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Prep Wrestling: Hubs take down Warriors to knock one goal off their list

January 25, 2012|By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com
  • North Hagerstown's Kenneth Burrs takes Boonsboro's Kurt McIlwee to the mat in their 170-pound bout Wednesday. Burrs won by pin in the second period.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — After a brief departure, the North Hagerstown and Boonsboro wrestling teams returned to their traditional roles Wednesday night in their MVAL Antietam dual meet at North, as the Hubs emerged the victors.

North, celebrating Senior Night, rolled to a 60-9 win — one year after the Warriors defeated the Hubs for the first time ever, 42-31.

“There were obviously some bitter, bitter feelings after last year’s loss at Boonsboro,” North coach Greg Slick said. “This was one of the goals since the beginning of the year — to correct a mistake.”

The Hubs (13-4, 5-0) won 12 of 14 bouts against the Warriors (7-8, 1-3) on Wednesday, getting pins from Mike Tobery (106 pounds), Brendon Colbert (126), Gene Balcita (132), Diantra Landry (138), Kenneth Burrs (170), Connor McHose (182) and Antonio Rosario (195). Duncan Yeisley (120) won by decision for North, while Ryan Hartsock (145), Michael Leone (160), Amont Hawkins (220) and Dylan Dopson (285) each won by forfeit.

While the Hubs easily prevailed, the match did not lack drama.

Immediately after Burrs pinned Boonsboro’s Kurt McIlwee in the second period at 170, the pair had to be separated. Burrs was hit with a flagrant misconduct penalty for vulgar language and stormed off the mat, throwing his headgear and sending a chair flying. North lost the six points Burrs had earned for the pin and was deducted an additional three team points — as the score changed from 18-3 to 9-3 at the time.

Slick said Burrs, who was ejected from Wednesday’s contest, also will receive a one-match suspension, meaning he won’t be allowed to compete in North’s dual at Allegany on Saturday.

“I’ve never seen the kid react anywhere close to that,” said Slick of Burrs, who’s a senior co-captain with a 22-1 season record. “Obviously, he lost control with his temper. I’m not going to speculate what was said (to set him off), but there’s no justification with what he did.”

Boonsboro coach Mike McGill declined to comment on the incident.

Fortunately for the Hubs, the nine points they lost didn’t affect the outcome of the match against the overmatched Warriors, who were down three starters.

For Boonsboro, Jake Stauffer won by pin at 113 and Davon Clark won by decision at 152.

“Coming into the match, we weren’t expecting to win, but the goal was to fight very hard,” McGill said. “North High has a great team this year, and it was an uphill battle. We fought pretty hard and we made a few mistakes, but the effort and energy were there.”

The night was actually a double-dual meet for North, which began by clobbering Thomas Johnson 78-6.

Colbert (126), Balcita (132), Landry (138), Hartsock (145), Andre McCall (152), Leone (160), Burrs (170), McHose (182), Hawkins (220) and Dopson (285) each won by pin for the Hubs, while Rosario (195), Tobery (106) and Yeisley (120) each won by forfeit. Six of the bouts lasted 30 seconds or less, highlighted by McHose’s 5-second pin.

North Hagerstown 60, Boonsboro 9
145 — Hartsock (NH) fft.; 152 — Clark (B) d. McCall, 11-7; 160 — Leone (NH) fft.; 170 — Burrs (NH) p. McIlwee, 2:38; 182 — McHose (NH) p. Pfeiffer, :35; 195 — Rosario (NH) p. King, 1:03; 220 — Hawkins (NH) fft.; 285 — Dopson (NH) fft.; 106 — Tobery (NH) p. Nicodemus, :28; 113 — Stauffer (B) p. Edwards, 4:41; 120 — Yeisley (NH) d. Hawkins, 7-5; 126 — Colbert (NH) p. Anoman, 1:25; 132 — Balcita (NH) p. Krantz, 4:43; 138 — Landry (NH) p. Wilbraham, 3:21.

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