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All-County Wrestling

Shoemaker grows in confidence

April 02, 2010|By ANDREW MASON
  • Williamsport sophomore Zach Shoemaker is The Herald-Mail's 2009-10 Washington County Wrestler of the Year.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

Williamsport's Zach Shoemaker was four weight classes heavier at 145 pounds, four inches taller at 5-foot-6 and quite noticeably stronger than he was as a freshman last wrestling season.

Perhaps the biggest difference from last season, though, could be found inside his head.

"I had a lot more confidence. I just felt so much better this year," Shoemaker said. "Last year, I was nervous because I was a freshman. But then I realized it doesn't matter if I'm a freshman or a senior, I'm still going to have to wrestle the same kids."

As a sophomore, he dominated those kids.

Shoemaker is The Herald-Mail's 2009-10 Washington County Wrestler of the Year.

He went 35-5 with 18 pins and three tech falls, leading the county in wins and winning percentage (.875). He was a county champion, a Maryland 2A-1A West region runner-up and placed a county-best fourth at the state tournament.

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Shoemaker also won titles at North Hagerstown's Hub Cup and South Hagerstown's Rebel Invitational, and he placed third at the Damascus Holiday Tournament.

"Zach had a really good year. He put in a lot of work in the offseason, and he grew a lot and got a lot stronger," Williamsport coach Mike Rechtorovic said. "He's just a solid wrestler. He's tough to score on, stays in position and, if you make a mistake, he's going to capitalize."

Shoemaker faced perhaps his stiffest competition this season from his own teammates, which made him that much more prepared for his real opponents. His daily practice partners included fellow state placewinners Kemper Baker (125 pounds) and Joey Sutch (140) and state qualifier Reggie Russ (152).

"I have a lot of good guys in the room to practice with every day," Shoemaker said. "I have the real technical guys, like Kemper, the real strong guys, like Reggie, and the real physical guys, like Joey."

Shoemaker went 26-10 and was the county champ at 125 as a freshman. But he went 0-2 at the region tourney, failing to qualify for states.

"That helped me work really hard in the offseason," he said. "I wanted to come back and be a lot better."

He'll return for two more seasons with the Wildcats.

"I'd like to be a four-time county champ," he said, "and hopefully a regional and state champ."

Joining Shoemaker on the all-county first team are:

Nieko Akers, Smithsburg, 171

The senior won his second straight county title and placed third in the 2A-1A West region. He won titles at the Leopard Invitational and the Grapple at the Brook and was a runner-up at the Kent Holiday tourney.

Season: 27-6; Career: 78-44

Kemper Baker, Williamsport, 125

The junior won his third straight county title and placed fourth in the 2A-1A West region and fifth at states. He won titles at the Hub Cup and Rebel Invitational and was a runner-up at the Damascus Holiday tourney.

Season: 33-6; Career: 98-16

Killian Baker, Williamsport, 112

The sophomore won his second straight county title and placed third in the 2A-1A West region. He was a Rebel Invitational champion and placed third at the Hub Cup.

Season: 29-10; Career: 51-23

Jon Best, Boonsboro, 160

The junior won his second straight county title and placed sixth in the 2A-1A West region. He was a Rebel Invitational champion and placed third at the Tuscarora Titan Thunder tourney.

Season: 32-6; Career: 65-34

Travis Boreni, Boonsboro, 119

The senior won a county title and placed sixth in the 2A-1A West region. He was a Rebel Invitational runner-up and placed third at the Tuscarora Titan Thunder tourney.

Season: 27-10; Career: 66-53

Matt Cody, Williamsport, 285

The junior won his second straight county title and was a 2A-1A West region runner-up. He was a champion at the Damascus Holiday tourney, a runner-up at the Rebel Invitational and had a team-high 25 pins.

Season: 30-6; Career: 70-29

Nick Dilandro, Smithsburg, 135

The senior won his second county title and placed fourth in the 2A-1A West region. He was a Leopard Invitational champion.

Season: 25-11; Career: 70-44

Dylan Dopson, North Hagerstown, 285

The sophomore's postseason was cut short due to injury. He was a Hub Cup runner-up and placed third at the FSK Christmas tourney.

Season: 21-4; Career: 39-17

Monica Hovermale, Smithsburg, 103

The senior won her fourth straight county title, was a West region runner-up and became the first female state placewinner in 2A-1A history with her sixth-place finish. She also finished first at the Leopard Invitational, second at the Kent Holiday tourney and is believed to be the first female in state history to reach 100 wins.

Season: 30-8; Career: 103-35

Adrian Rivas, North Hagerstown, 130

The senior won his second straight county title, but couldn't compete at the West region tourney due to injury. He was an FSK Christmas tourney champion and a Hub Cup runner-up.

Season: 21-5; Career: 69-39

Reggie Russ, Williamsport, 152

The junior won a county title and placed fourth in the 2A-1A West region. He was a Rebel Invitational champion and placed third at the Hub Cup.

Season: 28-10; Career: 43-31

Dylan Sharon, Smithsburg, 189

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