Wildcats prevail at Hub Cup

January 08, 2011|By ANDREW MASON |
  • Williamsport's Zach Shoemaker, top, wrestles Waynesboro's Thomas Rook in the 152-pound Hub Cup final Saturday night at North Hagerstown. Shoemaker prevailed 8-2 for the title.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — In the 24-year history of North Hagerstown’s Hub Cup — Washington County’s largest and most prestigious wrestling tournament — the team title has only been won five times by county teams.

That now includes twice by Williamsport.

The Wildcats — led by individual champions Zach Shoemaker (152 pounds) and Reggie Russ (171) and runners-up Bobby Ardinger (135) and Kemper Baker (140) — captured the title Saturday night, finishing the two-day event with 181.5 points.

Waynesboro, which entered the tournament as the two-time defending champion, finished second (163.5) in the 18-team field, while Mountain Ridge was third (153.5).

Williamsport also won the Hub Cup in 2002.

“It’s a big win for our program,” said Williamsport coach Mike Rechtorovic, whose team also is 10-0 in dual meets this season. “The guys wrestled well and really stepped up. Every single kid on our team scored points for us this weekend. And getting four in the finals was huge. All four wrestled well, and having two come out with wins was very big for us.”

“I’m so happy we won,” Shoemaker said. “It feels so good to take it away from Waynesboro.”

Williamsport and Waynesboro matched up three times in the finals. After Ardinger and Baker both dropped close decisions to their Waynesboro opponents, Shoemaker was determined not to let the same thing happen to him against the Indians’ Thomas Rook.

“That definitely pumped me up a lot,” said Shoemaker, who went out and beat Rook 8-2 for his second straight Hub Cup title. “I knew I had to win.”

In the only all-Washington County finals matchup, Russ scored a takedown with 2 seconds left to edge Saint James’ Hal Smith 5-4.

“Coach told me just to keep shooting, and that’s what I did,” Russ said. “I was ready to go, just pushing and pushing. I wasn’t tired, but he was gassing.”

South Hagerstown’s Aaron Rowland prevailed at 285 for Washington County’s only other title.

Waynesboro sent five wrestlers to the finals and got titles from Tyler Warner (135) and Trey Andree (140) — both over Williamsport.

“We lost the war, but we won the battle, taking two of those three against Williamsport,” said Waynesboro coach Eric Mowen, who also got runner-up finishes from Kenyon Cuka (103) and Isaac Swink (125). “But Williamsport deserves (the title). They’ve got a nice team, top to bottom. There’s no shame in taking second to that team.”

Andree, who was voted the tourney’s outstanding wrestler by coaches and referees, denied Baker a third straight Hub Cup title. After Baker tied the bout at 3-3 with a reversal with 1:23 left, Andree reversed Baker with 45 seconds left and held on for a 5-4 decision.

Rowland’s title didn’t involve any drama — at least not in the finals.

After he advanced with a 10-6 win over Clarion Area’s Cameron Slike in Saturday morning’s semifinals, the strangest of occurrences happened in the other semifinal at 285.

Annapolis’ Joe Asselin and Mountain Ridge’s Shane Phillips were both disqualified for stalling at the same time in overtime, leaving no opponent for Rowland in the finals.

“I was looking forward to it,” said Rowland of wrestling in the finals. “I didn’t want it to just be handed to me. I wanted to earn the championship.”

The Rebels, who placed 11th, also got a runner-up finish from Marquil Holt at 215.

In one of the most anticipated — and electrifying — bouts of the weekend, featuring a pair of unbeaten, state-ranked wrestlers, Catoctin senior Jon Sweeney handed North Hagerstown freshman Brendon Colbert the first loss of his high school career in the championship finals at 112 with a 7-4 decision.

Colbert tied the match at 2-2 with a takedown midway through the second period, but Sweeney escaped to take the lead for good.

“I gave it all I had. He’s a good wrestler,” said Colbert, now 18-1. “It’s a little upsetting, but I know I’ll get another shot at him. Hopefully I do.”

The Hubs, who placed fifth, also got third-place finishes from Duncan Yeisley (119) and Kenneth Burrs (160).

For eighth-place Boonsboro, Joe Minoglio (140) and Bucky Miller (189) each placed third. Bryan Davis (103) placed third for Williamsport, and Chris Prichard (215) was third for Saint James, which finished 14th.

Cody Carbaugh was the champ at 103 for 12th-place Greencastle-Antrim.

Hub Cup
at North Hagerstown

Final team standings: 1. Williamsport 181.5; 2. Waynesboro 163.5; 3. Mountain Ridge 153.5; 4. Magruder 147; 5. North Hagerstown 137; 6. Quince Orchard 134; 7. Clarion 125; 8. Boonsboro 116; 9. Catoctin 102; 10. Brunswick 83.5; 11. South Hagerstown 82; 12. Greencastle 80; 13. Annapolis 72; 14. Saint James 62; 15. Paint Branch 60; 16. Linganore 55; 17. Thomas Johnson 27; 18. Silver Oak 13.
Championship finals
103 — Carbaugh (Gr) d. Cuka (Wa) 5-3; 112 — Sweeney (Ca) d. Colbert (NH) 7-4; 119 — Bauer (Cl) d. Buchholz (Li) 3-1; 125 — Bienstock (QO) d. Swink (Wa) 6-1; 130 — Overmiller (Ma) p. Neubaum (QO) 1:09; 135 — Warner (Wa) d. B. Ardinger (Wi) 4-2; 140 — Andree (Wa) d. Ke. Baker (Wi) 5-4; 145 — Schildt (Ca) d. Pastrana (An) 4-3; 152 — Shoemaker (Wi) d. Rook (Wa) 8-2; 160 — Mayberry (Ma) d. Walters (Cl) 8-2; 171 — Russ (Wi) d. Smith (SJ) 5-4; 189 — Wright (MR) p. Williams (QO) 3:46; 215 — Winters (MR) p. Holt (SH) 1:59; 285 — Rowland (SH) by disqualification.
Consolation finals for third
103 — Davis (Wi) d. Barnes (Ma) 3-0; 112 — Mowen (Wa) p. Gunter (Cl) 2:44; 119 — Yeisley (NH) d. Proce (Bo) 3-0; 125 — Foster (Br) m.d. Kraus (Li) 10-0; 130 — Jo. Smith (Wa) p. Allen (Cl) :40; 135 — Bartholomew (Br) d. Baer (NH) 5-3; 140 — Minoglio (Bo) p. Martin (MR) 2:58; 145 — Patterson (MR) d. McKoy (NH) 10-4; 152 — Hoover (PB) d. Barnes (Ma) 7-1; 160 — Burrs (NH) p. Best (Bo) 4:43; 171 — Pluta (Gr) p. Fitzwater (Br) 3:26; 189 — Miller (Bo) m.d. Collins (SH) 13-1; 215 — Prichard (SJ) d. Shums-Ward (An) 7-2; 285 — Slike (Cl) d. Phillips (MR) 5-2.
Consolation finals for fifth
103 — Thomas (MR) d. DeSilva (An) 8-6; 112 — Anoman (Bo) m.d. Taylor (MR) 15-7; 119 — Sachs (Ma) d. Pine (Gr) 2-0; 125 — Conine (Ma) fft. Shipley (TJ); 130 — Guiday (Ca) m.d. G. Ardinger (Wi) 10-2; 135 — Holland (QO) p. B. Harwood (Bo) :50; 140 — McPherson (Gr) d. Elliot (Cl) 12-10; 145 — Sanchez (Ma) d. E. Davis (Wi) 3-1; 152 — Francis (Ca) p. Clark (Bo) :28; 160 — Turlik (QO) p. Peterson (SJ) 4:20; 171 — McHose (NH) d. Shaurt (An) 3-1; 189 — Dykes (Ma) p. Allison (Br) 4:50; 215 — Baylor (Wi) p. Tilton (QO) 3:50; 285 — Fisher (Br) p. Pinkney (Wi) 3:11.

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