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Wildcats in too deep vs. Rams

January 04, 2008|By CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - With all the snow that falls in parts of Western Maryland, residents have come quite accustomed to the word "plowing."

Opponents of the Southern Garrett wrestling team are becoming quite familiar with the word as well. Or, perhaps they are more well-versed with the word "plowed."

Southern Garrett, the third-ranked team in Maryland, won 10 of 14 bouts Thursday night and stormed to a 59-21 victory over Williamsport. The Rams scored nine pins and a tech fall as they improved to 3-0 in dual meets this season.

"Seeing what they did to North Hagerstown (a 51-21 win on Dec. 21) and just how strong they've been in the past, I knew it was going to be tough," said Williamsport coach Mike Rechtorovic. "Having them on the schedule is good, though. They have no real weak spots and facing them can only make us better."

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Williamsport (5-3) still managed to pull off three first-period pins and senior Peter Smith closed strong against Davey Sweitzer at 140 pounds to score the only decision of the match.

Smith trailed 8-4 early in the third period before scoring a reversal and a nearfall for a 9-8 edge with 41 seconds left. He held on to post the first Wildcats win of the evening in the fifth bout to pull the score to 23-3.

"That was a big win for Peter," Rechtorovic said. "He wrestled well to come back and win at the end."

Matt Gift surrendered an early takedown at 152 pounds before pinning Nolan Marple in 1:38 and Robbie Mies followed with Williamsport's fastest fall in 1:01 against Kody Lewis at 160 to make the score 29-15. One bout later, Drew Williams caught Jimson Lam in 1:08 to make it 35-21 with four bouts left.

"Those guys put us at a point where we could get back into it," Rechtorovic said. "We got some momentum going with a couple of quick pins."

Against the No. 3 team in the state, momentum has a strange way of disappearing, as Ryan Bennett proved with a pin at 215 to clinch the match. Returning state runner-up Sean Sisler (285), Matt Armstrong (103) and Lex Ozias (112) also scored pins to make it a rout.

"With our heavyweights and our 103- and 112-pounders, we still had a good part of the lineup to come," said Southern Garrett coach Dave Taylor. "And from 103 to 145, we don't lose many matches."

Southern Garrett's Josh Arnold (119), returning state champion George Scheffel (125), Jacob Scheffel, Nicholas Brant (135) and Jordan Skipper (145) each held true to Taylor's remark.

Smith's win was the exception.

"It went as well as we could have hoped," he said. "We lost a couple matches that we would have liked to go the other way, but we did well."

Nick Farmer also scored a first-period pin for the Rams.

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