Impressive Hubs upend Walkersville

December 10, 2008|By Bob Parasiliti

In stature, Demetrius Myers is a shadow of the man he used to be.

In a wrestling singlet, he is still the same monster he used to be.

A slimmer, more streamlined Myers made his 2008-09 debut for North Hagerstown on Wednesday but did it at his old weight class to pull out a pivotal 12-9 victory over Tim Garlintin at 215 pounds to pace the Hubs to a 56-20 win over Walkersville in an MVAL Piedmont match.

Myers wrestled at 215 pounds last year, but is scheduled to go at 189 this season. A hole in the Hubs' lineup put him back at his old weight, at least for one night.

"I had lost weight during football and got down to 189 and decided I wanted to stay there," he said with a grin. "Coach told me last week that we had an opening and I didn't want us to lose a forfeit. This is a team sport ... it's all about team."


What Myers lost in girth, he made up with quickness and smarts against Garlintin, who had a 21-pound weight advantage. Myers trailed 3-1 after the first period, but used a quick burst for a reversal and two near falls to jet out to an 11-5 lead after the second period.

The flurry settled coach Greg Slick's heart rate.

"That's a big challenge, wrestling someone 21 pounds heavier," Slick said. "There was a point I was starting to second-guess the move because that weight was wearing him down, but he came through like a champ."

Myers worked himself out with a reversal in the final two minutes and hung on for the decision to give the Hubs a 21-14 lead in the match that started with the 140 bout.

"I was able to use my quickness," Myers said. "I would make moves and I could feel him take them away from me and then I'd go to my quickness. I was quick last year, but I'm a smarter wrestler now because I'm a year older."

Dylan Dopson followed with a 1:27 pin of Chris Turner at 285 to give the Hubs a 13-point cushion heading into the lightweight section of bouts, where North received three forfiets to help put the match away.

North won seven of the 11 bouts contested.

Michael Baer (140), Davin Martinez (160) and Jeff Miller (189) adding pins. Adrian Rivas (130) won by technical fall and Nick Rowe (112) scored a decision.

North trailed 14-12 after Walkersville's Marc Neilson pinned Terrell Wilson at 171. Miller won out in a back-and-forth battle with Robert Sullivan at 189, scoring a pin at 5:44 to put the Hubs ahead to stay.

For Myers, the brief stopover at his old weight class just proved to him that he is ready to take on the smaller, skinnier guys at 189.

"I think this will help me," he said. "I'm quick, but it helps becuase I can still bully them. I'm looking forward to this because I don't see anyone who can stop me at 189."

Prep Wrestling

North Hagerstown 56, Walkersville 20

103 - Laura Cooper (NH) fft; 112 - Nick Rowe (NH) p. Sayer Smith, 3:59; 119 - Carter Baer (NH) fft; 125 - Kyle Snyder (W) p. Kolby Lefferts, 5:43; 130 - Adrian Rivas (NH) t.f. Dana Cooley, 15-0; 135 - Kevin Mothershed (NH) fft; 140 - Michael Baer (NH) p. Dillon Newett, 2:22; 145 - Tyler White (W) m.d. Micheal Leonard, 9-1; 152 - Zach White (W) m.d. Jake Turner, 10-4; 160 - Davin Martinez (NH) p. Chris Smith, 1:48; 171 - Mark Nielson (W) p. Terrell Wilson, 3:52; 189 - Jeff Miller (NH) p. Robert Sullivan, 5:44; 215 - Demetrius Myers (NH) d. Tim Garlintin, 12-9; 285 - Dylan Dopson (NH) d. Chris Turner, 1:27.

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