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Colbert shines in long-awaited Hub Cup debut

January 07, 2011|By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — North Hagerstown’s 24th annual Hub Cup wrestling tournament has been all Brendon Colbert hoped it would be so far.

The North freshman went 2-0 with a pair of pins at 112 pounds Friday to advance to today’s semifinals, while improving to 17-0 on the season.

“I’ve watched this every year since I’ve been real little,” Colbert said. “I couldn’t wait to get here, and now I’m here. There are so many people here. It just gets me so excited, so pumped up. Hopefully I can get under that spotlight (in the finals).”

Colbert is seeded second in the weight class to Catoctin’s Jon Sweeney, who is three years older than Colbert and also unbeaten this season.

“I was kind of glad that I wasn’t seeded first, that I get to come up through the bottom,” Colbert said.

Three other Hubs advanced to the semis — Duncan Yeisley (119 pounds), Carter Baer (135) and Kenneth Burrs (160).

Through the first two rounds in the 18-team tournament, Williamsport had a one-point lead over Mountain Ridge in the standings, 81.5 to 80.5. Waynesboro, the two-time defending champion, was third (72), while host North was tied with Quince Orchard for fourth (56).

Williamsport, whose 10-0 record in dual meets this season includes a 39-36 win over Mountain Ridge, hasn’t won the Hub Cup since 2002.

“It’s been a long time,” Williamsport senior Kemper Baker said. “Winning it would be real big for us. We have a chance.”

Baker, who’s already on the short list of two-time Hub Cup champs, is hoping to join an even shorter list today. He recorded two first-period pins Friday at 140 to improve to 16-0 this season.

“This is one of my goals, to win three straight,” Baker said. “I just have to focus and take care of business in the semifinals and then go for it in the finals.”

He’ll be joined in the semis by teammates Bryan Davis (103), Bobby Ardinger (135), Eric Davis (145), Zach Shoemaker (152), Reggie Russ (171) and Chauncey Baylor (215).

Waynesboro, which also has seven semifinalists, is doing what it did the last two years — knocking off higher-seeded opponents.

“I never feel like an underdog,” said Waynesboro’s ninth-seeded Tyler Warner (135), who blanked No. 1-seeded Travis Bartholomew of Brunswick 5-0 in the quarterfinals. “If he’s a good wrestler, you just have to go out and wrestle good or you’re going to lose. I didn’t feel like losing. It’s that simple.”

Boonsboro, competing in the Hub Cup for the first time, was in sixth place (50) with four semifinalists — Joseph Minoglio (140), Davon Clark (152), Jon Best (160) and Bucky Miller (189).

South Hagerstown advanced three to the semis — Chris Collins (189), Marquil Holt (215) and Aaron Rowland (285).

Collins continued his amazing turnaround season with a pair of pins Friday to remain unbeaten at 12-0. The junior’s only win at last year’s Hub Cup was a first-round forfeit, and he finished the season with a losing record.

“I’m a lot more confident than I was last year,” Collins said. “I’m pretty much in the same condition I was last year. I just have a different mindset.”

Hal Smith (171) and Chris Prichard (215) both advanced to the semis for Saint James.

The tournament resumes today with the semifinals at 10 a.m. The championship finals begin at 6:30 p.m.

Hub Cup results
Team standings through two rounds: 1. Williamsport 81.5; 2. Mountain Ridge 80.5; 3. Waynesboro 72; 4 (tie). North Hagerstown, Quince Orchard 56; 6. Boonsboro 50; 7. Magruder 49; 8. Clarion Area 44; 9. Catoctin 43; 10. South Hagerstown 41; 11. Paint Branch 33; 12. Annapolis 32; 13. Greencastle 31; 14. Saint James 26; 15. Linganore 22; 16. Brunswick 19.5; 17. Thomas Johnson 19; 18. Silver Oak 4.
Championship quarterfinals
103 — Thomas (MR) p. DeSilva (An) 1:19; Cuka (Wa) p. Potter (PB) 3:49; Carbaugh (Gr) p. Barnes (Ma) 2:22; B. Davis (Wi) p. Tobery (NH) 5:09.
112 — Sweeney (Ca) p. Anoman (Bo) :31; Taylor (MR) p. Vance (Wi) 1:30; Mowen (Wa) p. Knable (SJ) 1:08; Colbert (NH) p. Gunter (Cl) :16.
119 — Yeisley (NH) p. Proce (Bo) 2:16; Bauer (Cl) p. Weyant (Wi) 3:28; Sachs (Ma) p. Huntoon (TJ) 1:03; Buchholz (Li) p. Pine (Gr) 1:08.
125 — Bienstock (QO) p. Burgess (PB) :25; Foster (Br) t.f. Kraus (Li) 19-3; Swink (Wa) d. Ki. Baker (Wi) 7-3; Shipley (TJ) p. Conine (Ma) 4:24.
130 — Overmiller (Ma) p. Wilson (SH) 1:58; Smith (Wa) t.f. Allen (Cl) 3:00; Guiday (Ca) p. Rafferty (MR) 4:24; Neubaum (QO) p. G. Ardinger :49.
135 — Warner (Wa) d. Bartholomew (Br) 5-0; Baer (NH) m.d. Femi (MR) 12-0; B. Ardinger (Wi) m.d. Britton (Li) 16-3; Holland (QO) p. Portner (Ca) 3:34.
140 — Ke. Baker (Wi) p. Mo Ku (SJ) 1:24; Minoglio (Bo) p. Elliot (Cl) 2:53; Martin (MR) d. Kelly (PB) 10-3; Andree (Wa) d. McPherson (Gr) 4-1.
145 — Pastrana (An) d. Sanchez (Ma) 10-7; E. Davis (Wi) d. Smith (Wa) 8-5; Patterson (MR) t.f. McKoy (NH) 5:06; Schildt (Ca) p. Hill (PB) 3:36.
152 — Hoover (PB) p. Hartsock (NH) 1:44; Rook (Wa) p. Barnes (Ma) 3:30; Shoemaker (Wi) t.f. Francis (Ca) 6:00; Clark (Bo) d. Shifflett (MR) 8-3.
160 — Walters (Cl) p. VanMeers (PB) 4:33; Burrs (NH) p. Bickford (Gr) 3:42; Best (Bo) p. Giaffes (SH) 3:04; Mayberry (Ma) p. Turlik (QO) 5:26.
171 — Smith (SJ) p. Boch (MR) 2:36; Shaurt (An) m.d. Like (TJ) 14-4; Russ (Wi) p. Fitzwater (Br) 5:46; Pluta (Gr) m.d. Bechtel (Li) 13-4.
189 — Wright (MR) p. Rohrbaugh (Ca) :37; Miller (Bo) d. Dykes (Ma) 5-1; Williams (QO) p. Smith (PB) :36; Collins (SH) p. Allison (Br) 1:42.
215 — Winters (MR) p. Robinson (NH) 1:28; Baylor (Wi) p. Rilton (QO) 1:22; Holt (SH) p. Shums-Ward (An) 4:57; Prichard (SJ) d. Greene (SO) 10-9.
285 — Asselin (An) d. Fisher (Br) 1-0; Phillips (MR) p. Harwood (Bo) 1:45; Rowland (SH) p. O’Vallas (PB) 5:30; Slike (Cl) p. Compton (QO) 1:24.

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