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Borland gets senior wish

January 25, 2007|by ANDREW MASON

The North Hagerstown wrestling team's Senior Night ceremony lasted only about as long as Josh Borland's bout Wednesday night.

That was just fine with Borland, the lone senior on the Hubs' roster.

"It was really short, but oh well," he said. "It was enjoyable."

Then the real fun started against rival South Hagerstown.

Borland pinned Eric Minard in 48 seconds at 171 pounds for the night's fastest fall in the Hubs' 48-28 MVAL Antietam victory.

While it's been 15 years since South has beaten North, Borland said the Hubs still treat the matchup as a fierce rivalry.

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"We always get really worked up because it's almost like a city championship," he said. "It's always a big deal for me to beat South, especially this being my senior year. I wanted to go out with another win."

The match started at 140. Borland's pin in the fifth bout of the night gave the Hubs a 27-0 lead.

"(North coach Greg Slick) told us all week to be prepared for a tough match and never overlook a team," Borland said.

That was good advice because South didn't just throw in the towel. The Rebels won three of the next four bouts - getting a pin from Jason Waybright at 189, a forfeit from Chris Bell at 285 and a major decision from Dane Devin at 103 - to cut their deficit to 33-16 with five bouts left.

"There was an opportunity for them," Slick said, "mathematically."

Back-to-back pins by North's Tim Joliet (112) and Delon Agee (119) added up to the answer as the Hubs took an insurmountable 45-16 lead.

"With a sport like wrestling, there are intangible momentum changes," Slick said. "Tim Joliet's match was a momentum stopper."

North (10-10, 2-3) also got pins from Jim Eichelberger (140), Devin Martinez (152), Ilyas Ramizov (160) and Michael Wyne (215) and decisions from Mason Burnett (145) and Joe Breehl (130).

"I thought we'd match up better tonight and be right there with them, but we gave up too many pins," South coach Ralph Stottlemyer said. "When you give up that many pins, the score runs up pretty fast.

"They just have a better all-around squad than we have. That's about it."

Derick Boerstler (125) and Mike Hockensmith (135) added pins for the Rebels (4-14, 0-6).

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