HAGERSTOWN —The North Hagerstown wrestling team put on a show in its home opener Wednesday night, annihilating Frederick 78-6.
“We don’t want to speak too soon, but we have a lot of good wrestlers,” North senior co-captain Connor McHose said.
The Hubs’ actions spoke louder than any words against the Cadets (0-2) as they prevailed in 13 of the 14 weight classes and racked up 11 pins.
“I was impressed,” North coach Greg Slick said. “I’m cautiously optimistic.”
The match started at 126 pounds, and sophomore Brendon Colbert — The Herald-Mail’s Washington County Wrestler of the Year last season — immediately put the Hubs in front for good. He built a 16-3 lead against Frederick’s Tom Faison before pinning him late in the second period.
The pins kept coming, as Gene Balcita (132 pounds), Jack Hurd (138), Aziz Mirzaev (145), Andre McCall (152), Kenneth Burrs (170), McHose (182), Antonio Rosario (195), Dylan Dopson (285), Mike Tobery (106) and Duncan Yeisley (120) each won by fall for the Hubs (6-3). North also got wins by forfeit from Amont Hawkins (220) and Colin Edwards (113).
If there was any drama, it was in McHose’s bout against Konil Juraev. McHose trailed 4-0 after the first period, but needed just 25 seconds of the second period to stick Juraev.
“Being down, I figured that it was time to wrestle harder,” said McHose, who improved to 8-0 this season. “Going into the second period, I chose bottom, got the escape, shot a double-leg and, on the way down to the mat, I hit a half nelson to pin him for six points. That’s the goal — get a pin and score six points for the team.”
Dopson had the shortest bout of the night, needing just 24 seconds to pin Hayden Vegh.
“I was hoping for something to go a little longer so I could work on my conditioning,” Dopson said. “But once I got out there, I just wanted to get the six points for the team.”
Dopson, a senior, is just happy to be wrestling. He’s off to a 5-0 start after missing all of last season with a shoulder injury.
“It was tough not being able to compete and having to sit on the sidelines and watch,” he said. “It’s a huge relief off my shoulders, so to speak.”
After opening the season last week with a 47-21 loss to Winters Mill, the defending Maryland 2A-1A state tournament champion, North went 5-2 over the weekend at the Golden Eagle Duals at Aberdeen.
“They were real disappointed after Winters Mill, and we were up and down over the weekend,” Slick said. “We just need to find some more consistency.”
North Hagerstown 78, Frederick 6
126 — Colbert (NH) p. Faison, 3:43; 132 — Balcita (NH) p. Garcia, :47; 138 — Hurd (NH) p. Diaz, 4:45; 145 — Mirzaev (NH) p. D’Aquino, 1:02; 152 — McCall (NH) p. I. Juraev, 2:34; 160 — Huiung (F) p. Hartsock, 3:28; 170 — Burrs (NH) p. Gilbert, 2:35; 182 — McHose (NH) p. K. Juraev, 2:25; 195 — Rosario (NH) p. Rodriguez, 3:27; 220 — Hawkins (NH) fft.; 285 — Dopson (NH) p. Vegh, :24; 106 — Tobery (NH) p. Kavanaugh, :52; 113 — Edwards (NH) fft.; 120 — Yeisley (NH) p. Kusmider, 3:04.
Records: Frederick 0-2; North 6-3.