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Wildcats wrestlers make their statement

December 11, 2010|By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO — The Williamsport wrestling team was on a mission Saturday when it went to Boonsboro for an MVAL Antietam tri-meet with South Hagerstown and the host Warriors.

“We just wanted to do what we had to do to beat South, and we really wanted Boonsboro,” Williamsport senior Kemper Baker said. “In the offseason, there was a lot of trash talking back and forth with Boonsboro, and we wanted to come in and make a statement.”

Mission accomplished.

The Wildcats won 23 of their 28 bouts on the day to wallop both opponents — South 72-9 and then Boonsboro 55-12. The Warriors beat the Rebels 54-27 in the other match.

It was an extra-special day for Baker, who joined the exclusive century club when he pinned South’s Shane Kendall in the first period at 145 pounds. He then picked up career victory No. 101 with a 7-1 decision over Boonsboro standout Joe Minoglio at 145.

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“It was a goal from the beginning,” said Baker, who is 101-16 for his career. “Now I’m setting my sights on the school record (119 wins, set by 2001 Williamsport graduate Ryan McDonald).”

Nine other Wildcats each went 2-0 Saturday — Bryan Davis(103), Clinton Vance (112), Josh Weyant (119), Killian Baker (125), Bobby Ardinger (135, 140), George Ardinger (140, 135), Eric Davis (152), Zach Shoemaker (160) and Reggie Russ (171).

“We wrestled pretty well today, but we still have a long way to go,” said Williamsport coach Mike Rechtorovic, whose team improved to 3-0 (3-0). “We’ve got a pretty strong lineup, but we have to continue to get better.”

Boonsboro junior Josh Harwood, who hadn’t wrestled a varsity match since last December, was the performer of the day.

At 285, he scored two takedowns against Williamsport’s Matt Cody, the two-time defending Washington Countyheavyweight champion, and prevailed 6-4.

“You just have to fight hard to the end and keep a positive attitude,” said Harwood, who also pinned South’s Aaron Rowland in the second period. “I came into today ready to wrestle.”

Bucky Miller (215, 189) also went 2-0 for the Warriors (2-1, 2-1), who had hoped to put up a better fight against Williamsport, even with standout Jon Best sidelined with a leg injury.

“I know the kids can be a lot better than what they showed,” said Boonsboro first-year coach and former Wildcat Mike McGill, who graduated from Williamsport in 2005 as a two-time state champion. “But the scoreboard says it all. We just got outfought. Sometimes it takes a good butt-kicking like that to get some motivation.

“It’s only December. The season goes to March. There’s a whole lot of wrestling left.”

Rechtorovic, McGill’s former coach, said he knows he hasn’t seen the last of Boonsboro this season.

“I know with (McGill) over there, they’re going to get better,” he said. “I know what kind of person he is. That’s going to force us to work hard and get better, too.”

Jimmy Wilson (130) and Chris Collins (189, 215) each went 2-0 Saturday for South (0-3, 0-2).

Williamsport 72, South Hagerstown 9

130 — Wilson (SH) d. Landry, 8-7, 3OT; 135 — B. Ardinger (W) fft.; 140 — G. Ardinger (W) fft.; 145 — Ke. Baker (W) p. Kendall, 1:17; 152 — E. Davis (W) p. Martinez, 2:55; 160 — Shoemaker (W) p. King, 1:19; 171 — Russ (W) p. Giaffes, 2:28; 189 — Collins (SH) p. Sibert, 4:06; 215 — Baylor (W) p. Shuck, :46; 285 — Cody (W) p. Rowland, 5:13; 103 — B. Davis (W) fft.; 112 — Vance (W) p. Sharpe, 1:36; 119 — Weyant (W) p. Davis, :22; 125 — Ki. Baker (W) fft.

Williamsport 55, Boonsboro 12

135 — G. Ardinger (W) p. Riley, 3:27; 140 — B. Ardinger (W) d. B. Harwood, 12-7; 145 — Ke. Baker (W) d. Minoglio, 7-1; 152 — E. Davis (W) d. Hull, 11-7; 160 — Shoemaker (W) fft.; 171 — Russ (W) m.d. McIlwee, 11-0; 189 — Sibert (W) p. Urama, 1:49; 215 — Miller (B) d. Baylor, 11-6; 285 — J. Harwood (B) d. Cody, 6-4; 103 — B. Davis (W) p. Stauffer, :47; 112 — Vance (W) p. Anoman, 5:38; 119 — Weyant (W) fft.; 125 — Ki. Baker (W) p. Proce, 4:57; 130 — Bowman (W) p. Landry, 2:29.

Boonsboro 54, South Hagerstown 27

140 — B. Harwood (B) fft.; 145 — Minoglio (B) p. Kendall, 1:26; 152 — Hull (B) p. Orr, 1:32; 160 — Martinez (SH) fft.; 171 — King (SH) p. McIlwee, 2:56; 189 — Miller (B) p. Giaffes, :22; 215 — Collins (SH) p. Urama, 1:04; 285 — J. Harwood (B) p. Rowland, 3:16; 103 — Stauffer (B) fft.; 112 — Anoman (B) p. Sharpe, 3:40; 119 — Davis (SH) fft.; 125 — Proce (B) fft.; 130 — Wilson (SH) d. Bowman, 11-6; 135 — Riley (B) fft.

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