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Prep Wrestling: Rebels send seniors out with a victory

January 30, 2013|By WILL ROBINSON | will.robinson@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — A win over Walkersville for South Hagerstown's wrestling team might have seemed like a foregone conclusion on Wednesday, as the Lions forfeited six bouts. Even so, the Rebels sent their seniors out in style with a 48-22 victory on Senior Night.

The Rebels (9-12) made it two straight over Walkersville, as they defeated the Lions 48-24 at the Rebel Duals on Jan. 19.

All five of South's seniors wrestled, with three earning victories with pins. Starting at 182 pounds, Michael Rodriguez earned an upset pin over Walkersville's Brennan O'Connell, a winner of 22 bouts. Rodriguez reversed a pin attempt by O'Connell into his own pin to win in a paltry 1:54.

Three bouts later, Marquil Holt earned his 23rd victory of the season by pinning Brendan Castles in 3:31 at 285. Sarosh Bukhari ended the night with a pin over Jarred Ransom in 4:42 at 170.

“We're having a really good season. We lost seven seniors last year and six regional qualifiers, but we're working hard,” said South coach Thomas Ashby. “With tonight’s win, we tied our wins from last year while wrestling a much tougher schedule. I couldn’t be happier with my guys.”

Jason Smith earned South’s final pin at 138, sticking Nick Pollack in 3:35.

Walkersville got on the board at 195 when Austin Farinholt pinned senior Spencer Moore (14-13) in 5:44. Timmy Holste pinned Devin Moorer in 1:11 at 132 and Garrett Farinholt rounded out the Lions’ victories with a 10-1 major decision over senior Omar Mbye at 145.

While South lost a lot from last season, Ashby said his team has worked hard to gain ground.

“We only have two wrestlers with more than two years of experience, but our boys have been working their tails off this season,” said Ashby. “I’ve been telling the guys that each period is different. The first period goes to the guy with the best technique, the second to the guy with the most stamina, and the third to the guy with the most heart. We’re going to win a lot of those third periods.

“Our boys practice so hard and they have the support of everybody — their parents, the fans, the staff and the athletic director. That makes my job so easy. All I have to do is stand up here and talk.”

South Hagerstown 48, Walkersville 22
106 — double fft.; 113 — Isaiah Brooks (SH) fft.; 120 — Anthony Sodergren (SH) fft.; 126 — double fft.; 132 — Timmy Hostle (W) p. Devin Moorer, 1:11; 138 — Jason Smith (SH) p. Nick Pollack, 3:35; 145 — Garrett Farinholt (W) m.d. Omar Mbye, 10-1; 152 — Nathan Respass (SH) fft.; 160 — Blair Kramer (W) fft; 170 — Sarosh Bukhari (SH) p. Jarred Ransom, 4:42; 182 — Michael Rodriguez (SH) p. Brennan O’Connell, 1:54; 195 — Austin Farinholt (W) p. Spencer Moore, 5:44; 220 — Avery Bolton (SH) fft.; 285 — Marquil Holt (SH) p. Brendan Castles, 3:31.

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