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Borland closes in on Hub Cup goals

January 13, 2007|by CHRIS CARTER/Staff Correspondent

North Hagerstown's Josh Borland has two individual goals for the conclusion of the Hub Cup Invitational today.

The Hubs senior hopes to avenge one of his two losses this season and he wants to cap his North career with a Hub Cup championship.

He'll have a chance to do both if he can get past Ben Minturn of Damascus in the 171-pound semifinals this morning. That would land him in the championship finals, likely against top-seed Mike Mascio of Quince Orchard, who must beat Greencastle-Antrim's Dale Nichols in the other semifinal.

Borland scored two pins in a combined time of 2 minutes, 19 seconds in the opening rounds of the tournament Friday night. If Borland and Mascio both win their semifinal matches today, it would set up the rematch. Mascio scored a takedown in the final seconds to beat Borland at the Bowie Duals on Dec. 9.

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"When we wrestled earlier this year it was very close and came down to the end," Borland said. "It was tied up and he got a takedown on me with two seconds left. I'm really looking forward to wrestling him again. It was a good experience the last time, even though I lost."

If Borland can avenge the loss, he will capture his first Hub Cup title.

"Winning this tournament in my last year would really mean a lot to me," said Borland, who finished third last year. "I've been pushing myself a lot harder because I really want this one."

Other Hubs still alive in the hunt for a championship are Delon Agee and Jim Eichelberger. North hasn't had a Hub Cup champion in four years.

"I like our chances," Borland said. "We worked hard in practice this week because it's our own tournament. We want to do well in front of our fans."

Agee takes on top-seed Jason Edwards from Northwest for a spot in the 119-pound championship final. Eichelberger will face second-seed Cory Wright from Beall at 140.

The other two Washington County wrestlers still alive for a championship are Williamsport's Earl Neville and Cody Trumpower.

The second seed at 119, Neville will meet Eddie Obendorfer of Damascus in the semifinal, which could set up a potential county final in the championship between Agee and Neville.

Trumpower, the fourth seed at 145, will face Steve Byington of Thomas Johnson, the top seed, in the semis.

Greencastle has three wrestlers still alive - Jere Woolcock at 135, Nichols at 171 and Kyle Hansen at 215.

All of the wrestlers for South Hagerstown, the other area team at the tournament, are battling in the consolation rounds. Derik Boerstler (125), Jason Waybright (171) and Chris Bell (285) notched opening-round wins before losing in the quarterfinals.

"It's tough to tell in these (tournaments) because everyone is from all around," said South coach Ralph Stottlemyer. "You have different competition levels at different places and it's always tough."

As it stood through the championship quarterfinals, Greencastle was the leading area team in sixth place (46 points). North was ninth (42 1/2), Williamsport 10th (34) and South was last (7).

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