By ANDREW MASON
11:00 PM EST, January 16, 2013
History has a way of repeating itself in the annual North Hagerstown-South Hagerstown dual meet.
The two wrestling teams met again Wednesday night at North, and the Hubs won — again. And it wasn’t close — again.
North prevailed in 12 of the 14 weight classes — including eight by pins — for a 70-8 MVAL Antietam victory, defeating the Rebels for the 21st straight year to improve to 34-13 in the all-time series.
“It’s a rivalry match, and we always think it’s important to come out and wrestle hard against South High because they’re our crosstown rival,” said longtime North coach Greg Slick.
But he didn’t want to talk about his team’s winning streak against the Rebels.
“I don’t want to jinx it,” Slick said. “I don’t want the gods of wrestling to be mad at me.”
The Hubs (12-10, 3-0) led 12-0 Wednesday before a bout was contested, as Eddie Chappell (126 pounds) and Gene Balcita (132) each won by forfeit.
North extended its lead to 42-0 on consecutive pins by Brendon Colbert (138), Diantra Landry (145), Aziz Mirzayev (152), Michael Leone (160) and J.D. McKoy (170).
McKoy’s win was a thriller. He trailed South’s Sarosh Bukhari 6-3 in the third period, before scoring an escape to make it a two-point match and then taking Bukhari down to his back and pinning him with six seconds left.
“I just kept thinking that I had to keep the team going,” McKoy said. “I’ve learned to always do my best and wrestle hard all three periods.
“My team backed me up,” he added. “It really helps when you look over and see them all standing up and cheering for you.”
Antonio Rosario then won by forfeit at 182, and Amont Hawkins pinned Spencer Moore in 2:24 at 195 to up the lead to 54-0.
Hawkins, who was North’s lone champion at its 26th annual Hub Cup tournament Saturday, survived a scare, as Moore caught him in a headlock in the first period. While Moore couldn’t get the pin, he got four points — two for the reversal and two for the nearfall — for a 4-2 lead.
“I wouldn’t say I was scared. I was just disappointed in myself for being in that position,” Hawkins said. “I got too anxious running my half and he caught me, but I quickly got out of it.”
For Hawkins, a senior, his team’s victory was maybe even more important.
“I definitely didn’t want South to beat us my senior year,” he said. “I’m just glad the streak lives on, and hopefully the guys next year can get the job done.”
At 220, South (2-6, 1-4) finally got a win as Marquil Holt scored three takedowns in a 7-3 decision over Aaron Dopson.
The teams then exchanged pins, as North’s Dursen Akmendov (285) and South’s Isaiah Brooks (106) each won by fall.
The Hubs won the final two bouts, getting a pin by Mike Tobery (113) and a major decision by Collin Edwards (120).
“The score is not going to show it, but this is the best we’ve wrestled in my five years here,” said South coach Thomas Ashby, who then pointed out Moore’s effort against Hawkins at 195 and Jason Smith’s first-period takedown of Colbert, a two-time Maryland state runner-up, at 138.
“I have six guys out with the flu or injuries, but my hat’s off to North High. Greg Slick, he’s a hall-of-famer, one of the best coaches ever.”
Slick said he likes what he’s seen from his Hubs in 2013.
“I thought we had a nice showing at the Hub Cup (tying for third in the 18-team field), and this was another good result,” he said. “We took some knocks in December. It was a tough December, but we’re seeing now that when you wrestle tough people, it makes you better.”
Note: South lost one team point Wednesday for flagrant misconduct.
North Hagerstown 70, South Hagerstown 8
126 — Chappell (N) fft.; 132 — Balcita (N) fft.; 138 — Colbert (N) p. Smith, 3:24; 145 — Landry (N) p. Mbye, 4:36; 152 — Mirzayev (N) p. Resspass, 1:33; 160 — Leone (N) p. Davis, 1:13; 170 — McKoy (N) p. Bukhari, 5:54; 182 — Rosario (N) fft.; 195 — Hawkins (N) p. Moore, 2:24; 220 — Holt (S) d. Dopson, 7-3; 285 — Akmendov (N) p. Ngati, 4:11; 106 — Brooks (S) p. Yakhuzov, 1:18; 113 — Tobery (N) p. Sodergram, 1:57; 120 — Edwards (N) m.d. Heidke, 11-2.
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