By ANDREW MASON
11:48 PM EST, February 10, 2011
Being the guest to Saint James’ wrestling party Thursday also meant being the piñata.
South Hagerstown found that out the hard way.
The Saints repeatedly struck the Rebels and enjoyed the treats of a 69-9 victory in their final home match of the season.
“Wow, I didn’t expect to get that kind of victory,” Saint James coach Aaron Williams said. “South placed higher than us at the Hub Cup, and I knew they had some tough guys. ... I would say that was our most impressive match this season. I was pleasantly surprised by the intensity out there.”
The Saints (7-9) racked up seven pins on their way to taking 12 of the 14 weight classes against the Rebels (1-18).
With the bleachers packed with students and fans, Saint James’ Georges Colbert got the party started in the first bout of the evening at 215 pounds. Starting the third period from the top position with a 1-0 lead over South’s Spencer Moore, Colbert quickly turned and pinned Moore for a 6-0 Saints lead.
“We got that first pin at 215 and the room went crazy,” Williams said. “The crowd got us going and really gave us an advantage.”
Michael Knable (112 pounds), Kevin Cooper (119), Luke Hart (135), Sung Mo Ku (140), John Stephens (145) and Jamie Peterson (160) also had pins for the Saints.
While he didn’t win by fall, Saint James’ Henry Smith had the most thrilling victory. He trailed South’s Xavier Ramirez 4-2 late in the third period at 152, before hitting a buzzer-beating, five-point move from the neutral position for a 7-4 win by decision.
“I’m looking at the clock and just hoping for a takedown to tie it up. (Smith) got the leg, reached for the head and just turned him,” Williams said. “I’m most pleased about that one. (Smith) is a first-year wrestler and gets beat a lot. But he’s a tough kid and keeps plugging way.”
Also for the Saints, Alec Wingerd (103), Kyle Titus-Glover (125), Yunil Seo (130) and Aidan Scrivens (171) each won by forfeit against the short-handed Rebels.
“We have two suspended, one ineligible and one at a wedding,” said South assistant coach Thomas Ashby, who filled in for head coach Donnie Rowland on Thursday. “We were missing a few people who could have given us a few more wins. But I think the outcome would have been the same.”
Aaron Rowland won by injury default at 285 for the Rebels, while Chris Collins prevailed 5-4 at 189 against Chris Pritchard, whose stalling gave Collins the win in overtime.
It was the final dual meet of South’s one-win season.
“Yeah, tough year,” Ashby said. “But we’ll get there.”
Saint James 69, South Hagerstown 9
215 — Colbert (SJ) p. Moore, 4:20; 285 — Rowland (SH) inj. def. Burker; 103 — Wingerd (SJ) fft.; 112 — Knable (SJ) p. Miller, 1:41; 119 — Cooper (SJ) p. Heinrich, 1:47; 125 — Titus-Glover (SJ) fft.; 130 — Seo (SJ) fft.; 135 — Hart (SJ) p. Kendall, 4:26; 140 — Ku (SJ) p. Stokes, 2:42; 145 — Stephens (SJ) p. Bukari, 3:21; 152 — Smith (SJ) d. Ramirez, 7-4; 160 — Peterson (SJ) p. McDonald, 1:25; 171 — Scrivens (SJ) fft.; 189 — Collins (SH) d. Pritchard, 5-4, OT.
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