Williamsport sweeps South, Boonsboro

December 08, 2007|By CHRIS CARTER

BOONSBORO - The Williamsport wrestling team has a long road to travel, according to coach Mike Rechtorovic.

But if Friday night's tri-match against South Hagerstown and Boonsboro is any indication, the journey should be a rewarding one.

The Wildcats swept the county opener, topping Boonsboro 59-24 before thumping South 69-8. Boonsboro salvaged a split in the last match of the evening, doubling up the Rebels 54-27.

"We didn't wrestle bad, but we still have quite a way to go," said Rechtorovic. "We could improve our conditioning and we just need to get more mat time. We couldn't practice Wednesday or (Thursday) because of the weather, so that didn't really help us, either."

Williamsport (2-0) got five pins, four forfeits and a tech fall in the win over Boonsboro. Against South, the Wildcats won 12 of 14 bouts with 11 falls.


Kemper Baker, Nate Tyson and Bobby Ardinger scored their first varsity wins - Baker and Tyson were among nine Wildcats who finished 2-0 on the night. Baker, a freshman, scored two first-period pins at 112 pounds, while Tyson had the only tech fall of the night at 130. The Wildcats sophomore was on his way to a second tech win before scoring a second-period pin against South.

"Kemper Baker wrestled well, and Nate Tyson was a bit of a surprise," Rechtorovic said. "As first-year varsity wrestlers, they showed a lot."

Justin Iseminger, Brandon Morales, Peter Smith, Jesse Duvall, Codi Trumpower, Robbie Mies and Drew Williams also finished with two wins for the Wildcats. Smith, Mies and Williams each had two pins.

Boonsboro (1-1) was forced to forfeit four bouts in each of its matches, which tipped the scales in favor of the Wildcats in the opening match. But the Warriors managed to overcome the 24 surrendered points against South (0-2), as all nine of their wins came by fall.

"Against a good team like Williamsport, we pretty much know we're not going to win because we give up so many points," said Boonsboro coach Brian Smoot. "Against a team like South, we have a better shot because in the ones we do wrestle, we match up better. ... We only gave up a decision against South.

Boonsboro clinched the match after Sam McLernon's 49-second fall at 189 pounds - one of three pins in the first minute for the Warriors against South. Travis Boreni (103 pounds), Michael McClenning (119) and brothers Richard and Chris Riggs (160, 171) each went 2-0 with two pins for the Warriors.

"I can say I expected that from the Riggses," Smoot said. "But McClenning is a transfer from St. James and he stepped in and gives us a strong class at 119. And Boreni was between 85 and 90 pounds last year and he was kind of taking his licks. I think he got tired of it and decided to make a change."

Aside from forfeits, South won only three bouts. Against Williamsport, Travis Oyler scored a second-period pin at 152, and Dustin Rowland had a 7-5 decision at 285. Dane Devin notched a 7-2 decision against Boonsboro at 125.

"I've got 30 kids out, but I only have about six or seven with any experience at all," South coach Ralph Stottlemyer said. "Hopefully a lot of the guys will improve down the road, if they don't lose interest first."

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