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A gift horse

Leopards aren't down in the mouth as forfeits pave way to win over Linganore

January 05, 2011|By ANDREW MASON |
  • Smithsburg's Chase Scott, left, and Linganore's Cliff Peach, right, lock up while looking for an edge in the 152-pound bout during the Leopards' win.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

SMITHSBURG — Smithsburg’s wrestlers didn’t exactly beat Linganore on the mat Wednesday night. But they did on the scoreboard, and that’s all that counts.

The Leopards prevailed in four of the 10 bouts actually contested and took three of the match’s four forfeits to edge the Lancers 42-39.

A win’s a win, and Smithsburg needed this one, coming off its lackluster showing at its Leopard Holiday Invitational last week.

“Yeah, we definitely needed something, especially with the overall performance at the tournament,” said Smithsburg coach Joe Dietrich, whose team improved to 3-2 in dual meets. “This was good, however it came.”

At their tourney last week, the Leopards finished seventh out of 10 teams. And, for the first time in the 22-year history of the event, failed to not only win an individual title, but to even send a wrestler to the finals.

But the Leopards are young. Their only two seniors — standouts Dylan Sharon and Logan Merrbach — are both on the shelf with injuries. And against Linganore on Wednesday, they had five freshman starters, which Dietrich said also might be a first.

One of those freshmen, Dalton Condo, came through with a big win, pinning the Lancers’ Zach Saylor in the first period at 160 pounds to cut Smithsburg’s deficit to 29-24 with five weight classes left.

“I just try to go out and do my best every match and just try to get the best learning experience I can out of it,” Condo said. “We’re just trying to do our best and be competitive.”

Juniors Dillan Harbaugh (140), Chase Scott (152) and Mitchell Akers (189) also had pins for the Leopards, who desperately needed the bonus points.

Smithsburg, which twice trailed Linganore (1-4) by as many as 17 points in the match, was behind 39-36 with just one bout left at 103. But the ending was rather anticlimactic, as Taylor Lampasona won by forfeit to lift the Leopards to the victory — one they gladly took.

“It’s a good win for us coming off a bad week,” Condo said.

Harbaugh, who finished a disappointing sixth at last week’s tourney, just wanted to redeem himself Wednesday.

“I worked hard at practice the last few days,” he said. “I just went out with the same goal as always, to come out with a win.”

Brad Delauter (112) and Cory Michael (215) also won by forfeit for Smithsburg.

Smithsburg 42, Linganore 39
112 — Delauter (S) fft.; 119 — Buckholtz (L) t.f. Roberts, 15-0; 125 — Kraus (L) p. Kopka, :48; 130 — Conners (L) fft.; 135 — Britton (L) p. Ortega, 1:35; 140 — Harbaugh (S) p. J. Saylor, 1:23; 145 — Ellis (L) p. Mutchler, 2:39; 152 — Scott (S) p. Peach, 4:53; 160 — Condo (S) p. Z. Saylor, 1:53; 171 — Bechtel (L) m.d. Leopold, 21-9; 189 — Akers (S) p. Wiedler, :50; 215 — Michael (S) fft.; 285 — Morton (L) p. Caraway, 3:22; 103 — Lampasona (S) fft.
Records: Linganore 1-4; Smithsburg 3-2.

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