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Wildcats bring out their best to take down Leopards

Wildcats bring out their best to take down Leopards

February 05, 2009|By ANDREW MASON

WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport vs. Smithsburg.

Enough said.

"When it's Williamsport vs. Smithsburg, it doesn't matter what it is - track, chess, checkers - Williamsport wants to beat Smithsburg," Williamsport wrestling coach Mike Rechtorovic said. "We're always very, very fired up to beat Smithsburg."

That was evident on the mat Wednesday night.

The No. 5 Wildcats won eight of the 14 bouts, including six by pins, for a 45-31 MVAL Antietam victory over the No. 4 Leopards.

In the key bout of the night at 112 pounds, Williamsport's Killian Baker overcame deficits of 2-0 and 4-2 before pinning Smithsburg's Logan Merrbach 39 seconds into the third period to give his team the lead for good at 18-12.

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"When I pinned him, I knew the match was going to turn around," Baker said. "That pretty much did it right there.

"But I really can't do it without my brother (Kemper Baker). He teaches me all my moves. We're like a team."

Kemper Baker followed at 119 with another third-period pin, extending the Williamsport's lead to 24-12.

The Wildcats (14-6, 3-1) kept rolling, getting pins from Zach Shoemaker (125) and Bobby Ardinger (130) and a win by forfeit from Ryan Llewellyn (135) to go up 42-12. Joey Sutch then sealed the deal at 140, scoring a trio of takedowns against Smithsburg's Dean White for an 8-2 victory that gave Williamsport an insurmountable 45-12 lead with only four bouts left.

The Leopards (8-4, 2-2) won the final four - a decision by Sean McAuley (145), a major by Nieko Akers (152) and pins by Dylan Sharon (160) and Jeb Slick (171) - to make the score respectable.

Smithsburg took a 6-0 lead as Tyler Scott (189) began the match with a pin. After Williamsport answered with a pair of pins by Robbie Mies (215) and Matt Cody (285), the Leopards' Monica Hovermale evened the score at 12-12 with a pin at 103.

But without standouts Nick Dilandro (125) and Alex Akers (160), who were sidelined by illness and injury, Smithsburg could only do so much the rest of the way.

"It's tough," Leopards coach Joe Dietrich said. "You just have to go with the flow. We did the best we could.

"We'll see (Williamsport) at the county tournament (Feb. 21 at Boonsboro), and hopefully we'll have those two guys back."

Wednesday's win gave Williamsport a perfect record against Washington County competition for the second straight year.

"It's nice to beat all the other county teams in dual meets," Rechtorovic said. "But, as of now, it doesn't mean anything. We have to start working towards counties, regionals and states."

Williamsport 45, Smithsburg 31
189 - Tyler Scott (S) p. Sam Socks, :41; 215 - Robbie Mies (W) p. Joey Vorce, 3:17; 285 - Matt Cody (W) p. Ed Waltz, 1:42 - 103 - Monica Hovermale (S) p. Garrett Davis, 1:25; 112 - Killian Baker (W) p. Logan Merrbach, 4:39; 119 - Kemper Baker (W) p. Chase Scott, 4:39; 125 - Zach Shoemaker (W) p. Dillon Harbaugh, 3:27; 130 - Bobby Ardinger (W) p. Blake Partlow, 1:38; 135 - Ryan Llewellyn (W) fft.; 140 - Joey Sutch (W) d. Dean White, 8-2; 145 - Sean McAuley (S) d. Nate Tyson, 10-5; 152 - Nieko Akers (S) m.d. Reggie Russ, 14-1; 160 - Dylan Sharon (S) p. Joey Fazenbaker, 1:00; 171 - Jeb Slick (S) p. Spencer Nally, 1:53.

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