Lions, Owls win 4 titles Westminster's Spicer is upset in 142 final

January 18, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

HAGERSTOWN -- Westminster and Liberty combined to send seven wrestlers into the championship round of the 11th Hub Cup Invitation tournament, and came away with four titles at North Hagerstown High School last night.

Of the Carroll County group, one who lost turned out to be more of a surprise than the winners.

Dave Spicer, a Westminster senior who won a state title a year ago, and who took a 17-1 record against Tony Howard of Magruder at 142 pounds, lost 4-3. Howard (20-1), a sophomore, got a takedown with 1 minute, 15 seconds left for a 4-2 edge and held on for the decision. In the state rankings, Spicer is fourth and Howard sixth.

"I thought, 'I gotta do something if I want to win.' I set him up, then shot deep and was fortunate that it worked," Howard said. "Still, I thought I'd be able to control him better."

The effort earned Howard the meet's Outstanding Wrestler award.

"It could have gone either way, but I got that stall call and it was hard to come back," Spicer said.

Damascus won the team title with 190 points, followed by Westminster (171.5) and Magruder (162). The Lions placed seventh in the 17-school field with 119.5.

"We had three weights where we expected to advance better than we did," Westminster coach Henry Mohlhenrich said. "Chris and Jim Reiter and Kyle Burger did not do as well as they figured. That was the difference right there."

Bobby Biden (19-1) collected Westminster's only title, as he methodically dispatched Wayne Boward of Williamsport, 9-2.

The Owls' other finalists were Tim Sharkey (137) and Quint Walker (heavyweight).

Liberty went 3-for-3 with Mark Richard (127), Jesse Stanik (132). and Mike Saylor (173).

Richard (18-5) stopped top seed Larry Sandell of Walt Whitman, 4-1; Stanik used three third-period back points to get by T.J. Salb of Damascus, 9-6, and Saylor pinned Jason Priecko of South Hagerstown, at 1: 19.

Saylor produced one of the five championship pins, starting a string of four in a row.

"I had him moving, and was able to catch his arm and turn him over. It's a pretty routine move once you get it started," said the senior, who improved to 19-5.

Stanik, a sophomore, boosted his record to 23-1, and Richard, a junior, moved to 18-5.

NOTES: A 14th weight class, 215, has been added this year to provide feedback for the state wrestling committee. The information will help determine if the class will be added to future state tournaments.

Pub Date: 1/18/98

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