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'Cats in line to punch ticket to Southern Garrett

February 08, 2008|By ANDREW MASON

The Maryland Class 2A-1A West Duals will be held Wednesday at Southern Garrett.

That's about the only certainty right now. At 14-0, the Rams have clinched the top seed and the right to host the four-team tournament.

Williamsport (11-3) is still in the running to be one of the other three teams. The Wildcats closed out their regular season Jan. 31 with a 54-12 victory over James Buchanan, and have been playing the waiting game ever since.

Saturday is the MPSSAA's final date for regular-season duals.

"We've done everything we can do at this point," Williamsport coach Mike Rechtorovic said. "We just have to wait and see how it all finishes up."

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As of Thursday afternoon, 2A-1A West director Bill Hyson unofficially had Mountain Ridge as the second seed at 10-2 and South Carroll and Williamsport tied for third at 11-3 each. Defending region champ Northern Garrett was only 8-3, but had three matches left.

Again, that's all unofficial.

But if Williamsport, South Carroll and Northern Garrett all end up with the same record, one of them will have to stay home. There are several criteria to break ties.

"It's good for the region, as competitive as we are, but it's also a painful squeeze," Hyson said. "I hope it doesn't come down to a coin toss because that would be pretty cruel."

The region semifinals Wednesday will be No. 1 vs. No. 4 and No. 2 vs. No. 3. The finals will immediately follow.

"If at all possible, not having to face Southern Garrett right away would be a big help," Rechtorovic said. "But either way, no matter what seed we'd go as, we're going to have a tough match."

The Wildcats fell 59-21 to Southern Garrett on Jan. 3 and lost 42-28 to Mountain Ridge on Dec. 12.

* Williamsport's record actually is 16-5, but the MPSSAA doesn't count results from dual-meet tournaments. The Wildcats went 5-2 at the Rebel Duals at South Hagerstown last month.

* The 2A-1A and 4A-3A state duals both will be held Feb. 16 at North Carroll.

Maryland doubleheader

The MPSSAA and Atlantic Coast Conference wrestling tournaments both will take place March 8 in College Park, Md.

The high school championships will be held at Cole Field House with semifinals at 11 a.m. and finals at 5:30 p.m., while the Terps will host the ACC championships at Comcast Center with semifinals at 2 p.m. and finals at 8.

Each tournament will offer a ticket discount to fans attending the other tourney.

For information, contact the MPSSAA at 410-767-0555 or the University of Maryland ticket office at 800-462-8377.

Skubon hits 100

James Buchanan's Derek Straley wasn't the only wrestler who reached 100 career wins at the Franklin County Tournament last weekend.

The Rockets also had a century mark pinned on them.

Mercersburg Academy's Garrick Skubon stuck JB's Nathan Rosenberry in 4:37 for his 100th career victory on his way to winning the 135-pound weight class.

Skubon, an All-Area Second Team selection as a junior at Jefferson last year, is 26-3 for the Blue Storm this season. He went 76-36 with the Cougars.

Last of the unbeatens

North Hagerstown senior Jim Eichelberger (145) and Berkeley Springs senior Cody Reed (189) are the area's last two unbeaten wrestlers. Eichelberger is 26-0, while Reed is 33-0.

Reed, the reigning West Virginia Class AA-A state champ at 189, did not compete in last weekend's Potomac Valley Conference tournament. Indians coach Darrell Bennett said he gave him the weekend off to rest a sore ankle and back.

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