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High School Wrestling: Top-ranked Falcons get push from Hubs

December 19, 2012|By CURT HORNBECKER | curt.hornbecker@herald-mail.com
  • North Hagerstown's Diantra Landry celebrates his win over Winters Mill's Dustin Svehla in the 145-pound bout Wednesday at North.
Colleen McGrath, Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Despite taking the defending Maryland Class 2A-1A state champions down to the wire, for Greg Slick, it was not a moral victory.

“Not in this case,” said the Hubs coach after watching his team fall 43-30 against Winters Mill on Wednesday night. “You don’t get better unless you wrestle the best and we want to get better. We wanted to wrestle the defending state champs.”

Not only is Winters Mill the defending state champion, but they are ranked first in the state among public schools.

Nothing was decided until Winters Mill’s Taylor Logue won a major decision over Antonio DeCastro in the 120-pound weight class, giving the Falcons (5-0) an insurmountable 37-30 advantage.

“We have a veteran team, and they pushed us as far as anyone has this year,” said Winters Mill coach John Lowe. “I thought North was fantastic. We just had a little more ammo tonight.”

The Hubs (5-5) forged an early 18-0 lead on pins by Gene Balcita, Brendon Colbert and Diantra Landry.

But Wes Cook got things going for the Falcons at 152 with a pin against Cole McHose. A 12-4 major decision by Cody Sharkey closed the gap to 18-10, but Mike Leone turned things around for North with a 7-3 decision over Cole Myers at 170.

“We always count on our big guns, but even a couple of them went down tonight,” said Lowe.

Antonio Rosario gave the Hubs another boost with a 6-2 decision over Ryan Barron at 182 for a 24-10 lead, but a Chase Collison technical fall — along with pins from Ryan Hightower and Jake Utz — gave the Falcons their first lead of the night, 27-24.

“We knew Winters Mill had tough kids in probably 10 of the weight classes and we knew we had to be as tough as they were,” Slick said.

Mike Tobery’s pin at 106 returned the lead to the Hubs before Flavio Valdez-Cortez sealed North’s fate with a pin at 113.

“This is a good bunch of wrestlers who work hard to get better,” said Slick.

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Winters Mill 43, North Hagerstown 30

132 - Balcita (N) p. Rinker, 3:56;  138 - Colbert (N) p. Guercio, 1:56; 145 – Landry (N) p. Svehla, 2:00; 152 - Cook (WM) p. McHose, 2:59; 160 - Sharkey (WM) m.d. McCall, 12-4; 170 - Leone (N) d. Myers, 7-3; 182 – Rosario (N) d. Barron, 6-2; 195 – Collison (WM) t.f. Hawkins, 4:48; 220 – Hightower (WM) p. Burker, 1:16; 285 – Utz p. Milner, :29; 106 – Tobery (N) p. Bowers, 1:19; 113 – Valdez-Cortez p. Shehan, :19; 120 – Logue (WM) m.d. DeCastro, 16-3; 126 – Rose (WM) p Edwards, 2:52.

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