By ANDREW MASON
11:12 PM EST, January 23, 2013
After wrestling 12 dual meets last week, Williamsport looked no worse for the wear Wednesday night against Northern Garrett.
The Wildcats easily handled the Huskies, prevailing in 12 of the 14 weight classes to win 64-11.
“We wrestled pretty well tonight,” said Williamsport coach Mike Rechtorovic, whose team improved to 16-6 this season. “After 12 matches last week — two regular dual meets and 10 matches at the Rebel Duals — we’re wrestling pretty decent right now.
“All the mat time helps. We were beat up Saturday, but we took it easy on them Monday and Tuesday, so tonight they were kind of chomping at the bit.”
In the first bout of the night, Williamsport’s Bryan Davis teched out Cody Lauck 18-1 in 5:53 at 132 pounds to give the Wildcats a 5-0 lead.
Williamsport kept rolling. Sinjin Shoop blanked Bryson Day 10-0 at 138, Kobe Baker scored a third-period reversal to edge Chris McCann 6-4 at 145 and Devan Nalley pinned Kyle Beard in the first period at 152 to up the Wildcats’ advantage to 18-0.
After Northern’s Ryan Miller won by fall at 160, Williamsport’s Jacob Cody answered with a pin at 170 to make the score 24-6.
The Wildcats then sealed the match as Austin Golden (182 pounds), Austin Keadle (195) and Lasher Urciolo (220) each won by forfeit, extending their lead to 42-6 with five weight classes left.
Williamsport kept winning — Brandon Iseminger by pin at 285, Justin Beckley by major decision at 106, Nick Miller by forfeit at 113 and Tanner Canfield by pin at 120 — to go up 64-6.
The Huskies (6-12) won the final bout of the night on a tech fall by Justin Opel at 126.
It was a much different Northern team than the one that last came to Williamsport two years ago. The Huskies prevailed 38-32 over the Wildcats on Jan. 20, 2011, handing them their first loss of that season.
“We’re young. We’re starting a bunch of freshmen, and we have four kids out with injuries,” said Northern assistant coach Bob Moranduzzo, who took over for head coach Daymond Schmuck midway through Wednesday’s match after Schmuck accompanied one of his wrestlers to the hospital.
“It’s tough, just one of those years,” he added. “We’re a small school. There are only about 400 kids in all four grades, and the numbers are starting to show.”
Next up for Williamsport is a dual meet Saturday at Southern Garrett — a team Rechtorovic has never beaten in his decade with the Wildcats.
“Hopefully this gives us some momentum for Saturday and we can keep it rolling,” Rechtorovic said.
Williamsport 64, Northern Garrett 11
132 — Davis (W) t.f. Lauck, 18-1, 5:53; 138 — Shoop (W) m.d. Day, 10-0; 145 — Baker (W) d. McCann, 6-4; 152 — Nalley (W) p. Beard, 1:26; 160 — Miller (NG) p. Kennedy, 5:05; 170 — Cody (W) p. Yoder, 1:18; 182 — Golden (W) fft.; 195 — Keadle (W) fft.; 220 — Urciolo (W) fft.; 285 — Iseminger (W) p. B. Platter, 3:34; 106 — Beckley (W) m.d. Rounds, 10-0; 113 — Miller (W) fft.; 120 — Canfield (W) p. C. Platter, 1:36; 126 — Opel (NH) t.f. Loeser, 17-2, 5:09.
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