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Leopards' Scott, Wildcats' Mies win regional titles

Seven Washington County wrestlers earn berths to next weekend's Class 2A-1A state tournament

Seven Washington County wrestlers earn berths to next weekend's Class 2A-1A state tournament

February 28, 2009|By Andrew Mason

THURMONT, Md. -- Bigger meant better for Smithsburg's Tyler Scott and Williamsport's Robbie Mies at the Maryland Class 2A-1A West Wrestling Championships as both won titles Saturday night.

Scott was the runner-up at 189 pounds last year, despite weighing in at 167.

The Leopards senior weighed in at 189 this time, and he dominated -- at 189.

"A growth spurt, I guess. And eating a lot," Scott said. "Putting on weight has definitely helped."

After pinning his way to the finals, Scott built an 8-1 lead on Winters Mill's Justin Kozera on his way to a 10-5 decision for the title.

"I came in as the first seed, and it was really important to me not to lose any ground," said Scott, who improved to 30-2 this season. "I was so happy about getting second last year, but I was not going to be content with it this year."

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Mies' growth is even more considerable.

The Williamsport senior failed to even qualify for regionals two years ago as a 135-pounder. Saturday night, he beat Century's Caleb Andrews 8-2 for the title at 215, after recording pins in his first two matches of the tourney.

"I'm growing up, I guess," said Mies (30-4), who placed third at 160 last year. "I'm just happy to come as far as I have in this amount of time, from not making regionals to winning it."

In the finals, Mies took a 4-1 lead on a pair of first-period takedowns. After riding Andrews the entire second period, he reversed him to his back for four more points in the third.

"The pressure was off in the finals," Mies said. "At that point, you've already made states."

The top four in each eight-man weight class qualified for the state tournament, which begins Friday in College Park, Md.

Scott and Mies were two of only seven Washington County wrestlers to qualify.

Williamsport's Kemper Baker (119) and Joey Sutch (135) and South Hagerstown's Ian Anderson (145) each placed third, while Smithsburg's Monica Hovermale (103) and Dean White (140) each finished fourth.

Baker (32-2), the No. 1 seed, was stunned 11-3 by eventual champ Tyler Bartholomew of Brunswick in Saturday morning's championship semifinals. But he rebounded with two straight wins in the consolation bracket.

"After the loss, I just focused on taking third and getting to states," Baker said. "Hopefully I'll see Bartholomew again."

Hovermale finished third at 103 last year to become the 2A-1A West region's first female state qualifier.

"I'm glad I'm going to states again," Hovermale said. "But I'm disappointed I didn't place higher than I did last year. Hopefully at states I'll do better."

Anderson, a senior, also had an illness to contend with in his first region tourney.

"I've had the flu since Tuesday. I'm only about 80 percent," he said. "If I was 100 percent, I definitely would have contended for first or second. I'm just relieved that I made it."

The fifth-place finishers are the first alternates for states. They include North Hagers-town's Carter Baer (119) and Devin Martinez (160), Boonsboro's Jon Best (171) and Williamsport's Matt Cody (285).

Southern Garrett, which recently won the state dual-meet title, won the region tournament for the third straight year, scoring 143 points. Williamsport was the county's top team, placing ninth out of 19 schools with 61 points.

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