McGuffey getting healthier, rolls to win

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Monday, February 9, 1998

McGuffey getting healthier, rolls to win

BY KEN WUNDERLEY
FOR THE OBSERVER-REPORTER

CLAYSVILLE -- The McGuffey wrestling team had two key starters out of the lineup in Saturday's WPIAL Class AAA first-round match against Keystone Oaks. But the Highlanders certainly didn't miss them.

McGuffey, ranked No. 2 by the Observer-Reporter, recorded nine pins en route to a 65-3 victory over Keystone Oaks.

"McGuffey has an outstanding wrestling team, there's no doubt about it," said Keystone Oaks coach Dave Kling. "And they certainly proved it.

"I knew it would be tough when you consider how young we are, but they proved to be even better than I thought they were."

The victory advances McGuffey (16-0) to Tuesday's quarterfinals and sets up a Section 5 rematch with Canon-McMillan.

"Our injury situation isn't nearly as bad as it was," said McGuffey coach Mark Caffrey, referring to the fact the Highlanders had four starters out of the lineup last week. "We wrestled aggressively and it showed."

McGuffey was without senior Zac Shaner and junior Nick Richmond. Shaner, a 135-pounder who has an 18-8 record, has a broken thumb, while Richmond, a 171-pounder who has a 22-1 record, has a shoulder injury.

"Nick could have wrestled, but we didn't need him. I didn't want to take a chance," said Caffrey. "Zac is day-to-day with his injury."

McGuffey had Rich and Shawn Kelley in the lineup for the first time since Jan. 21.

"Rich has been out with separated cartilage in his rib cage, but it didn't bother him at all," said Caffrey. "Shawn has missed time with an ankle injury, but is now close to 100 percent. He's wearing a brace on his ankle as a precautionary measure."

Rich Kelley, who has wrestled only twice since Jan. 3, posted a 6-3 victory over Adam Self at 152. Shawn scored a 4-3 victory over Dorian Dammond at 171.

McGuffey opened the match with two lineup changes. Luke Main moved from 112 to 103 and registered a 26-11 technical fall over Ted Mangan. Jared Gashel moved from 119 to 112 and pinned Nick Rossman at 3:09.

"They both wanted to move down for the (postseason) tournaments," said Caffrey. "I told them it would be good to get a few matches under their belt to make sure they could handle to the change."

Sophomore Alan Durbin made his varsity debut, filling in at 119 and needed only 1:46 to pin Nick Martin.

"It was his first match, but he does have a lot of junior high experience," said Caffrey. "He's also won three junior varsity tournaments this year."

The pins by Gashel and Durbin started a run of seven consecutive pins for McGuffey. Also recording pins during the rally were: Rick Bauer (125), Matt Helicke (130), Mike Downey (135), Jim Hanning (140), and Dave Schlaupitz (145).

Keystone Oaks ended the shutout with a 7-0 win by Joel Abraham over Thor Plants at 160. McGuffey capped the victory with a pair of pins by Mike Abriatis (189) and Joe Ginther (Hvy).

NOTES -- Durbin, Bauer, Downey, Hanning, Schlaupitz, and Ginther recorded first-period pins. Hanning had the fastest fall: 59 seconds to dispose of Justin Baker




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