Hubs handle Rebels again

January 19, 2011|By ANDREW MASON |
  • North's Ryan Hartsock, behind, scores a three-point nearfall in his 152-pound victory over South's Johnny Martinez on Wednesday night.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — When Greg Slick graduated from North Hagerstown in 1972, the Hubs were 0-5 all-time in their annual wrestling matches against city rival South Hagerstown.

My, how the times have changed.

The Hubs, who’ve been coached by Slick since 1980, defeated the Rebels for the 19th straight year Wednesday night at North, 54-24.

The Hubs improved to 26-6 against South under Slick, upping their all-time series lead to 32-13.

“It’s not about me. It’s about these kids,” Slick said. “It’s a testament to the fact that the kids think the North-South match is something important. We, as coaches, try to stress that.”

North won nine of the 14 weight classes Wednesday to improve their season record to 10-6 (3-1 MVAL Antietam), while South remained winless at 0-13 (0-5).

Brendon Colbert (112 pounds), Duncan Yeisley (119), Gene Balcita (125), Carter Baer (140), Kenneth Burrs (160) and Connor McHose (171) each recorded a first-period pin for the Hubs, while Ryan Hartsock (152) won by disqualification and Morgan Kenworthy (135) and Zach McKoy (145) each won by forfeit for North.

“(North-South) is a huge deal,” said Baer, a senior, who has never lost a bout against South in his four-year varsity career. “We treat it every year like we don’t know who’s going to win and train as hard as we can for it.”

The Rebels’ 24 points were the most they’ve scored against the Hubs since 2007, when they lost 48-28.

“I just wanted to win as many matches as I could. I thought I could win five matches,” said South coach Donnie Rowland, who achieved that goal. “North’s a good team. They’re well-coached, they’re deep and they’re experienced. That’s the way we need to be. It’s tough.”

For the Rebels, Chris Collins (189) won by pin, James Wilson (130) and Marquil Holt (215) both prevailed in decisions, Austin Miller (103) won by disqualification and Aaron Rowland (285) won by forfeit.

“It’s a big rivalry, but a bigger rivalry in football because South High hasn’t had the best wrestling team the past few years,” said Collins, who’s a standout linebacker in football and a 13-2 wrestler this winter. “Tonight, our better wrestlers just wanted to get victories to improve our records for regionals.”

North Hagerstown 54, South Hagerstown 24
112 — Colbert (NH) p. Davis, :40; 119 — Yeisley (NH) p. Heinrich, :45; 125 — Balcita (NH) p. Zeigler, 1:03; 130 — Wilson (SH) d. Whittington, 8-6; 135 — Kenworthy (NH) fft.; 140 — Baer (NH) p. Kendall, :56; 145 — McKoy (NH) fft.; 152 — Hartsock (NH) by disq. Martinez; 160 — Burrs (NH) p. Bukari, :21; 171 — McHose (NH) p. Shuck, 1:34; 189 — Collins (SH) p. McElfish, 5:26; 215 — Holt (SH) d. Rosario, 6-3; 285 — Rowland (SH) fft.; 103 — Miller (SH) DQ Tobery.
Records: South 0-13 (0-5); North 10-6 (3-1).

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