Wilmot lone member of Trojans' century club

January 25, 2008|By ANDREW MASON

Senior 160-pounder Joey Wilmot became the first wrestler in Chambersburg history to reach 100 career victories when he pinned Littlestown's Thomas Showvaker at the Gettysburg Duals this past weekend.

Wilmot is 24-0 this season and 100-26 for his career, through Wednesday.

"From a skills standpoint, he's as good as anybody I've ever coached," Chambersburg coach Doug Rine said.

Wilmot passed former heavyweight star Tyler Hart (93-23) on the Trojans' all-time wins list two weeks ago.

While Hart, a 2000 Chambersburg graduate, was a two-time PIAA Class AAA state placewinner, Wilmot might just settle for reaching the state tourney, something he has yet to do.

Last year, Wilmot finished fourth at 152 in the District 3 championships - one place shy of advancing, but still quite an accomplishment.


"Other than a few weight classes, all three kids who got through District 3 came home with a state medal last year," Rine said. "The best wrestling in the state right now, no question in my mind, is happening right here in District 3. And if it's some of the best in the state, it's some of the best in the country."

District powers Central Dauphin and Cumberland Valley both are ranked in the top 25 in the nation by Amateur Wrestling News.

When Chambersburg faces Cumberland Valley this evening, Wilmot might get a shot at Michael Evans, last year's district champ at 152. Evans is expected to wrestle at either 160 or 171 against the Trojans and at 160 in the postseason.

"We're still trying to decide if (Wilmot) is going to stay at '60 or drop to '52," Rine said. "If he beats Evans, he'll probably stay at '60."

Wilmot is ranked second in the district at 160 by The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News, as is sophomore teammate Jimmy Hughes at 119.

If Wilmot is going to be joined by anyone in Chambersburg's century club, it likely will be Hughes, who is 21-1 this season and 52-7 for his career, through Wednesday. His only loss this season was to a New York state champion at a holiday duals tourney.

"I'd love for both of them to get to states," said Rine of his two stars. "And I really, truly believe that if they get there, they're going to come home with a medal. Right now, the most difficult task as far as earning a state medal is to get through our district. Wrestling right now in District 3 is unbelievably tough."

* While earning Most Outstanding Wrestler honors at the Rebel Duals at South Hagerstown this past weekend, senior 171-pounder Derek Straley also set the James Buchanan record for most career wins.

Straley, who's 14-0 this season and 92-35 for his career, went 7-0 at the Rebel to pass the mark of 86 wins set by Dustin Pine two years ago.

County showdown

Williamsport (14-5, 3-0) needs to beat host Smithsburg (5-3, 0-1) this Wednesday to complete a perfect run through the MVAL Antietam.

Smithsburg's losses are to Brunswick, North Hagerstown and Middletown - three teams the Wildcats have beaten this season. The Leopards, who beat Williamsport 42-33 last year to clinch the Antietam title, also are the three-time defending Washington County tournament champs.

"Us and Smithsburg, it doesn't matter what the records are," Williamsport coach Mike Rechtorovic said. "Records don't matter when you're wrestling county rivals like that."

The Wildcats likely will be without senior 152-pounder Matt Gift (11-11). Rechtorovic said Gift suffered a dislocated kneecap Wednesday during the team's win over Catoctin.

"I'll be really surprised if he makes it back this year," the coach said.

City showdown

Thursday evening's North-South match was postponed to Feb. 4 at South. It was rescheduled because the Rebels' lineup was weakened by the flu.

The Hubs have won the city showdown each of the last 15 years.

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