Prep Wrestling: Shoemaker closes in on record, region crown

February 24, 2012|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

FROSTBURG, Md. — Williamsport’s Zach Shoemaker is two steps away from immortality.

After beating Middletown’s Zeke Windon by a 17-0 tech fall at 160 pounds in the championship quarterfinals of the Maryland Class 2A-1A West Region wrestling tournament, Shoemaker is two wins away from tying Kemper Baker’s school record of 131 wins.

But Shoemaker — the top seed in his weight class — has bigger fish to fry on the mats at Mountain Ridge High School.

“I’m more focused on regionals and states than I am on records,” Shoemaker said. “The record would be nice, but another regional title and a state title will mean more to me.”

Shoemaker controlled Windon throughout the bout, surging to a 12-0 lead after the first two periods before putting it away in the third with a takedown and a three-point near fall.

“This was an important match win to get settled in and focus on the rest of the tournament,” said Shoemaker.

Zach Nalley also won his championship quartarfinal match at 285 for the Wildcats, a 7-5 decision over Brunswick’s Jake Fisher.

Six other Williamsport wrestlers — Barry Loeser (106), Kenny Smith (113), Bryan Davis (120), Austin Keadle (170), Jacob Cody (182) and Ben Loeser (195) — lost their quarterfinal matches and will move on to the consolation quarters today.

“We’ve still got a lot of guys alive, they just have to wrestle well tomorrow,” said Williamsport coach Mike Rechtorovic. “They’ve got to win two matches to qualify.”

In other Washington County action, Boonsboro’s Dalton Hawkins (120) — seeded seventh — upset second-seeded Johnny Friedel of Francis Scott Key, 3-2. Hawkins’ teammates Charles Anoman (126) and Davon Clark (152) will wrestle tomorrow in the consolation quarters.

Chase Scott of Smithsburg defeated Sean Kamp of Northern Garrett 7-4 in the 152-pound bracket to push his record to 32-1 for the season. The third-seeded Scott will face Alec Stavish of South Carroll today in the championship semis. Travis Leopold (182) lost a 5-4 heartbreaker after falling victim to a third-round takedown at the hands of Brunswick’s Adam Fitzwater, setting up a county match against Cody in the consolation quarters.

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