Warriors whoop it up after defeating North for first time ever

February 01, 2011|By ANDREW MASON |
  • North Hagerstown's Jack Hurd, front, grimaces as Boonsboro's Charles Anoman grabs his right arm during the 119-pound bout Monday night at Boonsboro. Anoman beat Hurd 16-6 and the Warriors went on to defeat the Hubs for the first time in the program's history, 42-31.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

BOONSBORO — Mike McGill was always a force on the local wrestling mats. Now, the Boonsboro team he coaches has become one, too.

The Warriors defeated North Hagerstown for the first time in history Monday night, 42-31.

“That was probably our biggest match of the year, maybe the biggest dual win of all time,” said McGill, a first-year coach at Boonsboro who graduated from Williamsport in 2005 as a two-time state champion. “We had this one circled. This was one we really wanted to win.”

Just a little more than a week ago, Boonsboro also beat Smithsburg for the first time ever, 46-30.

“Mike McGill is just doing a really good job with those kids,” said Greg Slick, North’s longtime coach. “They’re wrestling a good style and are solid technically. They’re just tough.”

The Warriors (7-7, 4-1 MVAL Antietam) prevailed in eight of the 14 weight classes against the Hubs (11-7, 3-2).

“In order to beat a team like North, we needed everybody on their ‘A’ game,” McGill said. “Everybody came ready to go.”

The critical point of the match came in the seventh bout of the night at 125 pounds. With the teams tied 16-16, Boonsboro’s Cody Bowman built an early 5-0 lead on Gene Balcita, who battled back for a 6-5 advantage early in the second period.

“I lost it, but I knew I had to get it back,” said Bowman of the momentum.

Bowman escaped to tie the match, took Balcita down for the lead and pinned him with one second left in the second period to the put the Warriors in front to stay.

“I had him in a headlock and there were 40 seconds left,” Bowman said. “I just squeezed until I got the pin.”

“The way I had it figured in my head, if (Bowman) wins, we win,” McGill said. “And he pinned him.”

Five bouts later, with the Warriors up 36-22, Davon Clark pinned North’s Ryan Hartsock midway through the second period at 152 to seal the victory, giving Boonsboro an insurmountable 42-22 lead with only two bouts left (both of which North would win).

“I just went out there with a strong mind, ready to go, and I just capitalized on his mistakes,” Clark said.

Bucky Miller (189 pounds) won the first bout of the night by pin for the Warriors, who also got pins from Josh Harwood (285) and Joe Minoglio (140), a tech fall by Bobby Harwood (130), a major decision from Charles Anoman (119) and a decision from Brad Hull (145).

“(Boonsboro) wrestled really tough,” Slick said. “They wrestled very well on their feet and very well on the mat. They were just better conditioned than we were. It was pretty obvious in the third period of some of those matches.”

For North, Mike Tobery (103) and Carter Baer (135) each won by pin, Amont Hawkins (215) prevailed by major decision, Kenneth Burrs (160) won a thrilling 8-4 overtime decision over Boonsboro’s Jon Best — a two-time county champ — and Brendon Colbert (112) and Connor McHose (171) each won by forfeit.

Boonsboro, which has never had a winning season, has four dual meets left.

Boonsboro 42, N. Hagerstown 31

189 — Miller (B) p. McElfish, 2:19; 215 — Hawkins (N) m.d. Urama, 13-2; 285 — J. Harwood (B) p. Rosario, 1:23; 103 — Tobery (N) p. Stauffer, 2:19; 112 — Colbert (N) fft.; 119 — Anoman (B) m.d. Hurd, 16-6; 125 — Bowman (B) p. Balcita, 3:59; 130 — B. Harwood (B) t.f. Colella, 17-2; 135 — Baeir (N) p. Riley, 5:59; 140 — Minoglio (B) p. Kenworth, :43; 145 — Hull (B) d. McKoy, 8-6; 152 — Clark (B) p. Hartsock, 2:56; 160 — Burrs (N) d. Best, 8-4, OT; 171 — McHose (N) fft.
Records: North 11-7 (3-2); Boonsboro 7-7 (4-1).

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