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Williamsport puts scare into unbeaten Westminster

January 17, 2009|By ANDREW MASON

By ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

The Williamsport wrestling team gave Westminster coach Sam Gardner fits the night before the Rebel Invitational at South Hagerstown even began.

"I was sweating Williamsport pretty hard," Gardner said. "I had a bad dream (Thursday) night and woke up all sweaty and confused. When I do that, I know I'm worried about a team, and I was worried about Williamsport."

He probably had a more restful sleep Friday night.

Westminster (9-0) capped off its 4-0 run in the round-robin opening day of the five-team, dual-meet tournament with a 48-24 victory over Williamsport (9-4).

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The Owls took the top seed for today's double-elimination, bracketed action. And they almost definitely will have to face Williamsport again to win it all.

The Wildcats went 3-1 Friday, while Boonsboro, James Buchanan and South each went 1-3.

The only real competition either Westminster or Williamsport had Friday was against each other.

The Wildcats jumped out to an 8-3 lead against the Owls through three bouts, before Westminster strung together six straight pins from 140 to 189 pounds to seal the victory with an insurmountable 39-8 lead.

Williamsport coach Mike Rechtorovic said the probable rematch today won't be any easier.

"There's not a lot we can do differently," he said. "There were some close matches that went their way and they ended up pinning us. Hopefully we can turn that around tomorrow."

Kemper Baker (119 pounds), Zach Shoemaker (125) and Joey Sutch (135) each went 4-0 for Williamsport.

In one of the night's top bouts, James Buchanan's Alex Buterbaugh won a 6-1 decision at 215 over Williamsport's Robbie Mies, the Outstanding Wrestler at last weekend's Hub Cup.

He scored a reversal in the second period and two takedowns in the third.

"I never wrestled him before, but I knew it would be a tough match," said Buterbaugh, who is 13-0 this season and just two wins shy of 100 for his career. "I just zoned in and focused. It seems like the tougher the matches I have, the better I wrestle."

Ian Anderson (145) and Dustin Rowland (285) each went 4-0 for South, while Jon Best (171) went 4-0 for Boonsboro.

Rowland, who had four pins, probably has the award for the quickest pin of the tourney already locked up with his 8-second fall against Boonsboro. Rowland, the defending Washington County champ at 285, also avenged his Hub Cup loss to Williamsport's Matt Cody.

Boonsboro avenged its 52-30 season-opening loss to South, beating the Rebels 48-33 Friday.

"We just wrestled better than last time. That's what it comes down to," Boonsboro coach Brian Smoot said. "We've improved. We're not giving up as many points, and we finally have the kids together. We're just taking it one match at a time."

South's lone win came against James Buchanan, which beat Boonsboro.

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