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Leopards use senior moments

February 07, 2009|By CHRIS CARTER

SMITHSBURG -- It seemed as if the Senior Night ceremonies at Smithsburg on Saturday lasted just as long as the dual meet wrestling match that followed.

The ceremonies were brief -- but so was the match.

Smithsburg was handed seven forfeits and turned in three first-period pins to ease past Walkersville 60-17 in the Leopards' dual-meet finale.

Senior 171-pounder Jeb Slick scored the fastest fall of the match after pinning Xavier Burnett in just 33 seconds to even the meet score at 12-12.

Tyler Scott followed at 189 pounds with a 54-second pin of Richard Johnson and Joey Vorce forced Tim Garlington's shoulders to the mat in 1:57 in the 215-pound bout.

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All three Smithsburg pins came from seniors.

"They all wrestled really tough," said Smithsburg coach Joe Dietrich. "Joey went out there against a good opponent and got a good win. ... Senior Night, I guess."

While those wins appeared easy, they weren't quite as effortless as the other seven Smithsburg wins.

Dean White (140 pounds), Nieko Akers (160), Edward Waltz (285), Monica Hovermale (103), Logan Merrbach (112), Chase Scott (119) and Nick Dilandro (130) all received forfeits.

Walkersville won only three bouts -- pins by Tyler White at 145 and Zach White at 152 and a tech fall by Kyle Snyder at 125. Of the six matches that were actually wrestled, two went beyond the first period and none lasted three minutes.

The limited action did no favors for Smithsburg, which now has two weeks of practice to prepare for the Washington County Tournament on Feb. 21.

"We have to get ready for counties. If we can get everybody back, we have a shot," Dietrich said. "In a five-team tournament anybody can win. It's going to end up goºing with who has the most depth."

Smithsburg 60, Walkersville 17
135 -- no contest; 140 -- Dean White (S) fft.; 145 -- Tyler White (W) p. Sean McCauley, 2:25; 152 -- Zach White (W) p. Jong Kim, 1:35; 160 -- Nieko Akers (S) fft.; 171 -- Jeb Slick (S) p. Xavier Burnett, :33; 189 -- Tyler Scott (S) p. Richard Johnson, :54; 215 -- Joey Vorce (S) p. Tim Garlington, 1:57; 285 -- Edward Waltz (S) fft.; 103 -- Monica Hovermale (S) fft.; 112 -- Logan Merrbach (S) fft; 119 -- Chase Scott (S) fft.; 125 -- Kyle Snyder (W) t.f. Dillon Harbaugh, 16-1; 130 -- Nick Dilandro (S) fft.

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