Indians targeted at Hub Cup

January 06, 2011|By ANDREW MASON |

While records can be deceiving, the Waynesboro wrestling team isn’t going to fool anyone this weekend at North Hagerstown’s 24th annual Hub Cup tournament.

In 2009, the Indians’ first year at the Hub Cup, they didn’t have any wrestlers seeded better than fourth. Yet, they sent seven to the championship finals and easily won the team title.

Last year, Waynesboro had merely two wrestlers seeded in the top four — and again sent seven to the finals and ran away with the overall title.

The tourney seedings generally are based on individual season records. And while the Indians take their share of losses in mighty Pennsylvania, they come to Maryland battle-tested.

“I don’t expect our kids to get really good seeds, but I expect our kids to wrestle well,” Waynesboro coach Eric Mowen said. “I don’t care where our kids are seeded. It really doesn’t matter to me. The end result is at the end, not the beginning.”

Of Waynesboro’s seven finalists last year, only two return. Richie Scott (6-1) will try to defend his title at 119, while Tyler Warner (8-6), the runner-up at 140 last year, will be at 135. Also, Trey Andree (10-2), who placed second at 130 in 2009 but did not compete last year, will be at 140.

“The Hub Cup is a very competitive tournament, and I know our wrestlers enjoy wrestling kids they don’t see during our regular season,” Mowen said. “I know going into the tournament that we are still a very young and inexperienced team, so repeating as team champions could be very difficult. But I know our kids are up for the challenge.

“Our wrestlers are very aware that they will have a big bull’s-eye on their backs and that other teams are out to make sure we don’t three-peat.”

The 18-team field includes five of Washington County’s six teams — Boonsboro, Saint James, South Hagerstown, Williamsport and host North. Smithsburg is the only team missing.

No local team is hotter than Williamsport, which is 10-0 in dual meets.

“If we wrestle well, and things fall the right way, I hope to compete with Waynesboro — and everyone else,” Williamsport coach Mike Rechtorovic said. “There will be other good teams there. There are a lot of good wrestlers at this tournament.”

Kemper Baker (140 pounds) will be looking for his third straight Hub Cup title for the Wildcats, while teammate Zach Shoemaker (152) will be aiming for his second.

Williamsport, however, will be without heavyweight standout Matt Cody, who’s sidelined with a knee injury.

“He will definitely be missed,” Rechtorovic said. “Other guys will have to step up.”

North’s Dylan Dopson, the Hub Cup runner-up at 285 last year, also is sidelined with an injury.

The Hubs’ best hopes for a title probably lie with freshman phenom Brendon Colbert (112), who is 15-0 in his young high school career. If he faces Catoctin star senior Jon Sweeney, it could be a thriller.

Chris Collins (189 or 215) enters with a 9-0 record for South.

The Hub Cup begins Friday at 5:30 p.m. The championship finals are scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

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