River Hill uses slight edge to keep hold on Hammond

Wrestling

High Schools

January 15, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Everyone expected a much closer score.

But No. 4-ranked River Hill won all seven of the close matches and rolled over Hammond last night, 52-6.

The visiting Hawks (14-2 overall, 4-0 Howard County league) won 13 of 14 matches. "Coming in, I thought we had a slight edge in most of the matches," said Hammond coach Pedro Barbosa, who went to York, Pa., last weekend to scout the Hawks at the Dallastown Duals.

Instead, yesterday's match turned out to be a replay of last year when River Hill beat the Bears, 58-7.

"I have an inability to prepare my team for River Hill. It is the coach's fault when a team wins one match," Barbosa said after the first league loss of the Bears (6-4, 3-1).

Five of the first six matches could have gone either way. But River Hill won them all starting at 119 pounds where Ryan Lauer edged Sean Smith, 11-9, after trailing 8-7 in the third period.

"Smith has been wrestling really well for Hammond and Ryan was sick last night," said Hawks coach Earl Lauer, Ryan's father.

Steve Brown won at 125 pounds over Hammond's Todd Loisel, 13-9, but Loisel led 5-3 after one period and 9-5 before Brown rallied in the third period.

"Brown didn't wrestle last year, but is wrestling well. I think he surprised them," Lauer said.

River Hill's Mike Stromberg trailed Andrew Smith at 130 pounds after two periods, 1-0, but Stromberg went up 3-1 on a takedown and reversal in the third period. Smith scored a reversal to tie with three seconds left. Stromberg won 5-3 in overtime with a takedown in 27 seconds, however.

"Stromberg never quits," said Lauer.

After River Hill's Nick Shevland maintained his undefeated season (20-0) with a technical fall over Elliott Cohen at 135 pounds, Kevin Cannon won a hard-fought bout over Hammond's Caleb Lowe, 5-0.

Then, River Hill's 145-pound Ryan Shevland, trailing 2-1 to Dan Snyder after two periods, rallied to win, 5-2, and the Hawks had a 20-0 lead.

"That was a big win for Ryan over Snyder, one of several Hammond wrestlers who bumped up," said Lauer.

Another close match was at 112 pounds, where River Hill's Brian Hartman defeated Sean Vorsteg, 9-5. Vorsteg beat Hartman a year ago when both wrestlers were on the JV.

River Hill's Austin Sneeringer also won a close match at 171 pounds over Pat Wallas, 3-1.

The Hawks, who have won the overwhelming majority of their 14 victories by lopsided margins, accomplished the win despite the absence of one of their top wrestlers, Mike Lignelli, who was out with a knee injury.

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