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Wildcats wrest away Antietam

January 31, 2008|By ANDREW MASON

SMITHSBURG - The reigning MVAL Antietam Conference champions woke up in Smithsburg on Wednesday morning and went to bed in Williamsport on Wednesday night.

The No. 3 Wildcats beat the No. 5 Leopards 40-29 to complete a perfect dual-meet run through both the Antietam and Washington County. Williamsport, which hosts James Buchanan tonight for its final dual, improved to 15-5 (4-0), while Smithsburg, last year's Antietam champ, fell to 7-4 (1-2).

"Coming into the season, people probably would have chosen us third in the conference behind Smithsburg and Brunswick. And to be able to beat both of them and go undefeated through the conference, that was our No. 1 goal," Williamsport coach Mike Rechtorovic said. "Our second goal was to beat our county rivals, and we managed to do that.

"I'm extremely proud of my team. We had three starters out tonight (Codi Trumpower at 145, Matt Gift at 152 and Drew Williams at 189) and we still found a way to win."

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The match began with Williamsport's Matt Cody pinning Tyler Darby in 3:13 at 285 pounds. After Smithsburg's Monica Hovermale evened the score at 6-6 with a pin at 103, Kemper Baker gave the Wildcats the lead for good with a pin at 112.

"Matt Cody started us off with a lot of momentum," Rechtorovic said. "That was a swing match. We weren't sure where it was going to go."

The Wildcats' most crucial wins were at 160 and 171.

With Williamsport leading 33-19 through 10 bouts, Robbie Mies dominated Smithsburg's Alex Akers -- the defending county champ at 160 -- for a 15-3 major decision at 160 and a 37-19 Wildcats lead.

"(Akers) is a real strong guy, real athletic," said Mies, who outscored Akers 11-0 after the first period on a reversal and three nearfalls. "I had to go on my technique."

To secure the win for Williamsport, Damian Coates only needed to avoid being pinned by Smithsburg's Jeb Slick at 171. And Coates did much more than that, coming out on top of a 10-9 thriller to give his team an insurmountable 40-19 lead.

Early in the bout, it looked like Coates was in trouble.

"I thought I was, too," said Coates, who trailed 4-0 almost instantly. "But all he was doing was headlock, and I just stopped him from doing it."

The Leopards won the final two bouts, getting a major decision at 189 from Tyler Scott and a pin at 215 from David Ridenour. Also for Smithsburg, Nick Dilandro won by decision at 119, James Reilley won by major decision at 135 and Brandon Knight won by fall at 145.

The Wildcats, who are in contention for a berth in the Maryland 2A-1A West Duals, also got pins from Justin Iseminger (125) and Jesse Duvall (140), a decision from Peter Smith (152) and a win by forfeit from Nate Tyson (130).

"Williamsport wanted to be conference champs. They went out and did what they had to do," Smithsburg coach Joe Dietrich said. "We didn't do what we needed to do to stand in their way. Sometimes the kids just aren't as fired up as they need to be."

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