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JB's Straley shuts out foes at Rebel Duals

January 20, 2008|By ANDREW MASON

The better half so far of Derek Straley's senior wrestling season took place at South Hagerstown this weekend. And it couldn't have gone much better for the James Buchanan 171-pounder.

Straley walked into South's gym Friday afternoon with a 5-0 record. He left Saturday evening with a 12-0 mark and a plaque for being voted Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Rebel Duals.

"It was a lot of fun, a big confidence booster," said Straley, who didn't give up a single point while going 7-0 with five first-period pins, a second-period pin and a third-period tech fall.

"Derek's our leader," said JB coach Matt Gordon, who purposely backloaded the Rockets' schedule this season in an attempt to have them more prepared for the postseason. "He sets the standard in the practice room and on the mat during matches. His dedication and intensity levels are the best they can be."

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The wrestlers with the most wins in each weight class were the individual champions in the eight-team field.

Westminster took home eight of the 14 first-place medals, along with the team title, as the Owls dominated en route to a 7-0 weekend. Their closest match was a 45-15 win over defending champ Broad Run on Saturday morning.

Broad Run finished 6-1 for second, Williamsport went 5-2 for third and Martinsburg went 4-3 for fourth.

"Westminster (13-1) came here and handled everybody. There are very few holes in their lineup," Williamsport coach Mike Rechtorovic said. "They're used to wrestling that Carroll County competition, and there are no easy matches in that county."

Williamsport (12-5) had four weight-class champs - Kemper Baker (7-0 at 112), Brandon Morales (6-1 at 130), Jesse Duvall (6-1 at 140) and Robbie Mies (7-0 at 160).

Baker's unbeaten weekend included a third-period pin of Westminster's Tony Chicuto. In the consolation finals at last weekend's Hub Cup at North Hagerstown, Chicuto blanked Baker 10-0 to take third at 112.

"After that match, I started working harder in the practice room," Baker said. "I knew I had to get to his level to beat him this week. ... I was looking forward to it."

The area's other champ was St. James sophomore Joey Sutch, who went 7-0 with three pins at 119.

"I wasn't that good last year, but I wrestled a ton over the summer. It was like I got another season," said Sutch, who's 25-1 this season.

Sutch's older brother, Jimmy, went 39-3 as a senior at St. James last year.

"(Jimmy) always criticizes everything I do," Sutch said. "That helps out a lot because I listen to him."

The runners-up included: Boonsboro's Jon Miller (5-1 at 119), South's Jake Carder (6-1 at 130) and Dustin Rowland (5-2 at 285), St. James' C.W. Wollard (5-2 at 135), JB's Alex Buterbaugh (6-1 at 152) and Williamsport's Drew Williams (6-0 at 189).

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