Saints win Holloway tourney

December 02, 2007|By CHRIS CARTER

SAINT JAMES - St. James senior Patrick Solberg proved at the Holloway wrestling tournament what the Saints learned on Thursday - he holds the upper hand on teammate Colin Stoecker.

Solberg defeated Stoecker in wrestle-offs Thursday and repeated the performance Saturday in the 125-pound championship, posting a 4-2 decision for his first Holloway title.

"It's kind of weird. I don't really like wrestling teammates," Solberg said. "You can't really get up as much as you would for a regular match."

Still, Solberg had enough motivation and his takedown in the first minute of action was the difference. The Saints were loaded at 125, as Joey Sutch took third after forfeiting to Solberg in the semifinals. Sutch did not make weight at 119.


"I wrestle Joey Sutch everyday and he probably would have won his class if he would have made weight," Solberg said. "He usually dominates me."

Solberg was one of three champions for the Saints, who won the nine-team tournament with 187 points, followed by Landon with 163 points. Maryland School for the Deaf was third with 132 1/2 and Mercersburg Academy was fourth with 125.

Saints freshman Ryan Holding won the championship at 103 by default - he was the only listing in bracket. Nonetheless he took home the first-place medal, as did Patrick Knable at 130. Knable trailed Landon's Dalton Lamson 7-0 going into the final period before scoring a pin in 4:32.

"I had to get the pin," Knable said. "Once I got him over, it was one of those situations when you have to take it because it might not happen again."

Stoecker, Adam White (152), Hunter Lind (160) and Luke Salisbury (189) each settled for runner-up honors for the Saints.

"This was a good way to start the season," St. James coach Martin said. "Anytime you finish ahead of Mercersburg, even though they're having a down year, is pretty good."

Mercersburg, which brought just eight wrestlers, had four finalists and two champions. Garrick Skubon (140) and Cody Barrick (152) each wrestled up one class and won titles, while Nathan Stanford (145) and A.J. Firestone (285) each placed second.

"I felt really good about bringing eight guys and being able to put four in the finals," Mercersburg coach Rick Hendrickson said. "I liked our aggressiveness and what I saw from our younger guys, and A.J. and Nathan wrestled smart matches to get to the finals.

"Garrick and Cody were no surprise. Their goal is to be prep All-Americans, and both of them can do it."

Skubon wrestled his first tournament match under Hendrickson after transferring from Jefferson. He dominated MSD's Wesley Francis and led 11-1 before scoring a pin in 3:41.

"I feel like I have a little bit more experience than most of the guys (at the tournament)," Skubon said. "I wrestle year-round and I wrestle some good competition. I wrestle (Barrick) everyday and he has helped me infinitely."

Skubon and Barrick usually split wins when going head-to-head in practice. Perhaps White should have asked Skubon for pointers in his championship bout against Barrick at 152. Barrick, who was named outstanding wrestler, pinned White in 47 seconds.

"I was just waiting for (White) to push up and try to go to his feet so I could throw him," Barrick said. "I saw earlier in the day that he comes up to block. I just waited for him."

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