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Wrestling: Leopards get bit by an injury

January 11, 2012|By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com

SMITHSBURG — While Dylan Bryce is the lightest wrestler in Smithsburg’s varsity lineup, his absence weighed heavily Wednesday night in the Leopards’ tri-match with Frankfort and Fort Hill.

Bryce, a freshman, who began the night with a 9-4 season record, suffered a back injury in Smithsburg’s 48-27 victory over Frankfort, forcing the Leopards to forfeit in the 106-pound weight class in a 46-34 loss to Fort Hill.

“That’s the match, a 12-point swing,” Smithsburg coach Joe Dietrich said.

Senior Kian Roberts did his part to carry the load for the Leopards, going 2-0 with a pair of first-period pins at 132.

“That put our team down a little bit,” said Roberts of Bryce’s injury. “He’s one of our better wrestlers. And I don’t know how to describe it, he’s like our team mascot. (Bryce getting injured) fired us all up. That really made me want to go out there and beat my kid.”

Ryan Milligan, who also went 2-0 for Smithsburg, also seemed to be fired up after Bryce went down. He trailed Frankfort’s Derek George 8-7 in their bout at 120, before scoring a takedown and three-point nearfall in the closing moments to prevail 12-8.

“That was huge, a super comeback,” Dietrich said.

With the split, the Leopards, who are still without standout middleweight Dillan Harbaugh (shoulder injury), are an even 4-4 this season.

“We just can’t seem to dodge the injury plague,” Dietrich said. “With the injuries and the young kids who are having to wrestle varsity, we’re doing OK.”

Senior Chase Scott (160) and junior Travis Leopold (182) also each went 2-0 for Smithsburg on Wednesday. Leopold recorded the quickest fall of the night, pinning Fort Hill’s Leroy Miller in 19 seconds, while Scott rolled with a technical fall against Frankfort and a major decision against Fort Hill to improve to 18-0 on the season.

“I was a little disappointed I didn’t get pins, but I guess I just have to be glad that I won,” Scott said. “I’m glad to be undefeated. I just hope to stay that way as long as possible.”

Scott, a captain, was hopeful the rebuilding Leopards would get the team sweep Wednesday.

“We did the best that we could,” he said. “But we have a lot of new wrestlers. It’s hard to win while trying to teach that many kids. But we’re doing good with what we have.”

In the other match, Fort Hill defeated Frankfort 51-30 to improve to 11-11. Frankfort dropped to 9-20.

Smithsburg 48, Frankfort 27
106 — Cody Vargo (Fr) inj. def. Dylan Bryce; 113 — Danny Morlen (Fr) m.d. Dalton Alexander, 11-2; 120 — Ryan Milligan (Sm) d. Derek George, 12-8; 126 — Stephan Buser (Fr) t.f. Taylor Lampasona, 16-1, 4:17; 132 — Kian Roberts (Sm) p. Cullen Clark, :22; 138 — Ian Mull (Fr) fft.; 145 — Zach Mutchler (Sm) fft.; 152 — Marco Ortega (Sm) m.d. Peyton Davidson, 12-4; 160 — Chase Scott (Sm) t.f. Braxton Lewis, 15-0, 4:44; 170 — Dalton Condo (Fr) fft.; 182 — Travis Leopold (Sm) fft.; 195 — Ethan Peer (Fr) p. Cory Michael, 5:01; 220 — Sam Keyser (Sm) fft.; 285 — Saul Herrera (Sm) fft.

Fort Hill 46, Smithsburg 34
106 — Josh Cooper (FH) fft.; 113 — Tristan Tressler (FH) p. Dalton Alexander, :44; 120 — Taylor Lampasona (Sm) p. Ashley White, 2:24; 126 — Ryan Milligan (Sm) fft.; 132 — Kian Roberts (Sm) p. Keith Rice, 1:05; 138 — Jarslav Candler (FH) fft.; 145 — Dillon Darr (FH) p. Zach Mutchler, 5:08; 152 — Joey Turbin (FH) p. Marco Ortega, 1:05; 160 — Chase Scott (Sm) m.d. Nick Meneghini, 10-1; 170 — Cody Arigo (FH) m.d. Dalton Condo, 9-0; 182 — Travis Leopold (Sm) p. Leroy Miller, :19; 195 — Cory Michael (Sm) p. Jordan Nichols, 2:44; 220 — Brennan Carlin (FH) p. Sam Keyser, 3:57; 285 — Roger Dawson (FH) p. Saul Herrera, :50.

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