A bit too green, River Hill falls

Depth hurt by illness, Hawks go young, but fall to Damascus, 33-30

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January 07, 2001|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

DAMASCUS - Illness and inexperience were too much for the No. 5-ranked River Hill wrestling team to overcome yesterday afternoon.

The Hawks started three freshmen and five sophomores and were without Danny Allen at 112 pounds. Several others wrestled with the flu as River Hill fell to Damascus, the seven-time defending Montgomery County champions, 33-30.

The Hornets (6-0) had their own problems, as 145-pound starter Jim Creegan sat out injured. So Damascus sacrificed a JV wrestler at 130 against undefeated Ryan Green and bumped its next three wrestlers - Stewart Wyne, Dale Kerns and Chris Thompson -up a weight class.

The strategy worked. Wyne fell 6-0 to River Hill senior Matt Shevland at 135, but Kerns downed junior Mike Dauberman, 5-3, in overtime at 140 and Thompson defeated sophomore Nick Shevland, 9-4, at 145.

"To come in and wrestle against a top-notch team like Damascus, you've got to have all of your ducks in a row," River Hill coach Earl Lauer said. "If we would have had our ducks in a row, they could have put anyone they wanted, anyplace they wanted and it wouldn't have made a difference. ... We would've come out winners."

River Hill (5-1) opened the match with its three freshmen and quickly fell behind. At 103, Vince Cina fought off an asthma attack in the third round before he lost to Damascus senior Ted Humburg, 6-3. Freshman David Adams, who replaced Allen at 112, was pinned by Humburg's twin brother, Scott, in 46 seconds.

In the 119-pound match, freshman Kevin Cannon kept the Hawks in the match when, down 6-3, he came-from-behind to pin sophomore Ryan Hughes with 10 seconds left in the match.

"I saw he was getting tired, and I was tired too, but I knew I couldn't give up," Cannon said. "I knew a takedown wasn't enough because that would've just gotten me two points. I just used a throw, I got the over-hook, just threw my arms through, and he fell to his back."

River Hill tied the match, 15-15, after two consecutive wins at 130 and 135. Green easily pinned sophomore Paul Pestun in 1:49, and Matt Shevland's win evened the match. But Damascus won the next four bouts, with the biggest coming by fall at 152 and 160.

Hornets senior Shawn McGrew stunned Austin Sheeringer, who was battling the flu, at 152 with a pin 1:06 into Round 2, after he had trailed, 5-3, 20 seconds earlier. Damascus clinched the victory when Greg Cohen pinned senior Steve Williams 37 seconds into the second round.

"Nobody was giving us a chance in the world of beating these guys," said Damascus coach Dave Hopkins, whose team is ranked No. 6 in Washington. "In all fairness, they were missing some guys. But they've got a tremendous program, and for our kids the win is a tremendous boost."

Atholton second: Doug Ramsey (103), Robbie Allen (125), Bryan Radik (130) and Adam Roth (145) were first and Mark Carbone (171) second as Atholton finished second to host and defending 2A-1A state duals champion Northern of Garrett County in its 10-team tournament.

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