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Indians come dressed for Hub Cup success

January 10, 2009|By ANDREW MASON

Waynesboro's Eric Mowen and Mike Rouzer were the only wrestling coaches wearing suits and ties Saturday at the 22nd annual Hub Cup at North Hagerstown.

The Indians clearly meant business at the tournament.

Waynesboro, competing in the Hub Cup for the first time, dominated the 18-team field with 233 1/2 points - 74 more than runner-up Williamsport.

"Our kids are more physical, which gives us an edge, and we don't give up points," said Mowen, the head coach. "It's a combination of things, and it adds up to wins."

Each of the 12 wrestlers Waynesboro brought to the tournament placed in the top six. Seven advanced to the championship finals, and Dan Mazzei (171 pounds) and Shane McFerren (189) won titles. Gabriel Lynch (125), Trey Andree (130), Derek Wagaman (135), Jesse Mowen (160) and Marvin Gaskill (285) each placed second, while Brandon Beltz (140) took third.

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Without a single wrestler seeded better than fourth, based on season records entering the tourney, the Indians showed how tough wins must be to come by in Pennsylvania.

"We didn't know anybody here, and they didn't know us," Mowen said. "A lot of coaches here couldn't believe we had kids with losing records (Lynch and Wagaman) advance to the finals.

"On average, we had eighth or ninth seeds, and we just knocked people off."

Williamsport coach Mike Rechtorovic was more than happy to finish second.

"If you would have told me in the beginning of the season that we'd be second in the Hub Cup, I would have laughed at you," he said. "But this team is continuing to work hard. We still have a long way to go, but we're getting better each time out."

The Wildcats went 3-for-3 in the championship finals, getting titles from Kemper Baker (119), Joey Sutch (135) and Robbie Mies (215). Zach Shoemaker (125) and Bobby Ardinger (130) each placed third for Williamsport.

Mies was voted the tourney's Outstanding Wrestler. After recording a pair of first-period pins Friday, he won by tech fall in the semifinals Saturday and then came through in the clutch in the finals, pinning Greencastle-Antrim's Dustin Maynard in 3:10.

Williamsport needed a pin by Mies to move ahead of Greencastle in the team standings by a half-point. The Wildcats finished with 159 1/2 points, while the Blue Devils were third with 159.

"He knew what was on the line," Rechtorovic said. "He knew the situation."

Mies had little trouble scoring against Maynard. He led 8-0 at the end of the first period and quickly made it 10-0 in the second.

But he needed the pin.

"I wasn't going to try to rush anything," Mies said. "I wanted to save my energy to make something stick."

The host Hubs, who finished in a tie for seventh, got titles in back-to-back weight classes from seniors Michael Leonard (145) and Jake Turner (152).

Leonard survived a late rally by Paint Branch's Garret Hoover in the finals, holding on for a 16-14 decision.

"I figured if he won, I had to win, too," said Turner, who beat Quince Orchard's Reed Neubaum 7-3 in the finals.

Turner had been 0-2 against Neubaum in his career, including a loss in the semifinals of last year's Hub Cup.

"This is gigantic. It feels better than winning states," Turner said. "Ever since I've been 7, I've dreamed of walking out in the spotlight of the finals in my hometown. And then I got to beat the guy who pinned me in the semis last year.

"This was my last shot. I knew (Neubaum) didn't want it as bad as I did."

Greencastle got a title from Devin Schaeffer at 160, and third-place finishes from Todd Dewalt (171) and Denton Ensminger (285).

Hub Cup

at North Hagerstown

Team scores: 1. Waynesboro 233 1/2; 2. Williamsport 159 1/2; 3. Greencastle-Antrim 159; 4. Westminster 155; 5. Magruder 153; 6. Catoctin 127; 7. North Hagerstown, Quince Orchard 124; 9. Northwest 116; 10. Mountain Ridge 89; 11. Paint Branch 69; 12. Rockville 65 1/2; 13. Annapolis 62; 14. Damascus 56; 15. South Hagerstown 39; 16. Thomas Johnson 27; 17. Rappahanock County 16 1/2; 18. Linganore 16.

Championship finals

103 - Eli Bienstock (QO) t.f. Jon Sweeney (Ca) 18-3; 112 - Seth Chilson (Ca) d. Jordan Tolbert (Ma) 10-7; 119 - Kemper Baker (Wi) p. Cody Clise (MR) 5:15; 125 - Michael Henning (Nw) d. Gabriel Lynch (Wa) 17-15, OT; 130 - Darian Meador (We) d. Trey Andree (Wa) 15-9; 135 - Joey Sutch (Wi) d. Derek Wagaman (Wa) 7-2; 140 - Arthur Holland (QO) m.d. Tyler Luckett (Nw) 15-4; 145 - Michael Leonard (NH) d. Garret Hoover (PB) 16-14; 152 - Jake Turner (NH) d. Reed Neubaum (QO) 7-3; 160 - Devin Schaeffer (GA) d. Jesse Mowen (Wa) 6-1; 171 - Dan Mazzei (Wa) d. David Leveille (Ca) 5-3; 189 - Shane McFerren (Wa) d. Rob Thomas (An) 12-5; 215 - Robbie Mies (Wi) p. Dustin Maynard (GA) 3:10; 285 - Dimitri Branford (An) d. Marvin Gaskill (Wa) 4-2, OT.

Third-place bouts

103 - Ravi Choxi (Ma) d. Isaak Swink (Wa), 6-3; 112 - Brian Lillehaug (We) p. Brenden McLaughlin (GA) 3:45; 119 - Max Schneiderman (Ma) m.d. Tony Chicuto (We) 16-4; 125 - Zach Shoemaker (Wi) d. Dustin Smith (NH) 8-6; 130 - Bobby Ardinger (Wi) d. Sam Turow (Nw) 8-3; 135 - Mike Roberts (PB) d. Casey Crowell (TJ) 7-5; 140 - Brandon Beltz (Wa) p. Ricky Pownall (We) 1:22; 145 - Jack Cunningham (Ma) d. Ian Anderson (SH) 3-2; 152 - Mike Hoff (We) d. Dylan Schaeffer (GA) 8-4; 160 - Tommy Rej (Ca) m.d. Chris Rallie (Ma) 14-2; 171 - Todd Dewalt (GA) d. Greg Hamilton (Nw) 2-1; 189 - John Rinaldi (Ma) m.d. Fred Stephenson (Da) 11-1; 215 - Kyle Caine (We) p. Natan Payne (Ma) 3:12; 285 - Denton Ensminger (GA) p. Matt Cody (Wi) 1:36.

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