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'Cats open wrestling season with sweep

December 07, 2008|By ANDREW MASON

Despite losing the majority of its starters from last season's MVAL Antietam championship wrestling team, Williamsport picked up where it left off.

The Wildcats beat Boonsboro 48-35 and host South Hagerstown 66-16 in a season-opening tri-meet Saturday.

"We have some new guys on the team who can definitely help cushion the loss of all those seniors," Williamsport coach Mike Rechtorovic said.

Two of the newcomers -- freshman Zach Shoemaker (130 pounds) and junior transfer Joey Sutch (152) -- each went 2-0 with two pins Saturday.

"I was pretty good in junior league," Shoemaker said. "But high school is the time to shine, so you have to step it up."

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Sutch shined for St. James last season at 119, going 34-3. But he wrestled at 152 Saturday, after weighing in at 142.

"I was a little nervous at 152, but I was fine with it," said Sutch, who hopes to eventually compete at 135. "I'm hoping to make it to states and do well there."

In the first match of the day, South beat Boonsboro 52-30.

But then the Warriors, who had to forfeit at three weights, came right back and won six of the 11 bouts which were actually contested on the mat against Williamsport.

"I think that's about the most points we've ever scored against Williamsport," Boonsboro coach Brian Smoot said. "We won our fair share. You can't beat that."

That result had the Rebels hopeful heading into the final match of the day against the Wildcats.

But wrestling is all about the individual matchups. And against Williamsport, South was overmatched.

"You never know about this wrestling," South coach Ralph Stottlemyer said. "I didn't expect to beat Boonsboro that bad. And then after Boonsboro wrestled Williamsport real close, I thought it would be a battle to the end between us and Williamsport.

"I'm still trying to figure it all out."

Kemper Baker (125), Ryan Llewellyn (135), Ramon Aviles (145), Robbie Mies (215) and Matt Cody (285) also each went 2-0 for Williamsport. Llewellyn and Aviles each had two pins.

For South, Eric Davis (140) and Ian Anderson (152, 160) each had two pins, while Kadeem Brim (189) had two major decisions. Rebels junior Dustin Rowland, the reigning Washington County champ at 285, failed to make weight Saturday, weighing in at 294.

"He should be there by next week," Stottlemyer said. "He was 320 during football season."

Nathaniel Proce (103), T.J. Boreni (112), Joe Minoglio (119), Stephen Miller (160) and Jon Best (171) each went 2-0 for Boonsboro. Proce, Miller and Best each had two pins. Against Williamsport, Miller and Best both overcame third-period deficits.

"We made some silly mistakes in that first match against Boonsboro," Rechtorovic said. "We have a lot of young kids in the lineup right now. We just have to learn from today. We only start two seniors, so we have a lot of work to do."

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