They say the first cut is the deepest. And Damascus' Stewart Wyne delivered a most unkind one to Michael Dauberman with a one-point victory over the River Hill wrestler in last month's season-opening Big M Invitational tournament at Magruder.
But Dauberman got his revenge in yesterday's 45-19, dual-meet rout of visiting Damascus of Montgomery County, handing Wyne his first loss in 14 bouts, 6-0.
Dauberman's victory at 145 pounds was part of a five-bout sweep for River Hill (6-0), winner of six of the first eight bouts for a 30-9 lead with five bouts left.
Austin Sneeringer's 3-1 win over Damascus' Brian Gulli (160) gave River Hill an insurmountable, 33-13 lead. River Hill closed with pins by Jesse Fawcett (189) and heavyweight Jimmy Corrigan in 1:40 and 45 seconds, respectively. Corrigan was competing in just his third varsity bout.
"This is payback from losing to him this year, and for losing to their team last year. A state title is all that matters to us right now," said Dauberman (12-2), whose team lost at Damascus last winter. "Last time, I was beating him in the first period, but not being in good shape for the first tournament, he destroyed me in the third period."
Wyne, a third-place finisher in last year's regional tournament, took titles in both the Dec. 28-29 Damascus Invitational and Big M tournaments. He credited Dauberman for a change in strategy from the neutral position.
"I think he remembers the last match and was probably watching the tapes. I hit him with a low double three times last match, [but] he saw it coming every time and underhooked me," said Wyne.
"I was shooting with my elbows out. There's a little technique I need to improve on. Hopefully, I'll see him again in March [state tournament] and things will be different."
The Hawks (6-0) raced out to a 27-9 lead, countering a fall by Damascus' Sean Cotton (119) with pins by Kevin Cannon (125), Ryan Shevland (130) and Ryan Green (140), the latter improving to 11-0.
The Hawks also got a 7-1 win by Justin Hughes (135), a two-time junior varsity county champ in only his third varsity bout.
Cannon led 5-2 against Kevin Wittenberger, but trailed 7-6 after Wittenberger cradled him to his back. But Wittenberger lost control of the hold and was caught on his back and decked with 22 seconds left in the match.
"There was only 40 seconds left. I had to do something. I got on top and he was on his back and I pinned him," Cannon said.
Early on, Vince Cina's first-period pin of Brian Harris, whom he finished with a headlock in 1:10 at 103 pounds, gave River Hill, a 6-0 lead. Then the Hornets (4-1), hoping for a pin at 112, got only a 9-2 decision from Eric DuVall over Bryan Hartman. Down 9-0, Hartman reversed DuVall for two points.
For Damascus, Jimmy Creegan (152) avenged an earlier two-point loss by hammering Nick Shevland, 15-6, and Greg Cohen (171) pinned River Hill's Mike Lignelli in 2:34.
"I was upset with how things were going, and motivated after losing to him earlier," said Creegan, who scribbled Shevland's name on a blackboard at home. "They had a lot of momentum and wrestled with a lot of heart. I wouldn't be surprised if they're state champs this year."