Wrestling: Hubs earn team honors

Rebels' Collins victorious

February 25, 2012|By ANDREW MASON |

SANDY SPRING, Md. — South Hagerstown senior Chris Collins won his battle, while North Hagerstown won another war Saturday at the Maryland Class 4A-3A West Region Wrestling Tournament at Sherwood High School.

Collins was the only local wrestler to win his weight class, capturing the title at 195 pounds.

North, meanwhile, won its second region championship this month, topping the 25-team field with 110.5 points. Springbrook was second (106.5) and Wootton was third (105) — the same two teams the Hubs defeated on Feb. 8 to win the 4A-3A West dual-meet title.

“We’ve got a good, strong team,” North coach Greg Slick said. “Our success has been because of the hard work these kids put in during the offseason and during the season. Hard work pays off, it gets results. The results for them are two region championships.”

The Hubs sent four wrestlers to the finals but had to settle for four runner-up finishes as Duncan Yeisley (113 pounds), Brendon Colbert (120), Kenneth Burrs (170) and Dylan Dopson (285) all dropped close decisions.

“There were just some heartbreaking matches there in the finals,” Slick said. “But our guys won with humility and lost with dignity. I’m very proud of the way our kids wrestled and for the way they conducted themselves.”

Collins was a surprise champion. The Rebels senior, who was seeded fifth at 195, edged top-seeded Will Sewell of Hubie Blake 4-3 in the semifinals and then pinned Magruder’s Tyler Dykes, the No. 2 seed, in the third period in the finals.

“I had to work as hard as I could to win,” said Collins, who led 5-1 before scoring the fall with 1 second left. “Just placing in the top four was fine with me, but first is even better.”

The top four in each weight class qualified for the Maryland state tournament, which begins Friday at the University of Maryland’s Cole Field House.

Collins earned his first berth at states after placing fifth at regions last year.

“I was practicing just to get to states, but obviously I was practicing hard enough to win,” he said.

In the most anticipated bout of the weekend, Quince Orchard’s Eli Bienstock, an undefeated senior, edged North’s previously unbeaten Colbert, a sophomore, 1-0 in the finals at 120 for his fourth region title.

A second-period escape was the only point scored.

“I think I wrestled the best I could,” said Colbert, who was a region champ and state runner-up last year. “This match meant a lot to him because it was for his fourth straight region title, but it was just another match to me. The big one is next weekend down at states, and hopefully I can change things around if we wrestle in the finals.”

Down 1-0, Colbert opted to start the third period in the neutral position rather than trying to escape from the bottom to tie the bout.

“I don’t know, I just felt real comfortable against him in neutral, on my feet,” he said. “I took my shots, but I just couldn’t finish.”

In other finals action for North, Yeisley fell 2-1 to Clarksburg’s Eddie Kennedy at 113, Burrs lost 3-2 to Springbrook’s Aaron Perez at 170 and Dopson was beaten 3-1 by Walt Whitman’s Josh Daryoush at 285.

Also for the Hubs, Gene Balcita (126) and Connor McHose (182) each placed third and Mike Tobery (106) and Amont Hawkins (220) each placed sixth.

Aaron Rowland placed third at 285 and Marquil Holt was fifth at 220 for South, which finished in the top half of the team standings in 10th place with 46 points.

“The team just wrestled fantastic this weekend. They set goals and exceeded them,” South coach Thomas Ashby said. “They wrestled their tails off, especially Collins, just a fantastic effort.”

Prep Wrestling
Md. 4A-3A West Tournament
Team scores: 1. North Hagerstown 110.5; 2. Springbrook 106.5; 3. Wootton 105; 4. Walter Johnson 98.5; 5. Magruder 88; 6. Damascus 83.5; 7. Bethesda-Chevy Chase 57.5; 8. Clarksburg 48.5; 9. Walt Whitman 48; 10. South Hagerstown 46; 11. Hubie Blake 44.5; 12. Winston Churchill 39; 13. Northwest 35; 14. Paint Branch 34; 15. Quince Orchard 33; 16. Sherwood 26; 17. (tie) Gaithersburg, Watkins Mill 24; 19. Montgomery Blair 23.5; 20. Seneca Valley 22; 21. (tie) Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy, Northwood, Rockville 0; 25. Richard Montgomery -1.
Championship finals
106 — Austin Tritto (Woo) d. Mikey Macklin (Dam) 7-5; 113 — Eddie Kennedy (Cla) d. Duncan Yeisley (NH) 2-1; 120 — Eli Bienstock (QO) d. Brendon Colbert (NH) 1-0; 126 — Will Witkop (BCC) d. Mac Raum (Cla) 4-2 (OT); 132 — Michael Nguyen (Spr) m.d. Andrew Conine (Mag) 14-4; 138 — Hunter Sutton (WC) d. Charlie Banaszak (BCC) 5-3; 145 — Dennis Creegan (Dam) d. Daniel Moore (Gai) 3-2 (OT); 152 — Kellen Staton (SV) d. Stephen Potemken (Woo) 6-1; 160 — Brad Taylor (WW) d. Kamen Barnes (Mag) 5-3; 170 — Aaron Perez (Spr) d. Kenneth Burrs (NH) 3-2; 182 —Elad Covaliu (WJ) p. Edwin Callender (HB) 6:48 (OT); 195 — Chris Collins (SH) p. Tyler Dykes (Mag) 5:59; 220 — Ralph Bernardo (Woo) d. Innocent Okocha (WJ) 6-3; 285 — Josh Daryoush (WW) d. Dylan Dopson (NH) 3-1.
Consolation finals for third place
106 — Kevin Cristobal (Spr) m.d. Ryan Van Meers (PB) 11-3; 113 — Jacob Weaver (Woo) p. Nick Davis (Nw) 3:38; 120 — Chris Minor (She) d. Cory Obendorfer (Dam) 4-2; 126 — Gene Balcita (NH) p. J.P. Nguyen (Spr) 4:30; 132 — Chris Wells (MB) d. Jack Hawvermale (HB) 7-1; 138 — Ryan Sachs (Mag) m.d. Ryan Bausch (Dam) 13-3; 145 — Jake Sutton (WC) d. Alex Gama (BCC) 8-3; 152 — Max McCleskey (WJ) d. Ryan Smith (Cla) 3-1; 160 — Malik Kelly (PB) d. Colin McCoy (WJ) 3-0; 170 — Cammeron Mayberry (Mag) p. Taylor Van Meers (PB) 2:01; 182 — Connor McHose (NH) d. Chen Han (Woo) 5-3; 195 — Tim Forline (WJ) d. Will Sewell (HB) 5-4; 220 — Luis Beteta (Nw) d. Connor Tilton (QO) 2-0; 285 — Aaron Rowland (SH) d. Josh Strauss (Woo) 1-0.

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