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Leopards, Rebels ride out 2011

Smithsburg, South show improvement heading into new year

December 30, 2011|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent
  • Smithsburg's Dylan Bryce, front, tries to escape from the hold of Springbrook's Kevin Cristobal in their 106-pound title bout Friday. Cristobal prevailed 15-5.
By Yvette May/Staff Photographer

SMITHSBURG — Though Springbrook ran away with the  Leopard Holiday Invitational tournament team championship with 253 1/2 points on Friday, both Smithsburg and South Hagerstown had strong showings.

Smithsburg improved from seventh place last year to third place this year with 130 points, and South improved from eighth last year to fifth this year with 120 points.

Smithsburg’s lone champion was Chase Scott in the 160-pound weight class. He pinned South first-year wrestler Michael King in 3:55 to improve to 15-0 on the season.

“Chase is having a great year,” said Smithsburg coach Joe Dietrich. “He’s just going to keep rolling.”

The Leopards had two runner-ups in Dylan Bryce (106) and Dalton Condo (170). Ryan Milligan (120) and Kian Roberts (132) each finished third and Dalton Alexander (113),Travis Leopold (182), Corey Michael (195) and Sam Keyser (220) each finished fourth for the Leopards.

“The thing that makes our third-place finish impressive is the injuries that we have,” said Dietrich. “This is the first time we’ve entered this tournament not at full strength. We have three starters out currently.”

South Hagerstown took the individual titles in the 220-pound and 285-pound weight classes. Marquil Holt pinned Dustin Beall of North Harford in 1:42 for the championship at 220, and Aaron Rowland pinned Garrett Mairers of Allegany in 1:29 for the title at 285. Holt and Rowland each improved to 7-0.

“We dug ourselves out of the basement for the first time in 10 years,” said South coach Thomas Ashby. “We did it without three guys in three weight classes, so that’s pretty great. If we had those guys, maybe we’re fourth or third.”

Adam Dagenhart (113) and Begench Boromov (138) and Chris Collins (182), last year’s Leopard champ at 189, each finished third for the Rebels.

“I keep telling the guys ‘Respect, focus and hard work,’ and the other things will fall into place,” said Ashby. “We’re blessed with a good team and good families that continue to support our guys.”

Springbrook took eight of the 14 individual titles en route to the team championship, including Vincent Galliano, who won at 145 pounds for his fourth straight Leopard title, and Aaron Perez, who was named the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler after taking the title at 170.  

Milford Mill finished second in the team standings with 141 1/2 points.

Leopard Holiday Invitational
Final team standings: 1. Springbrook 253.5; 2. Milford Mill 141.5; 3. Smithsburg 130; 4. North Harford 125; 5. South Hagerstown 120; 6. (tie) Baltimore Polytechnic, Richard Montgomery 60; 8. Allegany 49.
Championship finals
106 — Cristobal (Sp) m.d. Bryce (Sm), 15-5; 113 — Avig (NH) d. Tran (Sp), 17-15; 120 — Harrington (Sp) p. Davenport (BP), :30; 126 — Laryea (MM) d. J. Nguyen (Sp), 7-6; 132 — Henderson (MM) t.f. Garcia (Sp), 23-7; 138 — M. Nguyen (Sp) d. Smith (NH), 9-4; 145 — Galliano (Sp) d. Hawkins (MM), 6-4; 152 — Williams (Sp) t.f. Smith (MM), 16-1; 160 — Scott (Sm) p. King (SH), 3:55; 170 — Perez (Sp) m.d. Condo (Sm), 19-5; 182 —  Hernandez (Sp) d. Ferguson (MM), 10-5; 195 — Holland (Sp) m.d. Wilkerson (RM), 16-4; 220 — Holt (SH) p. Beall (NH), 1:42; 285 — Rowland (SH) p. Mairers (A), 1:29.
Consolation finals for third
106 — Smith (NH) p. Hernandez (MM), 1:37; 113 — Dagenhart (SH) d. Alexander (Sm), 6-4; 120 — Milligan (Sm) m.d. Fiackos (NH), 13-0; 126 — Sadowski (NH) d. Grady (BP), 11-4; 132 — Roberts (Sm) p. Branham (BP), 2:00; 138 — Boromov (SH) d. Stuart (MM), 10-9; 145 — Griffin (NH) p. Benitez (RM), 3:05; 152 — Robinette (A) d. Wallace (BP), 7-0; 160 — Ramirez (Sp) p. Murphy (A), :50; 170 — Teller (NH) p. Fitzpatrick (RM), :43; 182 — Collins (SH) p. Leopold (Sm), 1:56; 195 — Velesquez (MM) d. Michael (Sm), 7-5; 220 — Caguiat (Sp) p. Keyser (Sm), :39; 285 — Nasella (RM) d. Ali (Sp), 5-2.

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