Wrestling: 'Cats finish with roar

January 30, 2013|By ANDREW MASON |
  • Smithsburg's Eric Janisko, bottom, gets a hand in the face of Williamsport's Sinjin Shoop during their 138-pound bout on Wednesday.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — The Williamsport wrestling team finished its regular-season dual-meet schedule with a flurry.

The Wildcats defeated MVAL Antietam foe Smithsburg 56-18 on Senior Night at home Wednesday, one night after beating perennial power Southern Garrett for the first time ever.

“The guys wrestled pretty well the last two nights,” said Williamsport coach Mike Rechtorovic, whose team went 18-6 (4-2) this season. “We’re pretty young, so 18-6 isn’t bad.

“Now it’s time to prepare for (the Washington County tournament Feb. 16 at Boonsboro). We want to try to make a run at the county title.”

The toughest weight class at the county tourney looks like it will be 195 pounds, featuring the 195-pound champions from the three biggest county events during the season.

Williamsport’s Austin Keadle now might be considered the man to beat in that bracket.

Keadle, a Rebel Duals champ, pinned Smithsburg’s Travis Leopold in 53 seconds Wednesday at 195. Leopold, a Leopard Holiday Invitational champ, pinned North Hagerstown’s Amont Hawkins, a Hub Cup champ, in their dual-meet matchup almost two weeks ago.

“Every match is different,” Rechtorovic said. “Just because Leopold beat Hawkins and Keadle beat Leopold doesn’t mean anything for a Keadle-Hawkins matchup. But it’s definitely a nice confidence booster.”

The Wildcats’ overall performance Wednesday should give them confidence, as they came out on top in 10 of the 14 weight classes.

Bryan Davis (132 pounds), Sinjin Shoop (138), Devin Nalley (152), Justin Kennedy (160) and Lasher Urciolo (220) also had pins for Williamsport, while Tanner Canfield (120) and Kobe Baker (145) each won by major decision and Justin Beckley (106) and Nick Miller (113) each won by forfeit.

“Smithsburg is a county rival,” Rechtorovic said. “One of our goals every year is to beat Smithsburg. They’re our rival, always have been and always will be. The guys are always ready to wrestle against them.”

For the Leopards (6-9, 1-4), Bryce Scott (182) and Saul Herrera (285) scored pins, while Ryan Milligan (126) and Dalton Condo (170) each won by decision.

Condo prevailed in an 8-7 thriller against Williamsport’s Jacob Cody. Condo, who led 4-0 early in the first period, trailed 7-5 late in the third. After scoring an escape with 20 seconds left to make it 7-6, he took Cody down in the final moments to get the victory.

“(Condo) battled hard and did a nice job finishing it up,” Smithsburg coach Joe Dietrich said. “That was a really nice finish there.”

The Leopards still have four dual meets left this season, and Dietrich is just looking for improvement.

“We have kids in the varsity lineup who never wrestled before this year,” he said. “But we’re putting them out there to see what they can do and see what they’ve learned. We’re doing the best we can.”

Williamsport 56, Smithsburg 18
220 — Lasher Urciolo (W) p. Preston Crawford, 3:23; 285 — Saul Herrera (S) p. Brandon Iseminger, 4:28; 106 — Justin Beckley (W) fft.; 113 — Nick Miller (W) fft.; 120 — Tanner Canfield (W) m.d. Dylan Bryce, 13-0; 126 — Ryan Milligan (S) d. Barry Loeser, 8-3; 132 — Bryan Davis (W) p. Ryan Aleshire, 3:20; 138 — Sinjin Shoop (W) p. Eric Janisko, 2:31; 145 — Kobe Baker (W) m.d. Jeremy Boylen, 13-0; 152 — Devin Nalley (W) p. Zach Mutchler, 1:48; 160 — Justin Kennedy (W) p. John Fraser, :51; 170 — Dalton Condo (S) d. Jacob Cody, 8-7; 182 — Bryce Scott (S) p. Austin Golden, 1:38; 195 — Austin Keadle (W) p. Travis Leopold, :53.

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