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(For) Fitting finish

In give-and-take battle, Warriors take more than they give

In give-and-take battle, Warriors take more than they give

December 19, 2006|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - The Boonsboro wrestling team finally met its match when it comes to forfeiting matches.

For years, Boonsboro has been forced to concede bouts because of an incomplete roster, and the Warriors did so again Monday night against James Buchanan.

Fortunately for Boonsboro, the 2006 Rockets have the same problem.

JB forfeited the last four bouts of the match - at 189, 215, 275 and 103 pounds - to help the Warriors to a 42-35 victory after trailing by 23 points.

Of the 14 bouts, eight resulted in forfeit - including a double-forfeit at 135 - and the other six were decided by pinfall, with each team winning three.

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"When I look at it, I take away all the forfeits and just look at what happened in the matches that were wrestled," said Boonsboro coach Brian Smoot, who's given up as many as 42 points and never fewer than 18 via forfeit in his six years with the Warriors.

Jon Miller moved down a weight class to 119 and picked up Boonsboro's first win with a second-period pin of Kyler Hull. Miller led the bout 8-6 before collecting the fall in 3:20.

Jon Wood shut out Cody Klouser before notching a second-period pin in 2:21 and Richard Riggs remained unbeaten in dual meets at 171 with a pin of Jesse Millsaps in 2:43.

"Jon Miller is a first-year wrestler, but he wrestled very well and surprised me a little bit," Smoot said. "A lot of what we did was catching them when they made a mistake. Like Jon Wood, he caught his guy high and took advantage."

Smoot expected a better showing from Jon Hannah, who was pinned by Derek Straley in 1:32 to put JB ahead 35-12 with five bouts remaining. Earlier in the match for the Rockets (1-7), Jon Martz opened with a pin of Dustin Williams at 112 and Alex Buterbaugh posted the quickest pin of the match (0:39) against Daniel Cruz at 140.

"The ones that got pins took control and wrestled well. The ones that got pinned were giving up too much," said Rockets coach Matt Gordon.

Richard Riggs' pin closed the gap to 35-18 and Chris Riggs (189), Jarad Taylor (215), Andrew Crampton (285) and T.J. Boreni (103) closed out the match with forfeit wins to give Boonsboro (2-1) the victory.

The Warriors forfeited to JB's Anthony Morales (125), Dylan Upperman (130) and Nathan Dick (152). Boonsboro has forfeited at 130 and 152 in each of its three dual meets this season.

"This is all we have," Smoot said. "If anything we're going to lose guys as the season goes on, not gain them."

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