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Wrestling: Hubs win county, but not without a fight

February 18, 2012|By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com
  • Williamsport's Killian Baker celebrates after winning his fourth county title. He edged North Hagerstown's Diantra Landry in an 8-7 quadruple-overtime thriller in the 138-pound final Saturday.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — As expected, North Hagerstown seized the Clyde Downs Trophy at the 22nd annual Washington County Wrestling Championships on Saturday.

But host Williamsport didn’t lose its grasp of it without a fight.

The heavily favored Hubs, who clobbered all of their county opponents in dual meets this season, held off the three-time defending champion Wildcats 196.5-192 to capture the team title for the first time since 2008 and seventh time overall.

South Hagerstown finished third (111), Smithsburg was fourth (102) and Boonsboro was fifth (70.5).

There were six lead changes between North and Williamsport during the championship finals, and the Hubs’ margin of victory (4.5 points) was the third smallest in the history of the tournament.

“This is just typical of the competition we have in this county,” North coach Greg Slick said. “It’s a small county, but it’s a competitive county. There’s not a kid in this gym who wouldn’t give anything to be a county champ.”

The Hubs had champs in five of the 14 weight classes, getting titles from Brendon Colbert (120 pounds), Gene Balcita (126), Ryan Hartsock (145), Kenneth Burrs (170) and Connor McHose (182). Colbert and McHose both became two-time county champs, while North’s Duncan Yeisley, a champ last year and the favorite at 113 this year, did not compete Saturday for undisclosed reasons.

“We did it with those five kids who won titles and the 13 kids overall who scored points for us,” Slick said. “That’s what you need.”

Williamsport also had five champs — Barry Loeser (106), Kenny Smith (113), George Ardinger (132), Killian Baker (138) and Zach Shoemaker (160).

“I am more proud of this team than I was of the last two years when we were expected to win it,” Williamsport coach Mike Rechtorovic said. “No one gave us a shot this year. Everyone thought that North High would just show up and win the trophy, but we made them earn it.

“North High has a good team, and they deserve it. But I am very, very proud of my guys and how they wrestled today. They really went after it.”

Baker and Shoemaker both became four-time champs, a feat accomplished now by only 12 wrestlers in county history.

While Shoemaker had little difficulty, pinning South’s Michael King in the first period of the finals, Baker had to work harder than he ever had at the tourney.

Baker prevailed 8-7 over North’s Diantra Landry, his former teammate, in an ultimate tiebreaker (quadruple overtime) in the finals. He escaped from Landry, who wrestled JV last year for the Wildcats, after 8 minutes and 18 seconds of action for the victory.

“That was a great match, and they both showed a lot of heart,” Rechtorovic said. “They are really good buddies and were practice partners last year. ... Winning in quadruple overtime isn’t easy, but Baker found a way to get it done.

“And Shoemaker, of course, just took care of business.”

Shoemaker’s quick pin at 160 gave Williamsport a 192-186.5 lead, but it didn’t last long as Burrs and McHose followed with wins for North. Burrs pinned Williamsport’s Austin Keadle in 2:46 at 170 to give his team a half-point lead, and McHose defeated Smithsburg’s Travis Leopold 4-1 at 182 for the final margin of victory.

While North still had two wrestlers waiting to wrestle in the finals (at 195 and 220) and Williamsport had one (at 285), none of the three won as the Hubs held on for the team title.

“It feels good,” McHose said. “Our goal was to win the county tournament and now our sights are set on regionals.”

South, which had its best team finish in nine years, swept the three heaviest weights, getting titles from Chris Collins (195), Marquil Holt (220) and Aaron Rowland (285).

Rowland, who was the third seed, prevailed in arguably the toughest weight class. He beat second-seeded Dylan Dopson of North 7-4 in the semifinals and then edged top-seeded Zach Nalley of Williamsport 2-1 in triple overtime in the last bout of the finals.

Nalley would have needed a major decision or more to lift the Wildcats.

Chase Scott was the champ at 152 for Smithsburg.

Team scores: 1. North Hagerstown 196.5; 2. Williamsport 192; 3. South Hagerstown 111; 4. Smithsburg 102; 5. Boonsboro 70.5.

Championship finals
106 — Loeser (Wi) d. Tobery (NH) 6-5; 113 — Smith (Wi) p. Moser (SH) 2:34; 120 — Colbert (NH) t.f. Davis (Wi) 18-1, 5:04; 126 — Balcita (NH) p. Shoop (Wi) 4:59; 132 — Ardinger (Wi) p. Roberts (Sm) 1:23; 138 — Baker (Wi) d. Landry (NH) 8-7 (4OT); 145 — Hartsock (NH) d. Chapman (SH) 8-3; 152 — Scott (Sm) m.d. Clark (Bo) 10-0; 160 — Shoemaker (Wi) p. King (SH) 1:25; 170 — Burrs (NH) p. Keadle (Wi) 2:46; 182 — McHose (NH) d. Leopold (Sm) 4-1; 195 — Collins (SH) d. Rosario (NH) 1-0; 220 — Holt (SH) d. Hawkins (NH) 4-2; 285 — Rowland (SH) d. Nalley (Wi) 2-1 (3OT).
Consolation finals
106 — Bryce (Sm) p. Dagenhart (SH) 2:27; 113 — Stauffer (Bo) fft. Yeisley (NH); 120 — Hawkins (Bo) d. Milligan (Sm) 13-6; 126 — Anoman (Bo) p. Lampasona (Sm) 2:50; 132 — Brown (NH) p. Krantz (Bo) 4:31; 138 — Wilbraham (Bo) inj. def. McKoy (SH); 145 — Harbaugh (Sm) p. Nalley (Wi) 2:17; 152 — McCall (NH) p. Kennedy (Wi) 3:27; 160 — Leone (NH) p. Ortega (Sm) :35; 170 — Urama (Bo) p. Condo (Sm) :49; 182 — Cody (Wi) d. Moore (SH) 10-8; 195 — Loeser (Wi) p. Pfeiffer (Bo) 2:17; 220 — Iseminger (Wi) p. Keyser (Sm) :40; 285 — Dopson (NH) p. Hererra (Sm) :26.
106 — Loeser (Wi) d. Tobery (NH) 6-5; 113 — Smith (Wi) p. Moser (SH) 2:34; 120 — Colbert (NH) t.f. Davis (Wi) 18-1, 5:04; 126 — Balcita (NH) p. Shoop (Wi) 4:59; 132 — Ardinger (Wi) p. Roberts (Sm) 1:23; 138 — Baker (Wi) d. Landry (NH) 8-7 (4OT); 145 — Hartsock (NH) d. Chapman (SH) 8-3; 152 — Scott (Sm) m.d. Clark (Bo) 10-0; 160 — Shoemaker (Wi) p. King (SH) 1:25; 170 — Burrs (NH) p. Keadle (Wi) 2:46; 182 — McHose (NH) d. Leopold (Sm) 4-1; 195 — Collins (SH) d. Rosario (NH) 1-0; 220 — Holt (SH) d. Hawkins (NH) 4-2; 285 — Rowland (SH) d. Nalley (Wi) 2-1 (3OT).
Consolation finals
106 — Bryce (Sm) p. Dagenhart (SH) 2:27; 113 — Stauffer (Bo) fft. Yeisley (NH); 120 — Hawkins (Bo) d. Milligan (Sm) 13-6; 126 — Anoman (Bo) p. Lampasona (Sm) 2:50; 132 — Brown (NH) p. Krantz (Bo) 4:31; 138 — Wilbraham (Bo) inj. def. McKoy (SH); 145 — Harbaugh (Sm) p. Nalley (Wi) 2:17; 152 — McCall (NH) p. Kennedy (Wi) 3:27; 160 — Leone (NH) p. Ortega (Sm) :35; 170 — Urama (Bo) p. Condo (Sm) :49; 182 — Cody (Wi) d. Moore (SH) 10-8; 195 — Loeser (Wi) p. Pfeiffer (Bo) 2:17; 220 — Iseminger (Wi) p. Keyser (Sm) :40; 285 — Dopson (NH) p. Hererra (Sm) :26.

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