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Wrestling: North wins 20th straight city match over South

January 18, 2012|By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com
  • North Hagerstown's Amont Hawkins, top, takes control of his 220-pound bout against South Hagerstown's Avery Bolton on Wednesday at South. Hawkins pinned Bolton in 1 minute, 14 seconds.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — North Hagerstown vs. South Hagerstown on the wrestling mat has been about as one-sided as rivalries get.

The Hubs defeated the host Rebels 60-15 on Wednesday night, winning the annual city showdown for the 20th straight year while extending their lead in the all-time series to 33-13.

“It’s a rivalry, and we always come out here and wrestle hard to the end,” North senior Kenneth Burrs said. “We don’t want to ruin our win streak. We want to keep it going as long as we can.”

Even though the Hubs (11-4, 4-0 MVAL Antietam) were overwhelming favorites against the Rebels (7-8, 1-4) on Wednesday, they weren’t taking anything for granted.

“Just look at North-South football this year,” longtime Hubs coach Greg Slick said. “On paper, North was supposed to be the better team, and we saw South just dominate North High (in a 40-7 rout). The good thing about high school sports is that it’s not decided on paper.”

On the mat, the Hubs took control, prevailing in 10 of the 14 weight classes.

North’s Duncan Yeisley won the first bout of the night by forfeit at 120 pounds, and the Hubs never looked back. Their other nine wins were all pins, as Brendon Colbert (126), Gene Balcita (132), Diantra Landry (138), Andre McCall (152), Burrs (170), Connor McHose (182), Amont Hawkins (220), Dylan Dopson (285) and Mike Tobery (106) each won by fall.

“We thought we’d win, but we didn’t want to be too cocky because South High has a good team,” said Tobery, a junior. “I’m just happy to say we’ve been able to beat South High the three years I’ve been at North, and hopefully next year we’ll be able to win it again.”

While Wednesday’s final score might not reflect it, South, which only won one dual meet last season, is a team on the rise. The Rebels were missing several starters due to injuries, including standouts Marquil Holt (220) and Aaron Rowland (285), but never stopped fighting.

“We won four matches tonight, and we were missing five key starters,” said South first-year coach Thomas Ashby. “If we have them, maybe we get a few extra wins there and make it close. But we’re happy with those four wins because North has a great team.”

Two of South’s victories were dramatic. At 145, Terry Chapman trailed North’s Ryan Hartsock 4-0 in the second period, before reversing him to his back and pinning him in 3:58. And in the final bout of the night at 113, South’s Tyler Moser trailed Collin Edwards 9-2 entering the third period, before rallying to tie score at 11-11 by the end of regulation and then taking Edwards down in sudden-death overtime for a 13-11 victory.

Michael King (160) and Chris Collins (195) also each won by decision for the Rebels, who will have to wait until next year to try to end their skid against the Hubs.

“It’s been since my freshman year, the last time we’ve beaten North,” said Ashby, a 1995 South graduate. “But we’re making strides.”

Slick has noticed.

“Coach Ashby is doing some really good things with the kids over here,” he said. “They’ve got good numbers, and I see nothing but good for him.”

North Hagerstown 60, South Hagerstown 15
120 — Yeisley (NH) fft.; 126 — Colbert (NH) p. Heinrich, 2:47; 132 — Balcita (NH) p. Smith, :39; 138 — Landry (NH) p. McKoy, :16; 145 — Chapman (SH) p. Hartsock, 3:58; 152 — McCall (NH) p. Green, 1:35; 160 — King (SH) d. Leone, 12-7; 170 — Burrs (NH) p. Shuck, :50; 182 — McHose (NH) p. Young, 1:43; 195 — Collins (SH) d. Rosario, 6-3; 220 — Hawkins (NH) p. Bolton, 1:14; 285 — Dopson (NH) p. Deleon, 1:40; 106 — Tobery (NH) p. Dagenhart, 3:30; 113 — Moser (SH) d. Edwards, 13-11 (OT).

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