Wrestling: Shoemaker keeps record spotless as 'Cats rip Leopards

February 01, 2012|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent
  • Williamsport's Zach Shoemaker, right, strides off the mat after recording a 9-0 major decision over Smithsburg's Chase Scott on Wednesday in a battle of county unbeatens at 160 pounds during the Wildcats' 75-6 victory.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

SMITHSBURG — When it all was over, Zach Shoemaker stood alone.

Shoemaker had been sharing the top of Washington County’s mountain at 160 pounds with Smithsburg’s Chase Scott. By the end of their showdown, the Williamsport senior owned the best view.

Shoemaker took control of Scott from the start and scored a 9-0 major decision to highlight Williamsport’s 75-6 victory over Smithsburg in its final dual meet of the season.

“I was definitely excited for the match. It feels good that I knocked (Scott) from the ranks of the unbeaten,” said Shoemaker.

Shoemaker got a takedown and a two-point near fall in the first round and a reversal in the second round for a 5-0 lead. He finished off the win with two more quick takedowns in the final period to earn the major decision and stretch his record to 30-0.

Scott is now 24-1.

“We knew (Scott) was undefeated and Zach wanted the match,” said Williamsport coach Mike Rechtorovic. “Zach should be excited that he won. Scott’s a good wrestler.”

Williamsport (14-8, 4-2) scored pins in nine of the 14 weight classes.

Kenny Smith picked up a forfeit at 113 to give the Wildcats an early lead they only expanded. Bryan Davis (120) and Sinjin Shoop (126) scored first-round pins, and George Ardinger (132) and Killian Baker (138) each notched second-round falls.

Devan Nalley (145) and Nick Myers (152) added pins to increase Williamsport’s lead to 41-0.

“We didn’t wrestle the way were capable on Saturday (against Southern Garrett). Tonight we wanted to be ready,” said Rechtorovic. “Smithsburg is one of our county rivals. We were still a little fired up from Saturday and we wanted to finish our season on a high note.”

Smithsburg (5-10, 0-5) avoided the shutout when Travis Leopold pinned Jacob Cody at 182 for the only highlight of the Leopards’ evening.

Austin Keadle (170), Brandon Iseminger (220) and Zach Nalley (285) earned Williamsport’s final three pins and Ben Loeser (195) and Barry Loeser (106) got forfeits to close the scoring.

“They matched up really well and it showed on the scoreboard,” said Smithsburg coach Joe Dietrich. “We just have to do the best we can the rest of the season. We have four more matches. We’ll get through those and we’ll build on each one.”

While Smithsburg is still wrestling in its regular season, Williamsport is looking ahead to the county tournament.

“We’ve got a little time to prepare for it. We’ll go back to practice and just get ready,” Rechtorovic. “We’re in preparation mode now.”

Williamsport 75, Smithsburg 6
113 — Smith (W) fft.; 120 — Davis (W) p. Milligan, 1:19; 126 — Shoop (W) p. Lampasona, 1:55; 132 — Ardinger (W) p. Roberts, 3:48; 138 — Baker (W) p. Harbaugh, 3:58; 145 — D. Nalley (W) p. Mutchler, 4:31; 152 — Myers (W) p. Ortega, 2:33; 160 — Shoemaker m.d. Scott, 9-0; 170 — Keadle p. Condo, 4:24; 182 — Leopold (S) p. Cody, 3:28; 195 — Be. Loeser (W) fft.; 220 — Iseminger (W) p. Keyser, 1:55; 285 — Z. Nalley (W) p. Hererra, 2:41; 106 — Ba. Loeser (W) fft.
Note: Williamsport lost a team point for unsportsmanslike conduct.
Records: Williamsport 14-8, 3-2; Smithsburg 5-10, 0-5.

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