Wrestling: Hubs have - and beat - Cougars' number

February 02, 2012|By ANDREW MASON |

THURMONT, Md. — North Hagerstown wrestling coach Greg Slick had Catoctin sized up pretty well before their MVAL Antietam Conference showdown Thursday night.

“When I looked at it on paper, I thought they were going to score 30 points,” he said. “I was only hoping we’d score 31.”

The Hubs did that and more. They beat the host Cougars 42-30 to take home the Antietam title, completing a perfect run through the conference.

It was the first Antietam loss for Catoctin (17-4, 3-1), which began the night as the No. 14 dual-meet team in the Maryland State Wrestling Association’s top-20 state poll. North (15-4, 6-0) was an honorable mention.

“Maybe we’ll move up somewhere now,” Slick said.

With the victory, the Hubs also kept their hopes alive of advancing to the four-team Maryland 4A-3A West region dual-meet championships Wednesday.

“The kids have worked hard all season,” Slick said. “The incentive has been the MVAL Antietam championship and a spot in the region duals.

“The kids were focused all week. A pre-match speech wasn’t needed tonight. They knew it was important. ... I’m proud of them.”

North, which took victories in nine of the 14 weight classes Thursday, got a big win in the very first bout as Andre McCall prevailed 4-2 over Catoctin’s Kyle Wathen in triple overtime at 152 pounds for a 3-0 Hubs lead.

“That win by McCall was key for us,” Slick said. “It started us out.”

While the lead didn’t last long, as Cougars star Collin Schildt recorded a 31-second pin at 160 for a 6-3 Catoctin advantage, the Hubs’ upper weights were ready to seize the momentum.

Kenneth Burrs (170), Connor McHose (182), Antonio Rosario (195) and Amont Hawkins (220) each won by pin and Dylan Dopson (285) won by forfeit, as North had a commanding 33-6 lead with seven bouts left.

After Catoctin’s Garrett Buckley (106) and Tim Nordon (113) cut the deficit to 33-18 with a pair of pins, the Hubs got decisions from Duncan Yeisley (120), Brendon Colbert (126) and Gene Balcita (132) for an insurmountable 42-18 lead with just two bouts left (both wins by pin for the Cougars).

It was Colbert’s 9-5 win over Charlie Perella that clinched it.

“One of my teammates said, ‘You win, we win,’” said Colbert, who improved his season record to 25-0. “So I knew I had to get it.”

It was the closest bout of the season for Colbert, who had to overcome his first deficit after Perella became the only opponent to take him down early in the first period.

“Right off the start, he caught me, and I’m just thinking, ‘Man, first takedown all season, I’ve got to get this one back,’” said Colbert, who immediately answered with a reversal, followed by a pair of two-point nearfalls to take the lead for good.

“Perella’s a tough wrestler and is getting a lot better,” he said. “I really needed that going into counties and states. I needed a tough match to get my cardio up.”

North closes out its regular season with a tri-meet with Fort Hill and Francis Scott Key on Saturday at Fort Hill. The Hubs currently are tied with Walter Johnson for fourth place in the region standings, while Damascus, Springbrook and Wootton appear to have the top three spots sealed.

If North and Walter Johnson both win out, as they’re likely to do, they’ll remain tied for the final spot.

“It’s probably going to come down to a coin flip, which is going to stink for whoever doesn’t get in,” Slick said.

North Hagerstown 42, Catoctin 30
152 — McCall (NH) d. Wathen, 4-2 (3OT); 160 — Schildt (C) p. Leone, :31; 170 — Burrs (NH) p. G. Rohrbaugh, 2:20; 182 — McHose (NH) p. P. Rohrbaugh, :56; 195 — Rosario (NH) p. Shriner, 3:57; 220 — Hawkins (NH) p. Stone, 1:27; 285 — Dopson (NH) fft.; 106 — Buckley (C) p. Tobery, 2:29; 113 — Nordon (C) p. Edwards, :52; 120 — Yeisley (NH) d. Overzat, 3-0; 126 — Colbert (NH) d. Perella, 9-5; 132 — Balcita (NH) d. Simmel, 10-6; 138 — Puvel (C) p. Landry, 4:40; 145 — Guilday (C) p. Hartsock, 2:46.
Records: North 15-4 (6-0); Catoctin 17-4 (3-1).

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