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Wrestling: Wildcats fail to step up against Rams

January 28, 2012|By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT — Southern Garrett might not be the state wrestling power it’s been in recent years, but the Rams are still too mighty for Williamsport.

Southern prevailed in the teams’ annual dual meet for the fifth straight year, winning 42-36 Saturday afternoon to spoil the Wildcats’ Senior Day festivities.

The Rams (17-11) took victories in eight of the 14 weight classes with six pins and two decisions.

“I’m very disappointed,” said Williamsport coach Mike Rechtorovic, whose team dropped to 13-8. “We gave up too many pins. You can’t give up six pins and expect to win a match against anybody.”

Southern is two years removed from winning its second straight team title at the Maryland 2A-1A state tournament, and the Rams no longer have a stable of individual state champions.

“This was our year to beat them,” Williamsport senior co-captain Zach Shoemaker said, “and we had a lot of guys who didn’t step up.”

The match started at 126 pounds, and after two bouts, the Wildcats led 12-0 as Sinjin Shoop (126) won by forfeit and George Ardinger (132) won by pin.

Southern answered with pins by Dakota Pritt (138), Tanner Massey (145) and Mikey Skipper (152) to go up 18-12.

After Shoemaker evened the score at 18-18 with a pin at 160, the Rams took control.

“I did really all I could do,” Shoemaker said. “But it was pretty much what could go wrong, did go wrong.”

While Williamsport’s Austin Keadle (170) and Jacob Cody (182) both scored the first takedowns in their bouts, they both lost. Keadle got pinned by Scott Cooper in the third period, and Cody dropped a 12-9 decision to Coty Rasel, as Southern took a 27-18 lead.

Things then went from bad to worse for the Wildcats. At 195, Ben Loeser led Southern’s Will Foulke 8-2 in the second period, before he got reversed to his back and pinned in 3:53, as the Rams went up 33-18 with five bouts left.

Williamsport got back in it with wins by forfeit by Brandon Iseminger (220) and Zach Nalley (285) to reduce the deficit to 33-30. But that’s as close as it would get. Southern got a pin from Garrett Beachy at 106 to go up 39-30, and Austin Shaffer — the Rams’ highly touted and state-ranked 106-pounder — bumped up to 113 and beat Kenny Smith 11-5 to give his team an insurmountable 42-30 lead with only one bout left.

At 120, Williamsport’s Bryan Davis pinned Josh King in the first period to tighten the final score.

For the Wildcats, Shoemaker improved his season record to 29-0, but he was left without a team win in his career against Southern.

“It’s hard to blame it on any one person on the team,” Shoemaker said. “But there are definitely people who shouldn’t have given up pins, and definitely people who should have won but didn’t.”

Southern Garrett 42, Williamsport 36
126 — Shoop (W) fft.; 132 — Ardinger (W) p. Sines, 1:03; 138 — Pritt (SG) p. Baker, 5:23; 145 — Massey (SG) p. D. Nalley, 1:34; 152 — Skipper (SG) p. Myers, :25; 160 — Shoemaker (W) p. Collins, 1:34; 170 — Cooper (SG) p. Keadle, 4:27; 182 — Rasel (SG) d. Cody, 12-9; 195 — Foulke (SG) p. Be. Loeser, 3:53; 220 — Iseminger (W) fft.; 285 — Z. Nalley (W) fft.; 106 — Beachy (SG) p. Ba. Loeser, 1:26; 113 — Shaffer (SG) d. Smith, 11-5; 120 — Davis (W) p. King, 1:25.

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