JB displays its Pa. wrestling attitude

January 13, 2012|By ANDREW MASON |

HAGERSTOWN — After several down years, the James Buchanan wrestling team finally is flexing some Pennsylvania muscle at the annual Rebel Duals at South Hagerstown.

While the Rockets began the nine-team, two-day invitational Friday with a seemingly mediocre 10-11 dual-meet record, being an average team in the wrestling-rich Keystone State makes them a team to be reckoned with most other places.

JB went 4-0 at South on Friday and none of the matches were close. The Rockets beat Walkersville 52-23, Linganore 72-2, the host Rebels 64-18 and Frederick 60-21.

“It’s tough up there. There’s a wrestling tradition up there,” said JB coach Matt Gordon of Pennsylvania. “Some of my guys wrestle 12 months a year. It’s just what you do. It’s a way of life for a lot of the guys on the team. They eat, sleep and breathe wrestling. That’s what you have to do to compete up there. And that’s something we’ve been lacking for a while. It’s been nothing like what I have now.”

The Rockets will have four more matches today, including a showdown against Century, which also went unbeaten Friday. Century, which capped its night with a 42-28 victory over defending Rebel champ Williamsport, is the No. 13 dual meet team in all of Maryland, according to the recent Maryland State Wrestling Association rankings.

JB and Century already have faced each other once this season, at the Chambersburg Duals on Dec. 29, and JB won rather convincingly, 48-31.

“I don’t really care what happened the last time we wrestled Century,” Gordon said. “This is a new day and anything can happen. And I’m still worried about Williamsport. They always wrestle us tough.”

Each of the nine teams wrestles each of the other eight teams once this weekend. Final standings will be determined by team records.

On Friday, Boonsboro and JB each went 4-0, Century was 3-0, Williamsport was 3-1, Linganore was 1-2, Walkersville was 1-3, Thomas Johnson and South each went 0-3 and Frederick was 0-4.

Boonsboro, which began the night with a 1-4 season mark, now has a winning record at 5-4. The Warriors swept the Frederick County teams, beating Linganore 48-21, Thomas Johnson 57-24, Frederick 45-33 and Walkersville 51-30.

“I really hated looking at that record, everybody did,” Boonsboro coach Mike McGill said. “Coming out of here with a winning record is definitely one of our goals.”

The Warriors certainly will be tested today with consecutive matches against Century, JB and Williamsport. And they’ll have to compete without their best wrestler, 145-pounder Joe Minoglio, who suffered an injury against TJ on Friday.

“We’ll just go at them and see what happens,” McGill said.

Williamsport’s Zach Nalley prevailed in one of the most thrilling bouts of the night Friday, pinning Walkersville’s state-ranked Ty Tucker in triple overtime at 285 pounds.

“It gets the adrenaline going,” said Nalley of the overtime action. “You think you’ll be tired, but then you get your second wind.”

Today’s wrestling at South begins at 9 a.m.

Rebel Duals
at South Hagerstown
Team records through Friday: Boonsboro 4-0, James Buchanan 4-0, Century 3-0, Williamsport 3-1, Linganore 1-2, Walkersville 1-3, South Hagerstown 0-3, Thomas Johnson 0-3, Frederick 0-4.
Match scores
Round 1: Century 63, South 18; Williamsport 71, Frederick 4; Boonsboro 48, Linganore 21; JB 52, Walkersville 23.
Round 2: JB 72, Linganore 2; Boonsboro 57, TJ 24; Century 68, Frederick 12; Williamsport 69, Walkersville 12.
Round 3: Boonsboro 45, Frederick 33; Century 42, Williamsport 28; Walkersville 45, TJ 24; JB 64, South 18.
Round 4: Williamsport 63, South 15; Linganore 42, TJ 33; Boonsboro 51, Walkersville 30; JB 60, Frederick 21.

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