Doug Rine has his way, that will change, beginning next season in what he hopes will be the first Franklin County dual-meet tournament - a one-day event to be held annually each January at Mercersburg Academy.

"I got the idea a month or so ago," Rine said. "I've talked to all the coaches. Almost everybody seems to be on board."

Greencastle, James Buchanan, Waynesboro and Shippensburg also would be included.

"Everybody in Franklin County would come together for one day and wrestle each other," Rine said. "It would be really neat, get a big traveling trophy."

It also might help settle some debates.

"If this happens, who knows how we'll match up with Mercersburg?" Rine said. "I know this year we'd match up pretty well with them."

Armstrong No. 1

Hedgesville's Danny Armstrong is No. 1 at 103 in Class AAA in this season's first edition of the West Virginia Wrestling Coaches Association/ Individual Rankings, released Jan. 27.

The Eastern Panhandle's other state-ranked Class AAA wrestlers are: Jefferson's Chris Ho (sixth, 103), Colton Gustines (sixth, 112) and Garrick Skubon (seventh, 119); Musselman's Dustin Haislip (second, 125) and Jared Weatherholtz (sixth, 171); Martinsburg's Pat Hoop (seventh, 189); and Hedgesville's Billy Forquer (fifth, 152) and Greg Lyman (sixth, 215).

In Class AA-A for Berkeley Springs are Tyson Bennett (second, 160), Cody Reed (fourth, 171) and A.J. Blankenship (eighth, 119).

Salisbury gets No. 100

It takes a lot of wrestling to reach 100 career victories, so it's no surprise that St. James senior Rex Salisbury wanted to wrestle for No. 100 against Maryland School for the Deaf on Wednesday.

Instead of taking a forfeit at 152, Salisbury, who began the match with a 99-27 career record, bumped up to 160 and pinned his opponent in 1:59.

Cougars still in Antietam hunt

North Hagerstown and Williamsport each won a piece of the MVAL Antietam title, finishing the conference schedule with 5-1 records.

If Catoctin defeats Smithsburg on Saturday, the title will be split three ways. The Cougars are 4-1 in the conference.

During the season, the Hubs beat the Cougars, who beat the Wildcats, who beat the Hubs. There are no tiebreakers.

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