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Mies' final bout win gives Wildcats grip over Hubs

December 21, 2008|By ANDREW MASON

Fittingly, the last match of the tri-meet came down to the final bout Saturday:

Williamsport's Robbie Mies vs. North Hagerstown's Kenny Tatum at 215 pounds, with the host Wildcats clinging to a 36-33 lead over their Washington County rivals.

"There's always pressure," Mies said. "But the best thing to do is just pretend it's not there and wrestle like an underdog, like there's nothing to lose."

However, Mies -- a returning state placewinner who had 37 wins, including 29 pins, last season -- was anything but an underdog against Tatum, a first-year wrestler.

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Tatum briefly kept it interesting, before Mies pinned him in 1:29 to give Williamsport a 42-33 nonconference victory.

"It's always stressful having it relying on you," Mies said. "But I was pretty confident, especially after watching our 160-pounder."

In a pivotal bout at 160, Williamsport's Reggie Russ scored a takedown against North's Devin Martinez with 1 second left in the 1-minute, sudden-death overtime period to prevail 9-7 and give the Wildcats a 36-21 lead with three bouts left. It was the first overtime bout of Russ' career.

"I run hard every day in practice so I have good stamina," Russ said. "I just knew that we needed to win. We needed to beat North High. That was one of our goals this year."

In the first match of the day, Middletown beat Williamsport, 48-26. Then North beat MVAL Piedmont Conference foe Middletown, 39-32.

"That's what makes wrestling beautiful," Williamsport coach Mike Rechtorovic said. "It's all about the matchups. You never know from one match to the next."

The Hubs (7-6, 3-0) clinched at least a share of the Piedmont title with the win over Middletown (3-1, 0-1). If they beat South Hagerstown on Jan. 21 -- something they've done 16 straight years -- the title is all theirs.

"We still have to beat South High," North coach Greg Slick said. "It's not a done deal."

Handing the Knights their first loss of the season was a big deal.

North and Middletown each won seven bouts, but the Hubs racked up the bonus points, getting pins from Tatum (215), Dylon Dopson (285), Cori Colella (103), Michael Baer (140), Michael Leonard (145) and Terrell Wilson (171). Martinez (160) won by decision for their other victory.

"We got on a roll," Slick said. "We were very excited, but obviously not pumped up enough."

North quickly fell into a 21-0 hole against Williamsport (5-3) on pins by Matt Cody (285), Garrett Davis (103) and Kemper Baker (119) and a thrilling 13-11 overtime win by Killian Baker (112).

The Hubs cut it to 21-9 on Dustin Smith's decision at 125 and Adrian Rivas' pin at 130. But the Wildcats came right back with a pair of clutch third-period pins by Bobby Ardinger (135) and Joey Sutch (140) to make it 33-9.

The Hubs won four of the next five bouts, getting pins from Leonard (145), Gordon Landsdowne (152), Wilson (171) and Jeff Miller (189), to cut their deficit to three with one bout left.

"Every year against our county rivals, you just never know," Rechtorovic said. "It's close every year."

Cody, Sutch and the Bakers each went 2-0 on the day for the Wildcats, while Leonard and Wilson each went 2-0 for North.

Jake Turner (152) and Demetrius Myers (189), the two most accomplished wrestlers on the Hubs' roster, both were missing from the team Saturday.

"I'm not going to talk about it," Slick said. "They weren't here."

Middletown 48, Williamsport 26

at WILLIAMSPORT
189 -- Fazenbaker (W) p. Maghan, 3:36; 215 -- Johnson (M) p. Mies, 3:06; 285 -- Cody (W) p. Pope, 1:47; 103 -- Ki. Baker (W) p. B. Strube, :24; 112 -- Mossburg (M) p. Leung, :43; 119 -- Ke. Baker (W) m.d. Tice, 15-6; 125 -- C. Strube (M) p. Shoemaker, 1:08; 130 -- Long (M) p. Llewellyn, 3:42; 135 -- Minnick (M) d. Ardinger, 8-4; 140 -- Sutch (W) m.d. Overfield, 13-4; 145 -- Berger (M) d. Tyson, 12-9; 152 -- Herman (M) p. Johnson, 1:33; 160 -- Ziegler (M) p. Russ, 4:40; 171 -- Lind (M) p. Nally, 1:22.

North Hagerstown 39, Middletown 32

at WILLIAMSPORT
215 -- Tatum (NH) p. Maghan, :22; 285 -- Dopson (NH) p. Pope, :56; 103 -- Colella (NH) p. B. Strube, 3:51; 112 -- Mossburg (M) m.d. Rowe, 17-4; 119 -- Tice (M) p. Angulo, 1:04; 125 -- C. Strube (M) p. Smith, 1:22; 130 -- Long (M) m.d. Rivas, 10-2; 135 -- Minnick (M) d. Mothershed, 4-2; 140 -- M. Baer (NH) p. Overfield, 3:41; 145 -- Leonard (NH) p. Berger, 1:30; 152 -- Herman (M) d. Landsdowne, 9-7; 160 -- Martinez (NH) d. Ziegler, 5-2; 171 -- Wilson (NH) p. Lind, 1:59; 189 -- Johnson (M) fft.

Williamsport 42, North Hagerstown 33

at WILLIAMSPORT
285 -- Cody (W) p. Dopson, 2:12; 103 -- Davis (W) p. Colella, 1:39; 112 -- Ki. Baker (W) d. Rowe, 13-11, OT; 119 -- Ke. Baker (W) p. Angulo, :41; 125 -- Smith (NH) d. Shoemaker, 3-0; 130 -- Rivas (NH) p. Llewellyn, 2:48; 135 -- Ardinger (W) p. Mothershed, 5:19; 140 -- Sutch (W) p. M. Baer, 5:34; 145 -- Leonard (NH) p. Tyson, 1:19; 152 -- Landsdowne (NH) p. Johnson, 1:00; 160 -- Russ (W) d. Martinez, 9-7, OT; 171 -- Wilson (NH) p. Nally, 2:47; 189 -- Miller (NH) p. Fazenbaker, 1:42; 215 -- Mies (W) p. Tatum, 1:29.

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