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Hair to the throne

North wrestlers sport mohawks while reigning over South

North wrestlers sport mohawks while reigning over South

January 22, 2009|By ANDREW MASON

North Hagerstown beating South Hagerstown in wrestling almost seems to be as certain as death and taxes.

The host Hubs won 12 of 14 bouts against the Rebels on Wednesday night to prevail 69-9 in an MVAL Piedmont match, extending their winning streak over their city rivals to 17 straight years.

"We don't like to talk about the streak outside the practice room. You don't want to jinx something like that," North coach Greg Slick said. "It's just a match that we get up for every year. North vs. South is always something the kids get excited about."

The Hubs (10-7, 4-0) -- who clinched the Piedmont title with the win -- were so pumped about facing the Rebels (2-13, 0-4) that several members of the team sported new mohawks.

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"We were definitely all fired up," North senior co-captain Devin Martinez said. "We've been pumped about it for a while. We wanted to do something to make it special. So mohawks -- why not?"

The Rebels -- whose roster has thinned from 24 wrestlers to 10 since the beginning of the season due to injuries, illnesses and suspensions -- had to forfeit at five weight classes Wednesday. That in itself gave the Hubs a 30-point advantage.

"But we had to wrestle nine other bouts, and that could have resulted in a win for South," Slick said. "But it didn't."

Not even close.

Dustin Smith (125 pounds), Adrian Rivas (130), Kevin Mothershed (140), Martinez (160), Jeff Miller (171) and Cory Carpenter (215) each won by pin for the Hubs. And in the wildest bout of the night, North's Connor McHose prevailed 11-10 over Chris Collins at 152, escaping for the winning point with 15 seconds left after Collins had rallied back from third-period deficits of 9-3 and 10-5.

But the bout of the night went to the Rebels' Ian Anderson, who blanked Hub Cup champ Michael Leonard 2-0 at 145. Leonard beat Anderson 6-4 in the Hub Cup quarterfinals earlier this month.

"It feels good to avenge that loss," said Anderson, who scored the only points with a reversal early in the third period. "I just wrestled my match and didn't let him wrestle his.

"I'll see him at counties and I'm sure it will be another close match."

Eric Davis won by pin at 135 for South's only other victory.

"We knew what we were up against coming in," Rebels coach Ralph Stottlemyer said. "I just wanted each boy to get as many points as they could to make a decent showing. We're working with a patchwork lineup the best we can.

"(Slick) has got bodies on top of bodies. We just don't get them out anymore. I don't know what it is -- just a lack of interest, I guess."

Cori Colella (103), Nick Rowe (112), Carter Baer (119), Wes Robinson (171) and Dylon Dopson (285) each won by forfeit for the Hubs.

North Hagerstown 69, South Hagerstown 9
140 -- Kevin Mothershed (N) p. David Savage, 1:19; 145 -- Ian Anderson (S) d. Michael Leonard, 2-0; 152 -- Connor McHose (N) d. Chris Collins, 11-10; 160 -- Devin Martinez (N) p. Luke Toms, :47; 171 -- Jeff Miller (N) p. Kadeem Brim, 1:52; 189 -- Wes Robinson (N) fft.; 215 -- Cory Carpenter (N) p. Nick Lazanov, 2:35; 285 -- Dylon Dopson (N) fft.; 103 -- Cori Colella (N) fft.; 112 -- Nick Rowe (N) fft.; 119 -- Carter Baer (N) fft.; 125 -- Dustin Smith (N) p. Cesar Smith, 2:25; 130 -- Adrian Rivas (N) p. Kyle Toms, 4:21; 135 -- Eric Davis (S) p. Jesse Miller, 3:46.
Records: South 2-13, 0-4; North 10-7, 4-0.

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