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State title was well worth the weight for Williamsport's Mies

State title was well worth the weight for Williamsport's Mies

March 26, 2009|By ANDREW MASON

Robbie Mies kept growing and growing and growing, until finally the Williamsport senior was on top of the podium at the Maryland Class 2A-1A State Wrestling Tournament.

"I knew he was getting bigger over the summer because I'd seen him a few times," Williamsport coach Mike Rechtorovic said. "But when he stepped on the scale the first practice of the year, it was a little shocking. But I knew he was a good wrestler and would be able to adjust."

The bigger Mies got, the better he was for the Wildcats.

As a sophomore 135-pounder, he went 14-9 and failed to qualify for the postseason. As a junior, he went 37-7 at 160 and finished fifth at states. And as a senior, Mies was 34-4 and the state champion at 215.

He pinned Easton's Calvin Rookard in the state final, as he broke his own school record for pins in a season with 30.


Mies is The Herald-Mail's All-Area and All-Washington County Wrestler of the Year.

If pins are to wrestling what home runs are to baseball, Mies is the Babe Ruth of the local mats.

"It just ends up happening," said Mies, who had 29 pins as a junior. "Any time anyone goes on their back, I'm never just looking for back points. I'm trying to make it stick. I'm always looking for the pin."

This season, he was decking guys who used to be nearly twice his size.

"Because I started off small, I clearly was more technical for a bigger wrestler," Mies said. "I'm also quicker than I would have been if I wrestled 189 and 215 all through high school."

He said he couldn't even dream about winning a state title two years ago.

"But things kept progressing, and it became a goal," Mies said. "People were telling me it was a possibility since states last year. (Rechtorovic) said it at the banquet in front of everybody, and I was like, 'Oh, goodness.'

"I believed I had a chance, but I wanted to avoid some of the pressure."

Mies also won his first county and West region titles this year and was voted the Outstanding Wrestler at North Hagerstown's Hub Cup.

He said he wants to wrestle in college, listing Shippensburg, Kutztown and Washington & Jefferson as possibilities.

"I don't think I'll ever be done with it, to be honest," Mies said.

Joining him on the All-Area First Team are:

Kemper Baker, Williamsport, 119

The sophomore won a Maryland Class 2A-1A state title after finishing third in the West region. He had a Washington County-high 36 victories.

Season: 36-2; Career: 65-10

Cody Barrick, Mercersburg Academy, 145

The junior placed second at the Pennsylvania Independent Schools state tourney and sixth at the National Prep Tournament. He was the Franklin County champ.

Season: 31-7; Career: 109-24

Tory Bennett, Berkeley Springs, 160

The freshman phenom placed third in West Virginia Class AA-A and led the area in victories with 54.

Season: 54-4; Career: 54-4

Alex Buterbaugh, James Buchanan, 189

The senior set a school record for career wins at 116. He won District 3-AAA Section I and Franklin County titles and was voted Outstanding Wrestler at the Rebel Invitational at South Hagerstown.

Season: 31-5; Career: 116-28

Damen Capper, Berkeley Springs, 140

The sophomore was a West Virginia Class AA-A state champ and had the best winning percentage in the area (.961).

Season: 49-2; Career: 85-12

Billy Forquer, Hedgesville, 160

The senior overcame injuries to finish second at the West Virginia Class AAA state tournament for the second time in his career.

Season: 32-7; Career: 152-37

Marvin Gaskill, Waynesboro, 285

The junior won District 3-AAA Section I and Franklin County titles.

Season: 30-9; Career: 55-20

Derek Hovermale, Berkeley Springs, 125

The junior finished second at both the West Virginia Class AA-A state and Region II tournaments.

Season: 44-9; Career: 131-17

Jimmy Hughes, Chambersburg, 125

The junior placed fourth in District 3-AAA after winning his third straight Section I title. He was a Franklin County champ.

Season: 31-4; Career: 96-13

Dylan Nick, Washington, 189

The junior reached the West Virginia Class AAA state finals for the second straight time, placing second at 189 a year after winning at 171.

Season: 51-6; Career: 123-27

Tyler Scott, Smithsburg, 189

The senior won a Maryland Class 2A-1A West region title and placed fifth at states.

Season: 33-4; Career: 64-31

Garrick Skubon, Mercersburg Academy, 140

The senior went 2-2 at the National Prep Tournament after placing second at the Pennsylvania Independent Schools state tourney.

Season: 25-5; Career: 125-41

Jacob Smith, Waynesboro, 112

The junior won District 3-AAA Section I and Franklin County titles. He had a team-high 20 pins.

Season: 28-9; Career: 57-28

Jared Weatherholtz, Musselman, 189

The senior finished 3-3 against Washington's Nick, beating him 5-3 in their final bout for the West Virginia Class AAA Region II title. But the rivalry never went to a best-of-7 at the state tournament. From opposite sides of the bracket, Weatherholtz finished third, while Nick took second.

Season: 31-4; Career: 139-26

All-Area Second Team

Alex Akers, Sr., Smithsburg, 160

Ian Anderson, Sr., South Hagerstown, 145

Brandon Beltz, Sr., Waynesboro, 130

Mike Cardello, Jr., Hedgesville, 152

Matt Cody, So., Williamsport, 285

Cohen Hovermale, So., Berkeley Springs, 103

Monica Hovermale, Jr., Smithsburg, 103

Michael Leonard, Sr., North Hagerstown, 145

Devin Martinez, Sr., North Hagerstown, 160

Shane McFerren, Jr., Waynesboro, 189

Stephen Miele, Jr., Hedgesville, 171

Bradley Reed, Sr., Berkeley Springs, 130

Dylan Schaeffer, Jr., Greencastle-Antrim, 152

Andy Stotler, Jr., Martinsburg, 103

Joey Sutch, Jr., Williamsport, 135

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