WILLIAMSPORT — If the Williamsport wrestling team’s Senior Night ceremony alone wasn’t overwhelming to visiting Smithsburg on Wednesday night, Williamsport’s seniors were once the teams hit the mat.
Six of the Wildcats’ seven senior starters were victorious in a 68-12 victory over the seniorless Leopards.
“It’s nice for those guys to get wins,” Williamsport coach Mike Rechtorovic said. “And it’s nice to wrestle so well against a county rival like Smithsburg.”
Kemper Baker (140 pounds), Eric Davis (152), Reggie Russ (160) and Matt Cody (215) each won by pin, while fellow seniors Bobby Ardinger (135) and Chauncey Baylor (285) also prevailed for the Wildcats — Ardinger by decision and Baylor by forfeit — in their final home match.
What was supposed to be the best bout of the night turned into the shortest, as Davis needed only 20 seconds to stick Smithsburg’s Chase Scott, who entered the match with a team-best 21-4 record.
“I just came out really, really pumped. I was ready to go,” said Davis, who improved to 16-7. “I couldn’t sleep last night. I was just totally ready.”
Bryan Davis (103) and George Ardinger (130) also had pins for Williamsport, while Zach Shoemaker (145) scored a tech fall and Clinton Vance (112), Killian Baker (125) and Jacob Cody (171) each won by forfeit.
With the victory, Williamsport finished the regular season 17-2 overall and 6-0 in the MVAL Antietam, completing an unbeaten run through the conference for the second straight year.
“Being undisputed conference champs again was one of our team goals at the beginning of the year, so it’s nice to do that,” Rechtorovic said.
A bigger goal, though, is to qualify for the Maryland Class 2A-1A West region dual-meet championships on Feb. 9. And the Wildcats’ win, coupled with Century’s loss to Winters Mill on Thursday, likely earned Williamsport at least the fourth and final seed. The other berths appear to be going to Winters Mill, Southern Garrett and defending champ South Carroll. Winters Mill and South Carroll, which are both unbeaten, are scheduled to wrestle Saturday, with the winner earning the right to host the duals.
“We’d love to make the region duals. We’ve done all we can do, and now we’ll see where we stand,” Rechtorovic said. “If we make it, we’ll throw our hat in the ring, wrestle hard and see what happens. We’d really like the opportunity.”
Kian Roberts (119) and Mitchell Akers (189) had pins Wednesday for Smithsburg (5-12, 2-4), whose only two seniors (Dylan Sharon and Logan Merrbach) are just two of the many Leopards sidelined with injuries.
“Murphy’s Law,” Smithsburg coach Joe Dietrich said. “Anything that can go wrong has gone wrong this year.”
Williamsport 68, Smithsburg 12
103 — B. Davis (W) p. Lampasona, 3:16; 112 — Vance (W) fft.; 119 — Roberts (S) p. Weyant, 4:37; 125 — Ki. Baker (W) fft.; 130 — G. Ardinger (W) p. Ortega, :51; 135 — B. Ardinger (W) d. Harbaugh, 9-2; 140 — Ke. Baker (W) p. Sorensen, 1:01; 145 — Shoemaker (W) t.f. Mutchler, 23-8; 152 — E. Davis (W) p. Scott, :20; 160 — Russ (W) p. Condo, 3:33; 171 — J. Cody (W) fft.; 189 — Akers (S) p. Sibert, 1:49; 215 — M. Cody (W) p. Michael, 1:07; 285 — Baylor (W) fft.
Records: Smithsburg 5-12, 2-4; Williamsport 17-2, 6-0.