Born to be Wild(cats)

Williamsport's I-less team bands together to win county title

Williamsport's I-less team bands together to win county title

February 21, 2009|By ANDREW MASON

BOONSBORO -- Some are best friends, others are brothers and together the Williamsport wrestlers are champions.

"This is one of the tightest teams, as far as everybody getting along," Williamsport coach Mike Rechtorovic said. "They root for each other at matches and push each other in practice. It makes all the difference."

The Wildcats sent eight wrestlers to the finals, came away with six champions and finished with 187 points to win the 19th annual Washington County Wrestling Tournament on Saturday. North Hagerstown, last year's champ, was the runner-up with 166 1/2 points, while Smithsburg was third with 152 1/2.

Williamsport left with the Clyde Downs Trophy for the first time since 2004 and a county-leading seventh time overall. North and Smithsburg have each won the tourney six times.


"One of our goals this year was to bring Clyde home, and we did it," said Williamsport's Kemper Baker, the champion at 119 pounds.

His brother, Killian Baker, was the champ at 112. Zach Shoemaker (125), Joey Sutch (135), Robbie Mies (215) and Matt Cody (285) also won titles for the Wildcats.

Cody overcame a 6-1 deficit against North's Dylan Dopson in the finals, prevailing 10-6 to cap Williamsport's championship run.

"Most people, when they're losing, think they're going to lose," Cody said. "But I just keep going and keep working harder."

No bout was as thrilling as the 145-pound final between South Hagerstown's Ian Anderson and North's Michael Leonard. The two rivals were each 1-1 against each other and 24-4 overall this season at the beginning of the day. It took a coin toss to separate them in the bracket seedings, and then an overtime period to determine the winner.

After scoring a buzzer-beating takedown at the end of regulation to knot the score at 9-9, Anderson hit a five-point move early in the sudden-death period for a 14-9 victory.

"That was a tough match, probably the best match I ever wrestled," said Anderson, the Rebels' lone representative in the finals. "I just had to dig deep and bring something out. I've been in tough situations before, but nothing like that."

Smithsburg junior Monica Hovermale continued her domination of the 103-pound weight class.

Hovermale, who became the first female champ in county history as a freshman, won her third county title Saturday with an 8-0 major decision over Boonsboro's Nathaniel Proce in the finals.

"Hopefully I'll get four next year," Hovermale said.

Proce, however, did become the first county wrestler to ever last the full six minutes with Hovermale, who had pinned everybody else over the last three seasons.

"He knew how to defend the bars and was tough to turn," Hovermale said. "It's disappointing because I was trying, and we needed the team points."

Smithsburg's other champs were Dean White (140), Nieko Akers (152) and Tyler Scott, who won for the second straight year at 189.

North's champs were Adrian Rivas (130) and Devin Martinez (160).

Jon Best (171) won the lone title for host Boonsboro.

The most competitive weight class might have been 125.

In the semifinals, North's Dustin Smith won 8-0 against Smithsburg's Nick Dilandro, the county champ at 119 last year, and then built a 4-0 lead against Williamsport's Shoemaker in the finals. But Shoemaker, who was 1-1 against Smith this year, poured it on in the third period to win 11-6.

Washington County Tournament
Teams: 1. Williamsport 187; 2. North Hagerstown 166 1/2; 3. Smithsburg 152 1/2; 4. Boonsboro 110; 5. South Hagerstown 67 1/2.
Championship finals
103 - Monica Hovermale (Sm) m.d. Nathaniel Proce (Bo) 8-0; 112 - Killian Baker (Wi) disq. Travis Boreni (Bo); 119 - Kemper Baker (Wi) p. Joseph Minoglio (Bo) 1:30; 125 - Zach Shoemaker (Wi) d. Dustin Smith (NH) 11-6; 130 - Adrian Rivas (NH) p. Bobby Ardinger (Wi) 4:56; 135 - Joey Sutch (Wi) m.d. Dustin Williams (Bo) 17-4; 140 - Dean White (Sm) p. Nate Tyson (Wi) 2:49; 145 - Ian Anderson (SH) d. Michael Leonard (NH) 14-9, OT; 152 - Nieko Akers (Sm) m.d. Stephen Miller (Bo) 11-0; 160 - Devin Martinez (NH) p. Dylan Sharon (Sm) 1:33; 171 - Jon Best (Bo) d. Jeff Miller (NH) 5-3; 189 - Tyler Scott (Sm) t.f. Scott Haupt (Bo) 18-3, 4:27; 215 - Robbie Mies (Wi) p. Joey Vorce (Sm) 1:30; 285 - Matt Cody (Wi) d. Dylan Dopson (NH) 10-6.
Consolation finals
103 - Garrett Davis (Wi) d. Cori Colella (NH) 3-2; 112 - Nick Rowe (NH) p. Logan Merrbach (Sm) 3:09; 119 - Carter Baer (NH) p. Chase Scott (Sm) 4:48; 125 - Nick Dilandro (Sm) d. Cesar Smith (SH) 7-4; 130 - Bobby Harwood (Bo) p. Dillon Harbaugh (Sm) 1:46; 135 - Jesse Miller (NH) p. David Savage (SH) 1:33; 140 - Kevin Mothershed (NH) d. Eric Davis (SH) 7-2; 145 - Sean McAuley (Sm) p. Ryan Llewellyn (Wi) 1:32; 152 - Connor McHose (NH) default Jeff Siebert (Wi); 160 - Reggie Russ (Wi) p. Luke Toms (SH) 2:18; 171 - Jeb Slick (Sm) m.d. Kadeem Brim (SH) 19-8; 189 - Spencer Nally (Wi) fft. Chris Pangborn (NH); 215 - Kenny Tatum (NH) p. Tom Jones (SH) 1:55; 285 - Edward Waltz (Sm) p. Nick Lozanov (SH) 1:25.

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