Broad Run completes perfect run at Rebel Invitational

January 21, 2007|by ANDREW MASON

Larry Moore couldn't have scripted a better ending to South Hagerstown's 26th annual Rebel Wrestling Invitational had he tried.

When Moore, South's assistant coach, drew up the two-day schedule for the 45 dual meets, he had no idea how significant the 45th and final matchup would be Saturday evening.

Williamsport vs. Broad Run (Va.) was for the championship trophy.

"It was by accident," Moore said. "When I made this up, I had no idea who Broad Run even was."

He and the other nine teams at the Rebel know now.

Broad Run edged Williamsport 40-32 to finish 9-0 for the weekend. Williamsport - which was 7-1 going into the finale - would have won the title had it beaten Broad Run because the head-to-head matchup was to be the tiebreaker had each finished at 8-1.

The Wildcats wound up in a three-way tie for second with Westminster and Bowling Brook, each at 7-2.


After edging Westminster 36-33 to improve to 7-0, Williamsport finally fell 41-36 to Bowling Brook before losing to Broad Run.

"We wrestled hard all weekend, and we finished up with a real meat grinder with those three teams without a break," Williamsport coach Mike Rechtorovic said. "That really hurt us. We were just so exhausted.

"But Broad Run deserves all the respect. No doubt about it. They went out and beat everybody."

The Wildcats didn't go down easily against them.

Williamsport's Lake McDonald trailed Broad Run's Alex Kish 6-2 early in the second period at 171 pounds, before pinning him in 3:42 to give the Wildcats their biggest lead of the match at 26-13 with six bouts left.

"Lake was down and continued to wrestle hard," Rechtorovic said. "It was a huge match. We had just lost a couple of matches in a row and that got us back into it emotionally."

But Williamsport couldn't gain any momentum from it. Broad Run won the next five bouts, including four first-period pins, to put the match away.

St. James went 5-4 to finish fifth, while South (4-5) was sixth, Boonsboro (3-6) seventh, James Buchanan (2-7) eighth, Martinsburg (1-8) ninth and John Handley (0-9) 10th.

Bowling Brook 160-pounder Davon Tate was voted the weekend's most outstanding wrestler. He went 9-0 and was a 6-5 winner over St. James' state-ranked Jimmy Sutch, whom Tate bumped up a weight class to face.

The area's weight-class champions were St. James' Mike McClenning (8-0) at 112, Williamsport's Peter Smith (9-0) at 130, JB's Alex Buterbaugh (9-0) at 140, Boonsboro's Jon Wood (8-1) at 145 and Sutch (8-1) at 171.

Runners-up included JB's Kyler Hull (7-2) at 112, Williamsport's Earl Neville (8-1) at 119, South's Derick Boerstler (8-1) at 125, Williamsport's Jesse Duvall (7-2) at 145, Williamsport's Jimmy Fiorita (8-1) at 160 and JB's Derek Straley (8-1) at 171.

Sutch and Neville, both seniors, recorded their 100th career victories over the weekend.

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