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Broad Run hopes history repeats at Rebel Duals

January 19, 2008|By ANDREW MASON

Last year, Williamsport and Broad Run wrestled in the very last match of the two-day Rebel Duals at South Hagerstown, and by happenstance, it was for the title.

Williamsport and Broad Run met again late Friday night, capping off Day 1 of the Rebel Duals. And - who knows - the result might end up determining the champion again.

Broad Run, which beat Williamsport 40-32 last year, can only hope history repeats itself after posting a 45-33 victory over the Wildcats on Friday.

"We're still not out of it," Williamsport coach Mike Rechtorovic said. "We have four more matches to win tomorrow. Broad Run still has to wrestle Westminster. We still have to wrestle Westminster. ... But Westminster is looking good."

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Each of the eight teams at South had three matches Friday and will have four more today. The team with the best record at the end is champion.

Broad Run and Westminster each went 3-0 Friday, Williamsport and St. James each went 2-1, Martinsburg and host South each went 1-2 and Boonsboro and James Buchanan each went 0-3.

After rolling over Martinsburg 64-18 and Boonsboro 69-9, Williamsport - The Herald-Mail's No. 3 team - got off to a strong start against Broad Run. A pin by Drew Williams in the first bout at 189 pounds gave the Wildcats a 6-0 lead. Seven bouts later, they led 27-18, after getting pins from Matt Cody (285), Bobby Ardinger (119) and Brandon Morales (130) and a decision from Kemper Baker (112).

With six bouts left, Rechtorovic wasn't overly confident.

"I knew they had those middleweights to come up who are very tough," he said. "I remember them from last year."

Broad Run climbed out of the 27-18 hole by winning the next four bouts, including three by fall, to take a 39-27 lead with only two bouts left.

Williamsport got a pin from Robbie Mies at 160 to make it 39-33, and then needed another pin in the final bout at 171 from Damian Coates - who instead got pinned.

"Their 171-pounder is tough. I knew that was going to be a tough one for us to win," Rechtorovic said. "Broad Run is a tough team, and we just didn't wrestle well."

In other action, South beat James Buchanan 47-36 for its first win of the season. The victory was fueled by pins from Dane Devin (125), Jake Carder (130), Ian Anderson (145) and Kevin Quintinilla (215).

"The guys work hard every week and are getting better each match," South coach Ralph Stottlemyer said. "They're going to get a few wins. They never give up."

While JB was winless, its star shined as brightly as any, as Derek Straley went 3-0 at 171 to improve to 8-0 on the season.

After scoring first-period pins against St. James and South, Straley scored a pair of buzzer-beating back points for a 15-0 tech fall over Westminster's Scott Gill - JB's lone win in a 54-5 loss to the Owls.

"That was probably my toughest match of the year, going all three periods," said Straley, who has six first-period pins and two tech falls this season.

Action resumes at 10 a.m. today. Broad Run and Westminster will meet in the first round of matches.

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