Hubs overwhelm Leopards

December 21, 2011|By ANDREW MASON |
  • Smithsburg's Dillan Harbaugh, left, tries to maintain control of North Hagerstown's Coleman McHose during their bout at 138 pounds Wednesday. McHose prevailed 7-6 and the Hubs went on to win 62-15 at Smithsburg.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

SMITHSBURG — After earning a spot in the varsity lineup during team wrestle-offs Tuesday, North Hagerstown freshman Coleman McHose seized the opportunity in the Hubs’ MVAL Antietam dual meet with Smithsburg on Wednesday.

McHose prevailed 7-6 in an upset over Dillan Harbaugh in the 138-pound weight class, helping North to a convincing 62-15 victory over the Leopards.

Harbaugh, a senior, was a Washington County champion last season — not that McHose cared, or even knew.

“I’d heard of Dillan Harbaugh before, but I didn’t know he’d won counties,” McHose said. “I just went out and didn’t worry about who I was facing, and I just left it all out on the mat.”

McHose extended some of the credit for his success to old brother Connor McHose, a senior, who also was a county champ last season.

“He’s showed me a few things,” Coleman said. “He’s a big role model to me. I really look up to him.”

None of the Hubs’ other victories Wednesday were even close as they prevailed in 11 of the 14 weight classes. North’s Amont Hawkins opened the match with a pin at 220 pounds, and the Hubs never looked back.

Dylan Dopson (285 pounds), Duncan Yeisley (120), Brendon Colbert (126) and Kenneth Burrs (170) also scored pins for North, while Gene Balcita (132) won by technical fall and Collin Edwards (113), Diantra Landry (145), Ryan Hartsock (152) and Connor McHose (195) each won by forfeit.

The Hubs, who have one of their stronger lineups in recent memory, improved to 2-0 in the MVAL Antietam and 8-4 overall.

“North has a very good team,” said Smithsburg coach Joe Dietrich, whose Leopards fell to 1-3 (0-3). “They just outmanned us.”

North maintained its intensity from start to finish Wednesday.

“All county rivalries are important,” Hubs coach Greg Slick said. “Beating Smithsburg was on our goal sheet, and our guys are very goal-oriented. They just seem to be really keyed in on getting the job done. They’re very driven.”

Smithsburg won three bouts — Dylan Bryce by pin at 106, Chase Scott by tech fall at 160 and Travis Leopold by major decision at 182.

Bryce, a freshman, was impressive in his victory over North junior Mike Tobery, who was a state qualifier last season. Bryce built a 10-1 lead on Tobery before pinning him midway through the third period.

“(Bryce) did a really nice job,” Dietrich said. “He had some rocky matches over the weekend (at the Kent Holiday Invitational), but he wrestled very well here tonight. I thought it was going to be a close match.”

North Hagerstown 62, Smithsburg 15
220 — Hawkins (NH) p. Michael, 3:41; 285 — Dopson (NH) p. Herrera, 1:21; 106 — Bryce (S) p. Tobery, 5:03; 113 — Edwards (NH) fft.; 120 — Yeisley (NH) p. Mulligan, 1:22; 126 — Colbert (NH) p. Lampasona, 2:30; 132 — Balcita (NH) t.f. Roberts, 19-3; 138 — Coleman McHose (NH) d. Harbaugh, 7-6; 145 — Diantra Landry (NH) fft.; 152 — Hartsock (NH) fft.; 160 — Scott (S) t.f. Leone, 20-5; 170 — Burrs (NH) p. Condo, 3:17; 182 — Leopold (S) m.d. Rosario, 15-4; 195 — Connor McHose (NH) fft.

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