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'Cats turn over new leaf, sweep Warriors, Rebels

December 07, 2006|by ANDREW MASON

WILLIAMSPORT - Last winter was as disappointing as it was uncharacteristic for the perennially strong Williamsport wrestling team.

The Wildcats placed fourth out of five teams at the Washington County tournament and then failed to qualify any individual wrestlers for states.

"We didn't finish the season last year like we wanted to, and a lot of guys aren't happy about it," Williamsport coach Mike Rechtorovic said. "We want to change that this year, and it all starts now."

The Wildcats couldn't have asked for a better start to the 2006-07 season, sweeping Boonsboro and South Hagerstown in an MVAL Antietam tri-meet Tuesday evening in front of their home crowd.

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After Boonsboro got by South 46-33 in the first match, Williamsport routed the Warriors 66-18 and capped the night with a 54-30 victory over the Rebels.

Ryan Llewellyn (112 pounds), Mark Mayo (119), Earl Neville (125), Peter Smith (135), Todd Judd (140), Jesse Duvall (145), Codi Trumpower (152) and Jimmy Fiorita (160) each went 2-0 for the Wildcats. Mayo, Neville, Judd and Duvall each had two pins.

"We've got a really good lineup this year," Duvall said. "We're stacked in the middleweights."

In the best matchup of the evening, Duvall came back from an early 4-1 deficit to pin Boonsboro's Jon Wood - the reigning county champ at 145 - in 2:22.

"He's a good wrestler, but I knew what to expect from him. I've beaten him before," said Duvall, who began the second period against Wood working from the top position. "He just kind of bumped off me, lost his balance and fell to his hip, and there wasn't anything he could do about it.

"I just took advantage of my opportunity."

Williamsport and South were tied 18-18 through six of the 14 bouts in the nightcap, before the Wildcats ripped off six straight victories - five pins and a forfeit - from 135 to 171 to end the suspense.

"Williamsport's got a nice team," South coach Ralph Stottlemyer said. "But we matched up better with Williamsport. Look at what they did to Boonsboro."

The Warriors' victory over South was their first season-opening win in Brian Smoot's six years as Boonsboro's coach.

With Boonsboro clinging to a 36-33 lead, Jon Hannah won a 17-6 major decision over South's Ross Carpenter in the next-to-last bout to seal the victory.

"Outside of tournaments, this is only my second dual-meet win," Smoot said. "It was a very nice way to start the season, but we didn't look very good against Williamsport. It brings you back to Earth and humbles you pretty quickly."

Twin brothers Richard Riggs (171) and Chris Riggs (189) each had two pins and Tyler Mellott (275) also went 2-0 for the Warriors.

Dane Devin (103), Derick Boerstler (130) and Chris Dodson (215) each went 2-0 for the Rebels. Devin had two pins.

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