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Turner leaving mark at Hub Cup

January 09, 2009|By Chris Carter

North Hagerstown's Jake Turner has a history at the Hub Cup.

Now the 152-pound senior is ready to leave his legacy.

Turner is one of six Hubs still alive in the 22nd annual invitational wrestling tournament, and he's already planned his agenda for the final rounds today.

"I've been wrestling since I was 7 years old and I've always been coming to North High matches and the Hub Cup," said Turner, who scored two first-period pins in early action Friday night. "I even used to run the spotlights for the championship matches, so it would be special to be able to have them on me this year."

Turner must first get past second-seeded Mike Hoff of Westminster in the championship semifinals. Should he do that, he likely will have a rematch with Quince Orchard's Reed Neubaumm, who pinned Turner in the championship semis of the Hub Cup last year.

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It was Turner's only loss in the tourney last year, when he placed third.

"I'm ready. I'm just going to wrestle my style and try to run the match," Turner said. "I hope they're as ready as me because I want to be under the spotlights."

Dustin Smith (125 pounds), Adrian Rivas (130), Michael Leonard (145), Devin Martinez (160) and Terrell Wilson (171) are also alive for titles for the Hubs, who were in third place with 61 points following the championship quarterfinals.

The six semifinalists weren't enough to keep up with Waynesboro, which leads the invitational with 92 points and has nine wrestlers still alive for titles.

Jacob Smith (112), Chip Lynch (125), Trey Andree (130), Derek Wagaman (135), Brandon Beltz (140), Jesse Mowen (160), Dan Mazzei (171), Shane McFerren (189) and Marvin Gaskill (285) each went 2-0 on Friday.

"It's a little better than I expected," said Indians coach Eric Mowen. "Some of our kids knocked off higher seeds, which they had to do because the records weren't as good.

"I think our style of wrestling matches up with these guys because it's a little more physical. That's how we pulled a lot of those matches out."

Greencastle-Antrim trailed North by only one with 60 points after the championship quarters. Still alive for the Blue Devils are Tyler Ezolt (140), Devin Schaeffer (160) and Dustin Maynard (215).

Williamsport, which was sixth with 55.5 points, has four wrestlers in the hunt for titles -- Kemper Baker (119), Zach Shoemaker (125), Joey Sutch (135) and Robbie Mies (215).

Baker and Mies are no strangers to meaningful Saturday wrestling at the Hub Cup after both reached the championship semis last year. But both lost their bouts -- Mies won his consolation bout to place third at 160, while Baker took fourth at 112.

Sutch made his first appearance at the Hub Cup, but his contention is not necessarily surprising.

"Robbie, Kemper and Joey were all higher seeds and they took care of business. They shouldn't be nervous," said Wildcats coach Mike Rectorovic. "(Shoemaker) is a freshman and ends up pinning the No. 2 seed in the quarters. When he's on he can really wrestle."

South Hagerstown had no wrestlers still alive in the championship round and was 17th of 18 teams with just nine points.

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Team Scores (through championship quarterfinals)

Waynesboro 92; Magruder 72.5; North Hagerstown 61; Greencastle 60; Catoctin 56; Williamsport 55.5; Westminster 53; Quince Orchard 47; Northwest 42; Paint Branch 40; Mountain Ridge 34; Annapolis 29; Rockville 27; Damascus 25; Linganore 14; Rappahannock County 11; South Hagerstown 9; Thomas Johnson 0.

Championship Semifinals

103 -- Eli Bienstock (QO) vs. Tyler Green (We); Ravi Choxi (Mg) vs. Jon Sweeney (Ca).

112 -- Jordan Tolbert (Mg) vs. Jacob Smith (Wa); Lenny Vega (MR) vs. Seth Chilson (Ca).

119 -- Kemper Baker (Wi) vs. Tony Chicuto (We); Cody Clise (MR) vs. Max Schneiderman (Mg).

125 -- Michael Henning (NW) vs. Dustin Smith (NH); Gabriel Lynch (Wa) vs. Zach Shoemaker (Wi).

130 -- Gerritt Baer (Ca) vs. Darian Meador (We); Adrian Rivas (NH) vs. Trey Andree (Wa).

135 -- Mike Roberts (PB) vs. Joey Sutch (Wi); Derek Wagaman (Wa) vs. Aarron Addison (QO).

140 -- Tyler Luckett (NW) vs. Tyler Ezolt (Gr); Brandon Beltz (Wa) vs. Arthur Holland (QO).

145 -- Jack Cunningham (Mg) vs. Michael Leonard (NH); Jeremy Byrd (An) vs. Garret Hoover (PB).

152 -- Reed Neubaum (QO) vs. Zeke Gammill (Da); Jake Turner (NH) vs. Mike Hoff (We).

160 -- Jesse Mowen (Wa) vs. Tommy Rej (Ca); Devin Schaeffer (Gr) vs. Devin Martinez (NH).

171 -- David Leveille (Ca) vs. Terrell Wilson (NH); Dan Mazzei (Wa) vs. Jimmy Hughes (Mg).

189 -- Matthew Yin (Ro) vs. Shane McFerren (Wa); James Taylor (PB) vs. Rob Thomas (An).

215 -- Ian Banson (PB) vs. Dustin Maynard (Gr); Robbie Mies (Wi) vs. Kyle Caine (We).

285 -- Denton Ensmiger (Gr) vs. Dimitri Branford (An); Marvin Gaskill (Wa) vs. Jeremy Diley (RC).

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