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Prep Wrestling: Hawkins gets biggest win at regional

February 24, 2012|By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com

SANDY SPRING, Md. — Amont Hawkins finally got the result he wanted against his rival.

The North Hagerstown junior scored a buzzer-beating takedown in the third period to defeat South Hagerstown’s previously unbeaten Marquil Holt 5-4 in the quarterfinals of the 220-pound weight class at the Maryland Class 4A-3A West Region Wrestling Tournament at Sherwood High School on Friday night.

“I never gave up,” Hawkins said. “I looked up, saw 8 seconds left, heard everyone yelling and I hit a single that I’ve been working on all year. It just happened.”

Holt, who began the tournament with an 18-0 season record, had defeated Hawkins twice this season, both times in tournament finals. He beat him 9-5 for the Hub Cup title in early January and 4-2 for the Washington County title last weekend.

“I give him a lot of credit,” Hawkins said. “He’s one of the toughest wrestlers I’ve wrestled all year. I was just trying to even the score.”

Hawkins was one of six North wrestlers to advance to today’s championship semifinals.

Duncan Yeisley (113 pounds), Brendon Colbert (120), Gene Balcita (126), Kenneth Burrs (170) and Dylan Dopson (285) also won their quarterfinal bouts for the Hubs.

Chris Collins (195) and Aaron Rowland (285) both advanced to the semis for South.

Dopson and Rowland didn’t waste any time in their heavyweight bouts. After Rowland pinned Damascus’ Aaron Clemons in 24 seconds, Dopson decked Springbrook’s Rayem Ali in 7 seconds.

Dopson and Rowland, who are 1-1 against each other this season and on opposite sides of the bracket this weekend, could meet for a third time today.

“Whatever happens, happens,” Rowland said. “I’m not worried. I just need to do what I’ve been doing lately — just stay focused, don’t get frustrated and keep my head in it.”

Colbert won by tech fall, 16-1 in 4:22, over Springbrook’s Kris Harrington in the quarterfinals.

If Colbert, a sophomore, gets past Sherwood’s Chris Minor in the semifinals, he likely will face Quince Orchard senior  Eli Bienstock in a highly anticipated showdown in the finals.

Bienstock, the top seed, is 35-0 this season and a three-time region champ. Colbert, the second seed, is 33-0 and in pursuit of his second straight region title.

“It’s the match everyone’s been waiting for. Everyone’s been talking about it,” Colbert said. “Hopefully we’ll give them what they’ve been waiting for, and I’ll prove that I’m the better wrestler. ... It’d be nice to go out and spoil his chance to be a four-time region champ.”

Yeisley, the No. 2 seed at 113, showed no signs of rust as he dominated Springbrook’s Quy Tran 9-0 in the quarterfinals.

Yeisley did not compete in last weekend’s Washington County tournament because he was ill, he said.

“I just didn’t want to hurt myself, because I want to get to the state level and try to keep myself energized,” he said. “I felt good out there today. It was nice to be back out there on the mat.”

Burrs, the No. 1 seed at 170, had an easy time in the quarterfinals, building an 8-0 lead on Walter Johnson’s Charlie Bulman before pinning him in 3:39.

The No. 2 seed at 170 is Magruder’s Cammeron Mayberry, whom Burrs defeated 8-3 in the Hub Cup semifinals last month.

In other quarterfinal action, North’s Balcita defeated Damascus’ Owen Brooks 11-7 at 126, and South’s Collins was a 7-3 winner over Springbrook’s John Holland at 195.

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