Wrestling: Strategy gives Rockets cause to win Rebel title

January 14, 2012|By ANDREW MASON |
  • Williamsport's Sinjin Shoop lifts Boonsboro's Charles Anoman off the mat during their 126-pound match on Saturday at the Rebel Duals. Shoop scored a 8-7 decision as the Wildcats defeated the Warriors 69-11 en route to finishing third in the nine-team tournament.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — The event director couldn’t have scripted a better ending to the Rebel Duals at South Hagerstown on Saturday.

The team title came down to the last bout of the last dual meet still in progress. It was James Buchanan’s Devin Reed vs. Century’s Ryder Cavey at 285 pounds for all the marbles.

But with JB leading 37-32, Reed didn’t have to beat Cavey for the Rockets to win the title. He just couldn’t let Cavey pin him.

“I was nervous. You never know what’s going to happen in a heavyweight bout,” JB coach Matt Gordon said. “We just told (Reed) to stay off his back and wrestle conservatively. But that’s hard to tell him because he always goes 100 mph. He’s like a bull in a china shop when he gets on the mat.”

While Reed — who lost 18-4 to Cavey earlier this season — did indeed take a few chances, he survived a few scares and kept it close this time. Cavey won the battle 6-4, but the Rockets won the war 37-35 to capture their first Rebel title.

JB finished the two-day, nine-team invitational with an 8-0 record, while Century was the runner-up at 7-1, Williamsport took third at 6-2 and Boonsboro was fourth at 5-3.

“This is a big deal for us and a good motivator for the boys the rest of the season,” Gordon said.

The Rockets had four weight-class champions as Hunter Faith (106 pounds), Austin Tucker (120), Blake Egolf (126) and Todd Meyers (152) each went 8-0. Also, Trevor Meyers (138) went 7-1 to raise his career record to 101-28, becoming just the third wrestler in JB history to reach the 100-win milestone.

Williamsport had two champs — Zach Shoemaker, who went 8-0 at 160, and Jacob Cody, who was 7-1 at 182.

It was the fourth straight Rebel title for Shoemaker, a senior, who improved to 26-0 this season and 121-18 for his career. Twenty-seven of his career victories have come at the Rebel Duals.

“You just have to have endurance,” said Shoemaker of his Rebel success, “because it’s match after match after match and it gets tiring after a while. But I just don’t really get that tired from wrestling. I don’t know why.”

Shoemaker now has his sights on the Williamsport school record for career wins (131), set last year by then-senior Kemper Baker, and the overall Washington County record (133), set in 2001 by Wayne Boward, who wrestled for both Williamsport and North Hagerstown.

“It’d just be awesome to break that because Wayne was definitely a great wrestler,” Shoemaker said. “I pretty much have to win out.”

Williamsport, which entered as the two-time defending Rebel team champ, had to settle for third this year after falling to both JB and Century.

“Both James Buchanan and Century have quality teams. We wrestled tough but just came out on the short end,” Williamsport coach Mike Rechtorovic said. “We have a young team, and we had a lot of guys come out with winning records. Eleven of our guys went 5-3 or better.”

After going 0-3 Friday, host South went 4-1 Saturday to finish with an even record. In the Rebels’ final match, which wound up being for fourth place, they were edged 42-36 by Boonsboro.

But South coach Thomas Ashby seemingly couldn’t have been prouder of his team’s effort, especially since the Rebels were missing four starters due to injuries, including standout heavyweights Marquil Holt and Aaron Rowland.

“The boys wrestled hard,” Ashby said. “Determination, respect and hard work translated into victories. It’s what we’ve been preaching all year. The kids wrestled their hearts out with an extended lineup.”

Chris Collins was the champ at 195 for the Rebels, going 8-0.

Rebel Duals
at South Hagerstown
Final team standings: 1. James Buchanan 8-0; 2. Century 7-1; 3. Williamsport 6-2; 4. Boonsboro 5-3; 5. South Hagerstown 4-4; 6. Frederick 3-5; 7. Walkersville 2-6; 8. Linganore 1-7; 9. Thomas Johnson 0-8.
Saturday’s match scores
(first four rounds were Friday)
Round 5: South 48, Frederick 36; JB 66, TJ 18; Williamsport 60, Linganore 21; Century 57, Walkersville 16.
Round 6: Century 52, Boonsboro 27; JB 46, Williamsport 25; Frederick 42, Linganore 36; South 42, TJ 30.
Round 7: South 48, Walkersville 35; Century 51, Linganore 36; Williamsport 76, TJ 6; JB 57, Boonsboro 24.
Round 8: Century 57, TJ 24; Williamsport 69, Boonsboro 11; South 48, Linganore 34; Frederick 48, Walkersville 36.
Round 9: JB 37, Century 35; Boonsboro 42, South 36; Walkersville 42, Linganore 36; Frederick 51, TJ 24.
Weight-class champions
106 — Hunter Faith (JB) 8-0; 113 — Ethan Smolly (Ce) 8-0; 120 — Austin Tucker (JB) 8-0; 126 — Blake Egolf (JB) 8-0; 132 — Craig Etchison (Wa) 7-1; 138 — Kyle Tye (Ce) 8-0; 145 — Logan Ryder (Ce) 8-0; 152 — Todd Meyers (JB) 8-0; 160 — Zach Shoemaker (Wi) 8-0; 170 — Nick Dantzler (Ce) 7-1; 182 — Jacob Cody (Wi) 7-1; 195 — Chris Collins (SH) 8-0; 220 — Blake Lincoln (Wa) 8-0; 285 — Ryder Cavey (Ce) 8-0.

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