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Williamsport win goes down in Loar

December 17, 2009|By BOB PARASILITI

WILLIAMSPORT -- The Williamsport wrestling team was dealing with explosives on Thursday.

Austin Loar was the short fuse and the rest of the Wildcats were "da bomb."

Loar pulled out a victory in the most tightly contested bout of the night with one sudden move to set the stage for the Wildcats' demolition exercise in a 74-6 dismantling of Jefferson.

Jefferson, which had been one of the more powerful teams in West Virginia in recent years, was beat to the punch by Williamsport. The Wildcats got the first takedowns in the majority of the bouts, leading to 10 pins and a technical fall.

"We talked about that we were coming in without knowing a lot about them," said Williamsport coach Mike Rechtorovic. "Every wrestler had to be ready to wrestle their guys and not the school. We tried to stay pretty aggressive early."

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If the Wildcats needed a starting point, it started in the first bout at 103 with Loar.

Loar trailed Jefferson's Levi Spickler until the final 30 seconds of the match. Spickler led 4-1 until he was penalized for locking his hands to keep control of Loar, costing him points for a penalty and an escape.

Loar took the rest of the match into his own hands. With time running out, Loar sized up Spickler and made a dive for his legs. He gained control for a takedown, a 5-4 victory and a 3-0 lead for Williamsport.

"I tried for two double-leg takedowns, but pulled out of them," Loar said. "Then I went for a low, single leg. I guess he didn't know it was coming."

With the events that followed, it didn't seem like a huge turning point, but Loar did his part to get Williamsport started.

"If I win, it gets the team pumped," Loar said. "They were all ready to wrestle."

"Whenever you have the first varsity match, you want a win to get started," Rechtorovic said. "Austin put himself in a hole early, but worked himself out of it by wrestling hard for six minutes."

Williamsport won the next nine bouts with seven pins, a tech fall and a forfeit to build a 56-0 lead. The Wildcats got consecutive falls from Josh Weyant (at 112 in 4:29), Killian Baker (119, 3:11), George Ardinger (125, 1:54), Bobby Ardinger (130, 3:07), Kemper Baker (135, :51) and Nate Tyson (140, :25).

Joey Sutch toyed with Steven Offett at 145, allowing him four escapes while racking up 19 points in takedowns and near falls to end the match in 4:52.

After Zach Shoemaker took a forfeit at 152, Reggie Russ turned in a physical performance against Jefferson's Warren Gray -- including three lifts to takedowns -- for a pin in 4:43 to complete the 56-point spree.

Jefferson got its only points when Devin Baine pinned Jeff Sibert in 2:47 at 171. The Wildcats put the finishing touches on the match with pins by Spencer Nally (189, :43) and Dylan Footen (215, 1:46) before Matt Cody got a match-ending forfeit.

"Our middleweights are tough," Rechtorovic said. "If we get the right matchups, we can take control. We still have a lot to work on. Saturday (against Middletown and North Hagerstown) will be a bigger test, so it isn't so bad to wrestle well before that big test."

Williamsport 74, Jefferson 6
103 -- Austin Loar (W) d. Levi Spickler, 5-4; 112 -- Josh Weyant (W) p. Chico Grooms, 4:29; 119 -- Killian Baker (W) p. Cody Butts, 3:11; 125 -- George Ardinger (W) p. J.D. Snowden, 1:54; Bobby Ardinger (W) p. John Bryant, 3:07; 135 -- Kemper Baker (W) p. Brandon Ruman, :51; 140 -- Nate Tyson (W) p. Brandon McKenzie, :25; 145 -- Joey Sutch (W) tf. Steven Offett, 19-4; 152 -- Zach Shoemaker (W) won by forfeit; 160 -- Reggie Russ (W) p. Warren Gray, 4:43; 171 -- Devin Baine (J) p. Jeff Sibert, 2:47; Spencer Nally (W) p. Keynan Williams, :43; 215 -- Dylan Footen (W) p. Kevin Longerbeam, 1:46; 285 -- Matt Cody (W) won by forfeit.
Record -- Jefferson 0-1, Williamsport 6-0.

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