Yeisley makes his presence felt in Hubs' victory

December 22, 2010|By ANDREW MASON |

HAGERSTOWN — North Hagerstown knew a lot more about Duncan Yeisley than he knew about North before he joined the Hubs wrestling team this year.

“When I came up here, I wasn’t sure how the wrestling team would be. I didn’t know anybody here,” said Yeisley, who last season placed sixth at 112 pounds at the West Virginia Class AAA state tournament for Hedgesville.

“We knew that he was a quality wrestler,” North coach Greg Slick said, “and that once we got him on the mat, he was going to make good things happen.”

Yeisley, who was sidelined the last few weeks with a shoulder injury, indeed made good things happen when he finally got on the mat Wednesday in a dual meet with visiting Smithsburg. The junior pinned Kian Roberts in the first period at 119 pounds in his Hubs debut, helping North beat the MVAL Antietam rival Leopards for the first time in three years, 54-27.

“I feel fine. My shoulder is good,” Yeisley said. “I just have to make sure I don’t get injured again. My goal is just to help make this team better. They’re like a family to me now.”

The Hubs (6-6, 1-1) won nine of the 14 bouts Wednesday, also getting pins from Brendon Colbert (112 pounds), Gene Balcita (125), Aaron Whittington (130), Carter Baer (135), Zach McKoy (145), Kenneth Burrs (160) and Antonio Rosario (215) and a win by injury default from Mike Tobery (103).

Burrs, who only started wrestling last year, has become a force. The junior is 11-1 with nine pins this season, already matching his win total from last season, when he went 11-14 at 160.

“Just more time on the mat,” Burrs said. “I’m more confident.”

“He’s worked at wrestling,” Slick said. “He’s just a very athletic kid. He’s strong, quick and has good balance, and he has good muscle memory. ... But he still has a lot to learn. He has a lot of talent, we just have to keep improving his knowledge.”

For Smithsburg on Wednesday, Dillan Harbaugh (140), Chase Scott (152), Mitchell Akers (189) and Alex Carraway (285) each won by pin and Travis Leopold (171) won by decision.

“North just had more firepower than we did,” Smithsburg coach Joe Dietrich said. “We had a couple bad breaks, but it didn’t matter.”

The Leopards, who began the season with only two seniors, might be down to zero.

They already were without Dylan Sharon, the reigning Washington County champ at 189, who suffered a knee injury two weeks ago and is likely done for the season.

On Wednesday, Logan Merrbach, their other senior, hurt his shoulder during the bout at 103 and lost by injury default.

“It’s visibly dislocated,” Dietrich said. “He has to go see the doctor.”

Merrbach, who missed most of last season with a shoulder injury, was Smithsburg’s lone champion last weekend at the Kent County Holiday Tournament.

“It’s tough,” Dietrich said. “It’s devastating.”

North Hagerstown 54, Smithsburg 27

215 — Rosario (NH) p. Michael, 4:55; 285 — Carraway (S) p. Yakhuzov, 1:00; 103 — Tobery (NH) inj. def. Merrbach, 3:06; 112 — Colbert (NH) p. Lampasona, :54; 119 — Yeisley (NH) p. Roberts, 1:43; 125 — Balcita (NH) p. Kopka, 2:57; 130 — Whittington (NH) p. Crown, 1:50; 135 — Baer (NH) p. Ortega, :59; 140 — Harbaugh (S) p. Kenworthy, 3:37; 145 — McKoy (NH) p. Sorensen, 2:19; 152 — Scott (S) p. Hartsock, 1:19; 160 — Burrs (NH) p. Condo, 3:58; 171 — Leopold (S) d. McHose, 6-0; 189 — Akers (S) p. Catlett, 4:43.

Records: Smithsburg 2-2 (2-1); North 6-6 (1-1).

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