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Indians take down Devils

February 09, 2007|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Waynesboro wrestling team easily won three of the seven bouts that were wrestled Thursday night against Greencastle-Antrim.

The No. 1 Indians had to impose their will to win three others as they rolled past the Blue Devils, 58-16.

Zach Smith (160 pounds) and Evan Reed (215) dominated their matches with tech falls and Matt Nel (103) was just as impressive with the only first-period pin of the match.

But wins by Marc Brumbaugh (135), Ryan Arnold (189) and Jacob Smith (119) didn't come so easy.

After falling behind 11-4, Brumbaugh scored a reversal from his back on Jere Woolcock and turned it into a pin in 3:47.

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"Someone has to score on (Brumbaugh) before he gets going," said Waynesboro coach Eric Mowen. "I almost wish he could start his matches down 5-0."

Later, Arnold scored the winning takedown with seven seconds remaining in the third period for a 5-4 decision over Matt Copenhaver.

"(Arnold's) a scrappy wrestler. He's hard to score on and he's going to keep the match close," Mowen said.

Then, in the last bout of the night, Smith erased a 6-1 deficit and simply kept his shoulders off the mat as time wound down in the third period to notch a 9-8 decision over Brendon McLaughlin.

"(Smith) has been very sick. He definitely wasn't feeling well and you could tell in the middle when he was ready to quit," Mowen said. "But he picked himself up and pulled it out."

The Indians (4-7) took six of the seven bouts that were wrestled, as well as five of seven forfeits, beginning with Jesse Mowen in the opening bout at 119. Brandon Beltz (125) and Ian Smith (130) followed with wins by forfeit and, after Brumbaugh's pin, John Rock (140) picked up the Indians' fourth forfeit for a 30-0 lead.

Waynesboro surrendered the next two bouts to Alex Weiss (145) and Curtis Witmer (152) before Smith's 19-3 tech fall over Ruben Alvarez at 160 put the Indians up, 35-12.

Dale Nichols (171) was the lone Greencastle winner to be decided on the mat when he topped Shane McFerren 10-2 to cut the deficit to 35-16.

"Dale had a big win for us. I was real happy with the way he wrestled," said Greencastle coach Fred Yelton.

But the Blue Devils (8-14) had to forfeit yet another bout - to heavyweight Justin Morales - shutting the door on any possible comeback.

Reed finished off Kyle Hansen with under 10 seconds left in the third period for a 17-2 tech fall at 215 and Nel led 8-0 before pinning Mitchell Stevens in 1:13 at 103.

"Some of them were overwhelming, but I'm pleased with how our kids kept going," Yelton said. "How many times were they on their back and they kept going? That's all you can ask."

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