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Hub Cup history

by on Jan.09, 2011, under Prep Sports, Prep Wrestling

Williamsport topped the field of 18 teams over the weekend at North Hagerstown’s 24th annual Hub Cup — Washington County’s largest and most prestigious wrestling tournament. It was only the fifth time a Washington County team won the title. Williamsport also won in 2002.

140-pound champion Trey Andree, of runner-up Waynesboro, was voted the Outstanding Wrestler. He edged Williamsport’s Kemper Baker 5-4 in the final, preventing Baker from winning a third straight Hub Cup title.

Here’s a list of all the team champions and Outstanding Wrestlers in Hub Cup history:

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Four-time county champs

by on Feb.20, 2010, under Prep Sports, Prep Wrestling

Smithsburg senior Monica Hovermale, already in a class by herself among female wrestlers in Washington County history, joined the short list of four-time county champs Saturday at the 20th annual county tourney.

Here’s the list of four-time county champs with the year each achieved the feat:

Monica Hovermale (Smithsburg) 2010
James Reilley (Smithsburg)  2008
Bret Nalley (Boonsboro) 2006
Mike McGill (Williamsport) 2005
Wayne Boward (North Hagerstown, Williamsport) 2001
Ryan McDonald (Williamsport) 2001
Jared Myers (Williamsport) 1999
Kris Dietrich (Smithsburg) 1996
John Nogle (Smithsburg) 1995

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Super 7 Prep Wrestling rankings

by on Jan.07, 2010, under Prep Wrestling

We no longer have Herald-Mail Super 7 team rankings.

If we did still have them, they’d probably look like this right now (Jan. 7) for Tri-State prep wrestling:

1. Waynesboro; 2. Chambersburg; 3. Berkeley Springs; 4. Williamsport; 5. Hedgesville; 6. Smithsburg; 7. Greencastle-Antrim.

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Williamsport’s wrestling champs

by on Mar.10, 2009, under Prep Wrestling

Williamsport’s Robbie Mies (215 pounds) and Kemper Baker (119) both won Class 2A-1A state titles last Saturday night at the 40th annual Maryland State Wrestling Tournament at the University of Maryland’s Cole Field House.

My colleagues here in the sports department can tell you that I had predicted Mies would win. But who could have guessed the Wildcats senior would dominate his bracket the way he did with three pins and a 6-0 decision? … Good golly! … In the finals, he pinned Easton’s Cavlin Rookard in the third period. Here’s the video of it. … Mies had a 7-2 lead on Rookard before the pin. Those were the only two points he allowed all weekend. Just total domination.

Then there’s Baker, whom I accurately predicted would place. But I never thought it would be first. I know I wasn’t alone either.

Baker, a sophomore, finished fifth at 112 in the West region last year, failing to qualify for states. Meanwhile, last year at states, River Hill’s Cameron Kirby placed second at 103, Pikesville’s Ben Baker took third at 112 and Landsdowne’s Earl Eppard placed third at 119.

Baker beat all three of those guys, in that order, to win the title. Here’s the video of his 10-9 thriller over Eppard in the finals. … Baker finished the season with a 36-2 record, leading Washington County in victories. His two losses this season were to Glenelg’s Zack Gerber (in the Damascus tourney finals) and Brunswick’s Tyler Bartholomew (in the West region semifinals). While he never got the chance to avenge those losses at states, he did the next best thing by beating Eppard, who beat Bartholomew in the quarterfinals and Gerber in the semis.

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Boonsboro matmen deserve props

by on Feb.13, 2009, under Prep Wrestling

The Boonsboro wrestling program certainly has come a long way.

You only need to look at tonight’s Boonsboro-North Hagerstown box score (below) to realize that. (continue reading…)

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My county wrestling picks

by on Feb.21, 2008, under Prep Wrestling

Most of these are no-brainers:

103 — Monica Hovermale, Smithsburg
112 — Kemper Baker, Williamsport
119 — Nick Dilandro, Smithsburg
125 — Justin Iseminger, Williamsport
130 — De’lon Agee, North Hagerstown
135 — James Reilley, Smithsburg
140 — Peter Smith, Williamsport
145 — Jim Eichelberger, North Hagerstown
152 — Jake Turner, North Hagerstown
160 — Robbie Mies, Williamsport
171 — Dan Mazzei, North Hagerstown
189 — Drew Williams, Williamsport
215 — David Ridenour, Smithsburg
285 — Kyle Malcolm, North Hagerstown

Predicted team finish: 1. Williamsport; 2. North Hagerstown; 3. Smithsburg; 4. South Hagerstown; 5. Boonsboro.

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Over the top

by on Feb.19, 2008, under Prep Wrestling

I just copied and pasted the below post from the High School-Statewide Wrestling Forum at I doubt this guy is a friend of Rick Hare’s.

27310. Hershey Arena/Referees
by BikePete, 2/19/08 7:28 ET
The thing I like most about the Arena at Hershey is that it is too large for the ref’s to figure out who exactly is yelling at them from the stands. It is easy to blend in among the crowd more so than it is in a small gym. I have been kicked out countless times from gyms, the first time was at Manheim in 1957, but I have never been kicked out of the Arena, the Giant Center, Rec Hall, or the Farm Show Arena. This is the time of year when we the fans can let loose a little and not worry as much about these demi-god referees catching us. I am looking forward to hammering a few guys this year- especially that primadona Mike Junkin – I think i will be joined by many others, especially LD fans in hammering him. There are ways to yell at refs in the arena that are better than others. It seems to work best if you do it during the action- not when there is a stop in the match- that way they are less likely to be looking around the stands- except for the worthless mat judges. It is also good to sit in the upper level because the refs have a hard time figuring out where the yelling is coming from up there. The best part about the arena is the walkway around the bottom level. That allows you to yell insults on the move- the old moving target trick- although at my age I don’t do much walking around the arena anymore. So I hope everyone enjoys and makes the most of this opportunity- we have a whole years worth of pent up frustration to let out, and some of these clowns have earned it. Keep it clean, and don’t lose your voices before the quarterfinals.

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Straley bumps up

by on Jan.25, 2008, under Prep Wrestling

James Buchanan 171-pounder Derek Straley is certainly on a tear.
Last weekend, the senior went 7-0 with six pins and a tech fall to earn Most Outstanding Wrestler honors at the Rebel Duals at South Hagerstown, while setting a school record for career wins.
Last night, Straley upped his season record to 15-0 (and career record to 93-35) against rival Greencastle-Antrim. He bumped up to 189 to face Blue Devils star Matt Copenhaver (19-3) and — in what might have been the area’s bout of the year so far — came away with a 10-8 overtime decision.

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Herald-Mail wrestling champs

by on Jan.14, 2008, under Prep Wrestling

If there were such a thing as a Herald-Mail High School Wrestling Tournament, and if it were happening tomorrow, these would be my picks to win:

103 — Monica Hovermale, Smithsburg
112 — Matt Nel, Waynesboro
119 — Jimmy Hughes, Chambersburg
125 — Josh Connor, Berkeley Springs
130 — De’lon Agee, North Hagerstown
135 — Garrick Skubon, Mercersburg
140 — James Reilley, Smithsburg
145 — Cody Barrick, Mercersburg
152 — Jim Eichelberger, North Hagerstown
160 — Joey Wilmot, Chambersburg
171 — Derek Straley, James Buchanan
189 — Cody Reed, Berkeley Springs
215 — Evan Reed, Waynesboro
285 — A.J. Firestone, Mercersburg

Jimmy Hughes voted Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tourney by area coaches.

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by on Mar.12, 2007, under Prep Wrestling

Too bad for Smithsburg senior Justin Hovermale that the Maryland state wrestling tournament wasn’t this past Thursday night.
After going 2-2 and not placing at states, Hovermale more than filled a void at 152 pounds for the Class 2A-1A team at the Maryland Senior All-Star Classic.
Against 4A-3A, Hovermale decked state bronze medalist Shayne Delph of Westlake in 1:22. And against the private-school team, he turned in the night’s biggest upset, scoring a 10-5 win over Progressive Christian’s Mike Bressler, a state champ and prep all-American.
With nothing to lose, Hovermale was unbeatable.

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