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Applemen have ball at Brawl

February 11, 2007|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

INWOOD, W.Va. - Thirteen area wrestlers made it to the championship finals and eight won titles at the Musselman Snow Brawl on Saturday.

The host Applemen had the most individual champions with four, while Hedgesville and Jefferson each had two.

"The kids are taking care of business," said Musselman coach Mark Cagle, whose team finished third with 167 1/2 points. "There were 19 kids ranked in their particular states for this (tournament) and to have four champions is very good."

Billy Barrett (125 pounds), Dustin Haislip (135), Josh Anderson (140) and Luke Dawson (145) took individual titles in front of their home crowd. Justin Cornwell was runner-up at 103 and Tae Huor, wrestling for Musselman's 'B' squad, fell to Anderson at 140.

"I didn't want to have to go against a teammate, but I had to do it. And I had to go for the pin," said Anderson, who scored the fall on Huor 16 seconds into the third period. "Tae's a really good wrestler, he just hasn't been able to get on varsity yet. He showed how good he was today."

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Huor has seen limited varsity action but carried a 6-0 record into his match with Anderson. He scored three first-period pins to get to the championship final - including a fall in 1:26 over top-seeded Justin Snyder from Liberty - before losing to Anderson.

"It's hard to put those guys in that situation," Cagle said. "You just go out and wrestle and let the best guy win."

The 12-team tournament brought squads from West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Warren County (Va.) took home the team title (206 1/2 points), Hedgesville was second (173), Strasburg was fourth (127 1/2) and Jefferson placed fifth (125).

Billy Forquer (152) and Jordan Golden (189) each won titles and Greg Lyman (171) and Charlie Kopp (285) each finished second. Kopp nearly claimed a third Eagles title in the final bout of the tournament, but he was called for stalling with 15 seconds remaining and fell to Liberty's Kory Gough, 4-3.

"Realistically, I thought all of them - Forquer, Lyman, Golden and Kopp - had a chance to win titles," said Hedgesville coach Bill Whittington. "We have to be more aggressive and wrestle to win. A couple of us didn't do that."

Jefferson's Chris Ho scored a key takedown with 18 seconds left and scored a 7-4 decision over Cornwell at 103. Ho improved to 4-0 in his career against Cornwell.

"It was a lot different when we wrestled last year because our matches weren't really that close," Ho said. "This year they've been a lot closer, within a couple of points. (Cornwell) has definitely improved this year."

Garrick Skubon (130) was the other champion for the Cougars, who also had four wrestlers rebound to win their third-place bouts.

"We did fairly well with what we brought," said Jefferson coach Ward Sigler. "We knew we didn't really have a chance at winning anything team-wise, but the guys came out and wrestled hard."

Martinsburg finished last in the tournament with 30 points. Jamie James was the top finisher for the Bulldogs, coming in third with a 4-1 record. He pinned Warren County's Jeremy Robinson in 1:24 in the consolation final.

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