By BOB PARASILITI
11:19 PM EST, January 23, 2013
Brendon Colbert is the North Hagerstown wrestling team’s version of Derek Jeter.
The Hubs — and the New York Yankees — can go a lot of places with a strong play in the leadoff position.
Colbert was in the position he had been accustomed to over the years as the first wrestler out of the gate for the Hubs on Wednesday. He hit a homer to send North on its way to a 53-22 victory over Boonsboro in an MVAL Antietam match.
Colbert, two years removed from his 112-pound days for the Hubs, was first on the mat with a 138-pound starting bout and pinned Dalton Hawkins in 5:06 to set the tone for North with the 99th victory of his career.
“Exactly,” said North coach Greg Slick to the leadoff hitter comparison. “Now, you never know (what weight class the match will start), but we feel we are very strong there.”
Colbert, a two-time state runner-up, proved to be the best table-setter North (14-10, 5-0) could have.
He scored an immediate takedown and followed with another takedown and a nearfall in the first period to build a 7-1 lead over Hawkins. Colbert led 13-2 after two periods before scoring the pin.
“I wrestled him for third and fourth place at the Hub Cup and got a major decision,” Colbert said. “I wanted to wrestle a lot harder this time around.
“I think a win in the first match is big for anyone who leads off. I’m always prepared to go out because I’m usually one of the first bouts, but you never know when you are going to be first.”
Boonsboro coach Mike McGill knew what Colbert was feeling, since he was in a similar situation not-so-many years ago when he starred at Williamsport. Many times, he was a trendsetter and leadoff man for the Wildcats.
“(Colbert) is definitely the leader of that team,” McGill said. “His teammates see him wrestle well and it motivates the rest of them.”
North continued its good start after Colbert’s pin as Gene Balcita followed with a 17-1 technical fall at 145 and Coleman McHose won by forfeit at 152 to build a 17-0 led for the Hubs.
Brad Hall (160) and Davon Clark (170) notched decisions for Boonsboro (3-13, 0-4) to cut the deficit to 17-6, but the Warriors didn’t get enough momentum to ward off the impending impact of three consecutive forfeits to fall out of reach of the match victory.
“We give up a lot of forfeits and we know that going in,” McGill said. “In a lot of dual meets, we aren’t competitive as a team, so we look at the individual matches to gauge where we are at. North is a good team. We had guys who competed well, but we have to bounce back.”
North’s Antonio Rosario (182) and Amont Hawkins (195) scored pins to put the Hubs up 29-6 before the complement of three forfeits blew the match wide open, making it a 47-6 advantage.
Boonsboro won three of the last four bouts. Jake Stauffer scored a pin in 44 seconds at 113 for the Warriors, while Dalton Funk won by pin in 2:17 at 126 and Charles Anoman won a 22-8 major decision at 132.
Collin Edwards scored a pin in 1:40 for North at 120.
North remained undefeated in the Antietam with one match to go — a showdown next week with Catoctin, which will also enter next week’s match undefeated in the conference — for a chance to win the title.
“It’s Catoctin,” Slick said. “We aren’t looking too far ahead because we face Clarksburg on Saturday, but we know what’s coming down the road.”
North Hagerstown 53, Boonsboro 22
138 — Brendon Colbert (NH) p. Dalton Hawkins, 5:06; 145 — Gene Balcita (NH) t.f. Jake Riley, 17-1; 152 — Coleman McHose (NH) fft.; 160 — Brad Hull (B) d. Michael Leon, 8-4; 170 — Davon Clark (B) d. J.D. McCoy, 18-11; 182 — Antonio Rosario (NH) p. Walter Riley, 4:44; 195 — Amont Hawkins (NH) p. Dakota Pfeiffer, :48; 220 — Aaron Dopson (NH) fft.; 285 — Zane Burker (NH) fft.; 106 — Mike Tobery (NH) fft.; 113 — Jake Stauffer (B) p. Joe Kruger, :44; 120 — Collin Edwards (NH) p. Will Thompson, 1:48; 126 — Dalton Funk (B) p. Eddie Chappell, 2:17; 132 — Charles Anoman (B) m.d. Josh Pettitte, 21-8.
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