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Leopards sweep South, Brunswick

December 17, 2009|By ANDREW MASON

SMITHSBURG -- Smithsburg seniors Dean White and Nick Dilandro are practice partners on the wrestling mat and best friends off it.

In Smithsburg's home-opening MVAL Antietam tri-meet with South Hagerstown and Brunswick on Wednesday evening, White and Dilandro showed a glimpse of why they were chosen to be the Leopards' team captains this season.

Each went 2-0 as Smithsburg beat South 58-16 and Brunswick 38-33. In between, Brunswick defeated South 51-23.

In the thrilling nightcap against Brunswick (1-2, 1-2), White won by tech fall at 145 pounds for the Leopards' first points of the match. Twelve bouts later, Dilandro clinched the team's victory in the final bout of the night with a 5-1 decision over Travis Bartholomew at 135.

"That was perfect the way it worked out," Smithsburg coach Joe Dietrich said. "It was a great way to start at home."

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The Leopards (2-0, 2-0) were clinging to a 35-33 lead as Dilandro stepped on the mat for the winner-take-all conclusion.

"Yeah, I was nervous," Dilandro said. "But I've been training with a pretty good guy (White) in practice, so I was ready for anything. I was just trying to concentrate and work on my shots."

Dilandro scored a takedown in the first period, another one in the second and held on for the win.

"(Dilandro) wrestled awesome," White said. "That's by far the best I've seen him wrestle."

Dilandro refused to take more than his share of the credit.

"It was the whole team," he said. "Fate just happened to fall on me at the end. We had a few guys get some big points."

Sean McAuley (160) had two pins on the night for Smithsburg, while Monica Hovermale (112), Dillon Harbaugh (119) and Nieko Akers (171) also each went 2-0.

"I think we're going to have a really good team this year," White said.

Dustin Rowland (285) and Eric Davis (152) each went 2-0 for South (0-6, 0-4). Rowland scored a pair of first-period pins, while Davis won each of his bouts by tech fall.

But the Rebels were still left looking for their first win.

"I see it coming very soon," said Rowland, whose father, Donnie Rowland, is a first-year head coach at South. "We're a very young team, but we're getting better and better every day."

Smithsburg 58, South Hagerstown 16
130 -- Scott (Sm) d. Toms, 7-2; 135 -- Dilandro (Sm) t.f. Mendez, 17-0, 5:50; 140 -- Wilson (SH) p. Crown, 2:49; 145 -- White (Sm) fft.; 152 -- Davis (SH) t.f. Leopold, 19-4, 5:34; 160 -- McAuley (Sm) p. Savage, 3:46; 171 -- Akers (Sm) d. Collins, 12-5; 189 -- Sharon (Sm) p. Moroz, 3:49; 215 -- Rodgers (Sm) p. Brim, 3:08; 285 -- Rowland (SH) p. Waltz, :34; 103 -- Lampasona (Sm) fft.; 112 -- Hovermale (Sm) p. Miller, :42; 119 -- Harbaugh (Sm) fft.; 125 -- Creamer (Sm) t.f. Waller, 17-0, 2:53.
Note: South was deducted one team point for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Brunswick 51, South Hagerstown 23
135 -- Tr. Bartholomew (B) p. Mendez, :25; 140 -- Floria (B) p. Wilson, 5:12; 145 -- Rolland (B) fft.; 152 -- Davis (SH) t.f. Cockerham, 16-1; 160 -- Savage (SH) p. Allison, 3:49; 171 -- P.J. Engleman (B) d. Collins, 4-3; 189 -- Droneburg (B) p. Moroz, 3:56; 215 -- Brim (SH) p. V. Engleman, 3:44; 285 -- Rowland (SH) p. Fisher, 1:20; 103 -- Patel (B) fft.; 112 -- Butts (Br) p. Miller, 2:30; 119 -- No contest; 125 -- Spriggs (B) p. Waller, :47; 130 -- Ty. Bartholomew (B) p. Toms, :54.

Smithsburg 38, Brunswick 33
140 -- VanMantgem (B) p. Crown, 1:59; 145 -- White (S) t.f. Cockerham, 15-0, 2:57; 152 -- Rolland (B) d. Leopold, 9-5; 160 -- McAuley (S) p. Allison, :39; 171 -- Akers (S) fft.; 189 -- P.J. Engleman (B) m.d. Sharon, 10-2; 215 -- Droneburg (B) p. Rodgers, 2:39; 285 -- Waltz (S) p. V. Engleman, :27; 103 -- Patel (B) d. Lampasona, 8-2; 112 -- Hovermale (S) fft.; 119 -- Harbaugh (S) p. Butts, :52; 125 -- Spriggs (B) p. Creamer, 3:17; 130 -- Ty. Bartholomew (B) p. Scott, 3:32; 135 -- Dilandro (S) d. Tr. Bartholomew, 5-1.
Note: Brunswick was deducted one team point for unsportsmanlike conduct.

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