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.