North's Colbert finishes 2nd as one of six county wrestlers to place

March 05, 2011|By ANDREW MASON |
  • Williamsport's Zach Shoemaker ties up the leg of Glenelg's Jack Borkowski during their 145-pound match in the consolation rounds at the Maryland State Wrestling Tournament.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — No one likes to end a season with a loss.

But if it’s going to happen, it might as well be in the championship finals.

“Finishing second isn’t bad,” North Hagerstown freshman Brendon Colbert said. “But I wanted to win it.”

Colbert was Washington County’s top placewinner Saturday at the Maryland State Wrestling Tournament at the University of Maryland’s Cole Field House. He was the runner-up in the 112-pound weight class in Class 2A-1A.

After beating Owings Mills’ previously unbeaten Warren Mack 8-4 in the semifinals earlier in the day, Colbert fell 4-0 to Oakland Mills junior Tony Farace in the finals.

There certainly was no shame in the loss as Farace captured his third straight state title while improving to 41-0 on the season.

“That kid’s not a three-time state champ for nothing,” North coach Greg Slick said.

Farace took Colbert down in the first period, rode him the entire second period and then reversed him in the third.

“He was long and lanky, and I have a little trouble wrestling kids like that,” Colbert said. “I don’t think I wrestled my best, but I’m going to keep my head up, come back next year and wrestle tough again.”

Colbert finished his first high school season with a county-best 35-2 record.

“(Colbert) is a very talented athlete, and if everything goes right, he should be able to return to the state tournament several more times,” Slick said. “He obviously has more to accomplish now. Hopefully this will keep him hungry enough to want to come back here and improve his placement.”

Five other county wrestlers captured top-six places in 2A-1A. Williamsport’s Zach Shoemaker placed third at 145, Boonsboro’s Bucky Miller finished fourth at 189, Williamsport’s Kemper Baker was fifth at 140 and North’s Duncan Yeisley (119) and Boonsboro’s Jon Best (160) each finished sixth.

Shoemaker, a junior, dominated Glenelg’s Jack Borkowski 14-2 in the consolation finals, moving one step up on the podium from last year, when he was fourth at 145.

Shoemaker’s only loss this weekend came in the semifinals — a 6-4 setback against eventual runner-up Anthony Cimirosi of Rising Sun.

“It feels a lot better than finishing fourth,” Shoemaker said. “I’m still disappointed about my semifinal, but I really don’t know what else I could have done better.”

Baker, a senior, who finished his career with a school-record 131 victories, fittingly won his final match, pinning Parkside’s Brenan McAllister in 42 seconds in the bout for fifth.

“That’s the next best thing that could have happened,” said Baker, who also placed fifth at 125 last year after winning the title at 119 as a sophomore. “But I’m disappointed. I didn’t finish where I wanted to. But I’m looking forward to next year and hopefully wrestling somewhere in college.”

Miller and Best, both seniors, gave Boonsboro multiple state placewinners for the first time, while Miller matched the best finish in program history.

It was a remarkable late-season run by the two Warriors. Not only were they first-time state qualifiers, neither was even seeded in the top four in last weekend’s West region tourney, where they each placed fourth to advance.

“I’m real proud of them. They just wrestled so well the past few weeks,” Boonsboro coach Mike McGill said. “Best was a pigtail — a ninth seed — in the region. That tells you something about him. There’s no quit in him.”

En route to his sixth-place finish, Yeisley, a junior, defeated a pair of wrestlers who placed higher than he did in the West region tourney.

“I knocked two of them out,” he said. “I’m just glad to place. I would have liked to have been first, but wouldn’t anyone?

“I got the same place I got last year. Now I just have to improve.”

Yeisley placed sixth at 112 in West Virginia Class AAA last year for Hedgesville.

“I’m not going to lie, Maryland’s tougher,” Yeisley said. “The wrestlers here are ridiculously good, and I hope to be one of them some day.”

Williamsport’s Bryan Davis (103) finished 2-2 for the weekend, one win shy of placing, while North’s Kenneth Burrs (160) was 1-2.

North’s Mike Tobery (103) and South Hagerstown’s Aaron Rowland (285) each went 0-2 Friday and were eliminated.

Maryland State Tournament
Day 2 at College Park
Washington County results
Class 2A-1A
Consolation second round

103 — Bryan Davis (Williamsport) p. Jason Escobar (Owings Mills) 4:49.
119 — Duncan Yeisley (North Hagerstown) d. Joe Kuegler (Liberty) 3-1.
160 — Jon Best (Boonsboro) d. Kenneth Burrs (North Hagerstown) 8-4.

Championship semifinals
112 — Brendon Colbert (North Hagerstown) d. Warren Mack (Owings Mills) 8-4.
140 — Steve Cross (Bel Air) d. Kemper Baker (Williamsport) 8-3.
145 — Anthony Cimirosi (Rising Sun) d. Zach Shoemaker (Williamsport) 6-4.
189 — Tom Kuegler (Bel Air) p. Bucky Miller (Boonsboro) 2:46.

Consolation quarterfinals
103 — Flavio Valdez (Winters Mill) p. Davis, 3:49.
119 — Yeisley d. Billy Atwell (South Carroll) 2-0.
160 — Best d. George Crews (Forest Park) 4-3.

Consolation semifinals
119 — Ian Hochuli (Marriotts Ridge) d. Yeisley, 6-2.
140 — Jimmy Peacock (Kent County) p. Baker, 1:19.
145 — Shoemaker d. Robert Winning (Poolesville) 10-3.
160 — Kyle Thomas (Kent Island) d. Best, 6-2.
189 — Miller p. A.J. Armiger (Calvert) :46.

Consolation finals for third place
145 — Shoemaker m.d. Jack Borkowski (Glenelg) 14-2.
189 — Jason Opel (Northern Garrett) d. Miller, 6-1.

Consolation finals for fifth place
119 — Kody Osselburn (Northern Garrett) d. Yeisley, 1-0.
140 — Baker p. Brenan McAllister (Parkside) :42.
160 — Nick Cross (Queen Anne’s) d. Best, 7-6.

Championship finals
112 — Tony Farace (Oakland Mills) d. Colbert, 4-0.

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