HAGERSTOWN -- Senior captain John Muse, one of three Westminster finalists, needed just one minute 33 seconds to dispatch Mike Dempsher of North Hagerstown for the 145-pound championship in the 12th annual Hub Cup at North Hagerstown last night.
The victory raised Muse's record to 16-3, including 14 pins. One of his pins was in 20 seconds, fourth fastest of the program.
The other Westminster finalists were senior Chris Reiter (20-4) at 125, a 6-5 loser to Steve Stone of Williamsport, and junior 215-pounder Kurt Rauschenburg, pinned in 3: 05 by E.B. Wallech of North Hagerstown.
North Hagerstown won the tournament with 224 points, followed by Williamsport (194.5), with Westminster third (179.5).
Rauschenburg, a first-year wrestler, had an impressive debut.
To reach the final, he recorded successive pins in 40 seconds, 1: 17, and 39 seconds. The total of 2: 36 earned him an award for the most pins in the quickest time.
Adding to this was the fact the event was condensed into a one-day program instead of the normal Friday-Saturday. The weather cost the event six Montgomery County schools, leaving it as an 11-school program.
This is one of the few events that has a 215-pound class, currently under consideration as an additional class by the state wrestling committee.
It fit Rauschenburg perfectly, because he has wrestled some 189 at the junior varsity level, but Riddle is ahead of him, and certainly he would have been giving away too much weight in the heavyweight class.
"I knew he'd be better than the others," Rauschenburg said of Wallech, 14-5 vs. Rauschenburg's 3-3 (0-2 prior to this event). "Coming in, I didn't expect much, and I'm surprised I got this far."
Although his face reflected the loss rather than the wins, Rauschenburg paused, then added, "I shouldn't be upset. The loss was a good way of learning."
To which coach Henry Mohlhenrich said, "He's strong and aggressive, and he works hard, but I didn't think he'd do this well."
Among those missing in the championship round was Westminster's Kyle Burger, 18-0 before getting caught in a mistake and winding up on his back courtesy of Chris Kehne of Walkersville 55 seconds into their 135-pound semifinal.
Burger came back to get third place, pinning South Hagerstown's Shane Williams in 4: 15.
Sammy Hughes at 130, Gabe Wilson at 140, and Zach Riddle at 189 were the others claiming thirds for Westminster.
Hughes decisioned Jon Showe of South Hagerstown at 130, 5-0; Gabe Wilson scored a technical fall at 140 over George Shaw of Walkersville, 4: 30; and at 189, Zach Riddle decisioned Kyle Hildebrand of Frederick, 8-2.
The Owls' Adam Tenney (112), still rounding into form after missing the first six weeks with a broken arm, wound up fourth after losing to Jason Thomas of Beall, 4-3.
The other place-winners for the Owls were Nick Burger, seventh at 152; Jon Burger, fifth at 160; and Pat Zimmerman, fifth at heavyweight.
Pub Date: 1/17/99