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Hagler's clutch pin lifts Wildecats to 38-28 victory over Long Reach Wilde Lake heavyweight plants Courtney in :27


Wilde Lake and Long Reach are developing a nice little rivalry.

For the second straight season their dual meet swung upon the heavyweight bout.

And once again, Wilde Lake's Asmar Hagler came through under pressure. His 27-second pin yesterday over Frank Courtney at Wilde Lake gave the Wildecats a 38-28 triumph.

"No one respects us," said Hagler. "Long Reach had high expectations. They said they'd finish fourth this year. We were fourth last year." And Hagler and his teammates aren't about to surrender that fourth-place spot lightly.

The Wildcats (1-1 overall, 1-1 league) won big when they won yesterday, putting together four pins, two major decisions and one forfeit for their 38 points.

Long Reach (1-3, 0-2) was less successful at big scores, pinning three times and getting just one major decision and no forfeits.

Long Reach had its chances at more points, but failed to #F capitalize on them.

"We couldn't stick guys," coach Bill Flick said. "We're not wrestling to our potential."

The biggest turnaround was at 145 pounds, where Long Reach's Chuck Fries was going for his sixth pin this season. Fries had several chances to pin Ari Laric, and was leading 11-3 with 43 seconds left in the match when Laric got a lightning-like surprise pin.

"I got rolled and caught and fell on my hips and couldn't recover," Fries said.

Laric said, "We're in great physical shape and are taught never to give up. I was always moving and looking for leverage, and caught him with an elevator throw."

Those six points for the pin boosted Wilde Lake's lead to 26-15 and provided a strong-enough cushion when Long Reach's Trevor Davies pinned Joe Reiter at 152 pounds and Long Reach's Mike Augustine scored an 11-1 major decision over Aaron Altscher at 160 pounds.

Those wins pulled the Lightning to within a point, 26-25. But Long Reach forfeited at 171 and Long Reach's Nick Rogers, although he won a 7-4 decision at 189, was unable to pin Mike Davis, leaving the Lightning four points behind with one bout to go.

Other key matches for Wilde Lake were at 103 pounds and 125 pounds.

First-year wrestler Matt Ennis of Wilde Lake improved his record to 6-2 by pinning John Rodrigues at 103 pounds.

Rob Jackson pinned Jeff Carter at 125 pounds. Carter, who is struggling, was 22-11 last season and finished fourth in Howard County.

Jackson missed the counties because of a broken hand.

Pub Date: 12/16/98

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