Fort Hill HS Wrestling: 2001-2002 Season & Older

Tuesday, October 23
Fort Hill Returning Two State Qualifiers in 2001-2002
Senior Roy Payne
It's been a long time since two state qualifiers have returned to the mats at Fort Hill as Wrestlers and not as Alumni! Senior Roy Payne and Junior Austin Williams will be returning to Fort Hill's mat this year in hopes of returning to the State Tournament for the second year in a row. That alone will be an accomplishment but both really have their eyes on winning the first state championship for Fort Hill since Dave Phillips did it in 1990. Also, Buddy Vanmeter and Louie Schaidt were the last wrestlers to place in the State Tournament for Fort Hill.

They now know what to expect at this years tournament. Roy recorded a win in his very exciting match against the top seeded Owings Mill opponent in the 103lb class and then lost two very close matches. Austin recorded a win in the 189lb class before losing two. Both had very good showings that earned them a lot of respect by never letting up during their matches.

Both have worked hard in the offseason and attended the Clarion Way Camp with their teammates in the Summer. Also, both play football for the Sentinels. This could be a great year for both of them!

The road to this years tournament will definitely be different. Both the Bi-County and Regional Tournaments will be held at Fort Hill this year. Hopefully the home mat advantage will give them the edge they need to advance to the State Tournament again.


Junior Austin Williams

Sign-up in the main office as soon as possible for the 2001-2002 wrestling team. Don't forget to let anyone else know that might be interested----especially freshman. Since I'm not in the school system, I need your help in recruiting for the future.

Thursday, November 29
Fort Hill Mat Club to Sponser trip to Penn State Open!
Penn State Open
The Fort Hill Mat Club will sponser a trip tp the Penn State Open on Sunday, December 2, 2001. The trip is free to all Fort Hill Wrestlers and a Parent. This is a great opportunity to see some of the best College Wrestlers in the country. Space is limited to 47 people so contact Coach Nichols as soon as possible. A meal will be provided for all Wrestlers and Coaches.

The bus will leave Fort Hill at 12:00 noon. Please be on time. We will be leaving Penn State University no later than 9:00PM. Any questions, call Coach Nichols at (301)724-2113 or (301)722-8300.

Maryland State Wrestling Association Preseason Rankings
The latest preseason rankings are out from the Maryland State Wrestling Association. Even though they don't mean ...

Three Seniors To Lead Fort Hill This Season!
2001-2002 Seniors
Fort Hill will be led by three Seniors in the 2001-2002 wrestling season. With the leadership of Seniors Roy Payne, James Divelbiss, and James Summers, this team looks for another successful season. All three have been working hard in the matroom and are expected to give big contributions to the success of this year's team.

"This year's Seniors have big shoes to fill, -period!", Coach Nichols stated, "But, I have been watching them for the pass month and I couldn't be more pleased! Let's face it, when you lose team leaders like Cody Mackie, Denny Burke, Kurt Monington, Justin D'Atri, Adam Fell, Matt Beeman, and Dave Smith----you start the season without any clear leadership. Those guys not only led but they set the tone and more importantly the intensity at every practice! They made the entire team better! It's going to take these guys some time to settle in their role but right now they have really taken the bull by the horns! I'm definitely proud of how much maturity they are showing!".

Roy Payne is coming off a great year! He not only qualified for States last year but proved that he could wrestle with the best this state has to offer! About Roy Payne, Coach Nichols recalled, "Without a doubt, Roy wrestled the best and most exciting match at States that I have ever personally been a part of! During the match, he could have had his top ranked opponent disqualified for biting his arm but he refuse to bring it to the referee's attention because he wanted to beat him outright and not with a DQ! What's that tell you about him?"! He will start the year at 112lbs but will most likely drop to 103lbs by January. Either way, he will definitely be the guy to beat in our area!

James Divelbiss also had a pretty good year! He was the varsity wrestler in the 215lb class in 2000-2001 and had a chance to practice with Kurt Monington every day. Coach Nichols said that, "Intensity is what Jimmy is all about! He is not only very physical but very intelligent. That's a very dangerous combination in the Heavyweight divison! He will be very exciting to watch for sure!".

James Summers is expected to be at the 189lb class this year with Austin Williams wrestling in his own weight class. "He may be the biggest surprise of the season." Coach Nichols said, "He has the ability to be every bit as good, if not better, than Austin was in that weight class. He is a natural 189lbs, so he won't be giving up that much weight and his wrestling really has improved! It's a matter of how bad he wants it-----and right now I would say that he wants it pretty damn bad!"!

Team Captains 2001-2002
Austin Williams-Artie Butler-James Divelbiss-Roy Payne
Senior Roy Payne, Senior James Divelbiss, Junior Austin Williams, and Sophomore Artie Butler have been selected as the Team Captains for the 2001-2002 Wrestling season. Sophomore Jesse Lambert was chosen as an alternate.

This will be Austin Williams second straight year as Team Captain. Roy, James, and Artie will be heading in their first year in this leadership role. All should do a great job! Congratulations!!! Now the work starts!!

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Senior Roy Payne easily in control!
Fort Hill Drops Opener to Beall 42-28
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Sophomore Jared Skelley Gets the Pin!
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The Beall Mountaineers spoiled Fort Hill's opening match. The win left Beall with a perfect 4-0 record while Fort Hill dropped to 0-1. The following is a summary of all matches:

Beall - 42    Fort Hill - 28

103 - Jared Skelley(FH) pinned Brent Walker(Be) 3:34
112 - Roy Payne(FH) dec. Nathan Jackson(Be) 11-1
119 - Lance Dicken(FH) pinned Travis Dixon(Be) 1:30
125 - Chris Lewis(Be) pinned Jesse Lambert(FH) 1:27
130 - Nathan Workman(Be) pinned Chris Brown(FH) 2:59
135 - Brandon Durney(Be) pinned Kenny Squires(FH) 1:48
140 - Jason Riggleman(Be) dec. Artie Butler(FH) 7-0
145 - Colin DeVore(Be) pinned Nathan Bennett(FH) 1:40
152 - Brian Crowe(Be) pinned John Wertz(FH) :21
160 - Austin Williams(FH) pinned Pat Willison(Be) 1:38
171 - Nick Durst(Be) pinned Josh Tart(FH) 3:51
189 - James Summers(FH) pinned Zach Slone(Be) 1:42
275 - Ty Wiland(Be) dec. James Divelbiss(FH) 13-6

Junior Varsity Matches

John Davidson(FH) pinned B. Lewis(Be) 1:59
S. Mathews(Be) dec. Glenn Lowery(FH) 9-3
M. Neely(Be) pinned Seth Frye(FH) 1:03
Justin Fuller(FH) pinned P. Sagal(Be) 1:27
J. Kauffman(Be) pinned Jason Oates(FH) 3:41

Little Sentinels Matches

Opponent(Be) dec. Devin Brown(FH) 16-2
Justin Nichols(FH) pinned Cory(Be)
Zach Huffman(FH) dec. Steven(Be) 4-2 in OT
Shawn Bennett(FH) dec. Lewis(Be) 4-2
Noah DeVore(Be) dec. Justin Nichols(FH) 9-7

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Senior James Divelbiss getting out of trouble!

Jared Skelley - TR Davis Champion
103lb Champion Jared Skelley in the Finals!
Sunday, December 16
JARED SKELLEY - 2001 T.R. Davis Tournament Champion!
3rd Place finishers
3rd Place -Chris Brown and Austin Williams
Fort Hill's Jared Skelley, a Sophomore, took the 103lb class Championship at the 2001 T.R. Davis Memorial Tournament and in the process became the only unbeaten wrestler on the Sentinel team! His record now improves to 3-0. He pinned Ryan Murray of Meyersdale in the semi-finals. Then Jared decisioned Eric Stowell of Westmar in the Finals! It was Jared's, first tournament championship.

Fort Hill finished 4th out of ten teams in the team standings by having a complete team effort. Finishing in second place for Fort Hill was Senior Roy Payne in the 112lb Class, Junior Lance Dicken in the 119lb Class, and Senior James Divelbiss in the 275lb Class. Coming in third place was Sophomore Chris Brown, and Junior Austin Williams.

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2nd Place Finnisher's James Divelbiss-Lance Dicken-Roy Payne

Fort Hill Sinks Petersburg 47-32
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Jesse Lambert won in the deciding match!
The Fort Hill Wrestling team defeated Petersburg Tuesday night by a score of 47-32. Sophomore Jared Skelley improved his record to 4-0 by pinning his opponent in just 8 seconds! Team Captains Roy Payne and Austin Williams pinned their opponents as did Junior Lance Dicken, Sophomore Jesse Lambert, Junior John Wertz, and Sophomore Josh Tart. Sophomore Team Captain Artie Butler had a Technical Fall over his opponent.

In the Junior Varsity matches, Junior Michael Divelbiss recorded a pin over his opponent in his first match back from a broken leg. Also, Cherish Fields decisioned her Allegany opponent for her first win in only her first match.

Fort Hill:47

103 Jared Skelley(FH) pinned Jonathan Geary(P) :08
112 Roy Payne(FH) pinned Shawn Hinkle(P) 1:57
119 Lance Dicken(FH) pinned Nathan Hagerty(P) 1:25
125 Wes Kimble(P) pinned Glenn Lowery(FH) :43
130 Jesse Lambert(FH) pinned Tyson Reek(P) 1:32
135 Artie Butler(FH) Tech. Fall Michael Reynolds(P) 17-0
140 Cole Harman(P) pinned Kenny Squires(FH) :43
145 Josh Dingess(P) pinned Nathan Bennett(FH) 3:49
152 John Wertz(FH) pinned Adam Crews(P) 1:30
160 Austin Williams(FH) pinned Erik Schwandt(P) 3:45
171 Josh Tart(FH) pinned Sean Doughtery(P) 2:30
189 Curran Thorne(P) dec. James Summers(FH) 9-1
215 Rocky Redman(P) pinned Jason Oates(FH) 1:44
275 Devin Alt(P) dec. James Divelbiss(FH) 12-5

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Junior Lance Dicken is on fire this year!

Fort Hill Shows Up Against Westmar 66-9
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Sophomore Chris Brown in action!
The Fort Hill Wrestling team had everyone show up in a 66-9 win over Westmar. Westmar had only six wrestlers in 13 weight classes. The Sentinels won all but two weight classes. The following is a summary:

103 Eric Stowell(W) dec. Jared Skelley(FH) 10-8
112 Roy Payne(FH) won by forfeit
119 Lance Dicken(FH) won by forfeit
125 Steve Deshong(W) pinned Glenn Lowery(FH) 4:28
130 Chris Brown(FH) pinned Wayne Perkins(W) 3:20
135 Artie Butler(FH) pinned Eric Beeman(W) 1:46
140 Kenny Squires(FH) pinned Andy Taylor (W) 1:04
145 Nathan Bennett(FH) won by forfeit
152 John Wertz(FH) won by forfeit
160 Austin Williams(FH) won by forfeit
171 Josh Tart(FH) won by forfeit
189 James Summers(FH) pinned Mike Hamilton(W) :53
275 James Divelbiss(FH) won by forfeit

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Sophomore Kenny Squire defeated his opponent!
preview Kenny Squires @ Westmar 122201

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Josh Tart came back from being down 19-6 to defeat his opponent!
Fort Hill Splits Triangular
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Team Captain Austin Williams pinned both of his opponents!
Fort Hill split a triangular match with Keyser and Petersburg. In the first match Fort Hill defeated Petersburg 45-33. Then in the second match, Keyser nipped Fort Hill 46-34.

It was a pretty good day for the team and we showed some continued improvement! In one Match, Sophomore Josh Tart came from a 19-6 deficit in dramatic fashion to pin his opponent in the last :50 seconds. Also, Senior James Divelbiss avenged a previous loss to Petersburg's Devin Alt by pinning him in 4:42. Winning Both matches for Fort Hill was Senior Team Captain R.J. Payne, Sophomore Chris Brown, Junior Team Captain Austin Williams, and Sophomore Josh Tart. Below is the complete results:

Keyser: 46
Fort Hill: 34
103 Nathan Durr(K) pinned Derek Humbertson(FH) 5:50
112 Roy Payne(FH) pinned Andrew Suton(K) :14
119 Ryan Smith(K) pinned Lance Dicken(FH) 1:40
125 Cole Fazenbaker(K) pinned Glenn Lowery(FH) 1:45
130 Chris Brown(FH) dec. Lonnie Judy(K) 23-9
135 Corey Kyle(K) pinned Artie Butler(FH) 2:30
140 David Smith(K) pinned Kenny Squires(FH) :33
145 Nathan Bennett(FH) pinned Axel Baker(K)5:52
152 John Wertz(FH) pinned Brandon Raver(K) :48
160 Austin Williams(FH) pinned Corey Rider(K) 1:30
171 Josh Tart(FH) pinned Corey Liken(K) 5:10
189 Kevin Poling(K) pinned James Summers(FH) 4:40
215 Jason Sell(K) dec. Jason Oates(FH) 10-2
275 Nick Hoover(K) pinned James Divelbiss(FH) 1:50

Fort Hill: 45
Petersburg: 33
103 Jonathan Geary(P) dec. Derek Humbertson(FH) 16-12
112 Roy Payne(FH) won by forfeit
119 Shawn Hinkle(P) pinned Lance Dicken(FH) 1:08
125 Wes Kimble(P) pinned Glenn Lowery(FH) :48
130 Chris Brown(FH) pinned Nathan Hagerty(P) 3:21
135 Artie Butler(FH) won by forfeit
140 Kenny Squires(FH) dec. Michael Reynolds(P) 6-5
145 Josh Dingess(P) pinned Nathan Bennett(FH) 1:45
152 John Wertz(FH) pinned Chris Alt(P) 2:08
160 Austin Williams(FH) pinned Erik Schwandt(P) 4:27
171 Josh Tart(FH) pinned Sean Doughtery(P) 1:44
189 James Summers(FH) pinned Ben Fouts(P) 1:20
215 Rocky Redman(P) pinned Jason Oates(FH) 3:02
275 James Divelbiss(FH) pinned Devin Alt(P) 4:42

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John Wertz going for the pin!

2002 Super Duals Team Pic
Calvert Hall Wins 2002 Super Duals; Fort Hill Takes 3rd!
Calvert Hall(6-1) became the 2002 Super Dual Meet Tournament Champion by winning the last match of the tournament. Beall(6-1) took second and Fort Hill(5-2) was third. Frankfort(5-2) was 4th, Uniontown(3-4) was 5th, Cardinal Gibbons(2-5) was 6th, Allegany(1-6) was 7th, and Midland(0-7) was 8th.

James Divelbiss(275) and Roy Payne(112) went 7-0 for the entire weekend to Champion their weight classes! Austin Williams(160) took second by going 6-1. Taking third place for Fort Hill was Lance Dicken(119), Artie Butler(135), Josh Tart(171), James Summers(189), and Jason Oates(215).

More info to follow!

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Sophomore Jared Skelley sticks Eric Stowell of Westmar!
Fort Hill Defeats Westmar 57-18
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Sophomre Josh Tart pins again!
It didn't take long but the Fort Hill Matmen defeated the Westmar Wildcats 57-18. Below is the rundown:

103 Jared Skelley(FH) pinned Eric Stowell(W) 1:51
112 Roy Payne(FH) won by forfeit
119 Lance Dicken(FH) won by forfeit
125 Steve Deshong(W) pinned Glenn Lowery(FH) 1:57
130 Chris Brown(FH) dec. Wayne Perkins(W) 17-11
135 Eric Beeman(W) pinned Artie Butler(FH) 1:06
140 Barry Baker(FH) won by Forfeit
145 Kenny Squires(FH) won by Forfeit
152 Jeremiah Diehl(W) won by forfeit
160 Austin Williams(FH) won by forfeit
171 Josh Tart(FH) pinned Mike Hamilton(W) :51
189 James Summers(FH) won by forfeit
275 James Divelbiss(FH) pinned Jesse Dowling(W) 3:40

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Senior Team Captain James Divielbiss pinning Jesse Dowling of Westmar!

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Josh Tart Pinning Northern to Seal the Win!
Fort Hill ends long Northern streak
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Austin Williams during his 8-6 win over Northern's Chris Knox
CUMBERLAND -- As Josh Tart pinned Lee Yoder, Fort Hill celebrated their first win over Northern in over 14 years on Thursday night at Fort Hill.

Fort Hill won the match, 45-28 and gave Northern head coach Scott Stough his first loss to a Western Maryland Interscholastic League team in his 14 years as a coach and his first loss to a Maryland team in over two years. It was Fort Hill head coach Bernie Nichols' first win over the Huskies in his nine years with the Sentinels.

Jared Skelley (103), Roy Payne (112), Lance Dicken (119), Chris Brown (130), Tart (171) and James Summers (189) won by pins for Fort Hill. Austyn Williams won by decision, and Glenn Lowery won by forfeit. Brown was down 14-4 before notching the pin.

The Sentinels move to 4-1 in the WMIL and drops Northern to 4-1. There is a three-team tie for first in the league as Beall also stands at 4-1.

"I credit the kids for coming off a very disappointing loss to Beall last night (Wednesday). We were within two matches of winning and came up short. To come around after a disappointing loss like that and face a team that hasn't lost to WMIL Dual-Meet in 14 years was awesome," said Nichols. "We have only one of three seniors with regular varsity experience out of 13 weight classes. We are so excited about the future."

For Northern, Dan Ganoe (135), Darrick Kamp (145), Jordan Brenneman (152) and Trey Brenneman (275) won by pin,and Mitchell Guard (140) won by forfeit.

The loss puts Northern (11-3) as an underdog to participate in the Dual-Meet State Regional Tournament on Wednesday at Beall. Beall, North Hagerstown, Williamsport and Walkersville will be the likely participants. The final posting will be made tonight. Beall hosts the tournament as the top-seed due to their 13-1 dual-meet record.

"Wins like this don't come easy, but they are the ones you remember forever," said Nichols. "Our motto was 'Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently' and after last night's loss we did it a lot more intelligently."

Fort Hill (12-10) will host Frankfort and Allegany next Saturday in a triangular.

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Chris Brown was down 14-4 before pinning Northern's Mike Wolf!

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Roy Payne is 112lb Champion!
Click HERE for Complete 2002 Bi-County Results!
Fighting off the symptoms of the flu, Senior Team Captain Roy Payne became the 112lb Bi-County Champion by defeating Nathan Jackson of Beall 10-0 in the finals at Fort Hill HS. Roy becomes just the second Bi-County Champion for Fort Hill in two years.

Fort Hill also had three other wrestler finish second. Jared Skellel at 103lbs, Austin Williams at 160lbs, and James Divelbiss at 275lbs finished just short of a Championship.

Lance Dicken at the 119lb class, Artie Butler in the 135lb class, and James Summer in the 189lb class finished a respectable third place. Also, Fort Hill finished third as a team behind Champion Beall and Northern Garrett.

Click HERE for Complete 2002 West Regional Tournament Seeds!

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Wresting Dinner Friday - May 17, 2002
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The Fort Hill Wrestling Dinner will be held Friday, May 17, 2002, at the Cumberland Holiday Inn. Please be there by 7:00Pm.

Dinner will be served promptly at 7:10PM. Dinner will include an all-u-can eat buffet with the following items:
- Roast Top Round of Beef
- Stuffed Chicken Breast
- Peas w/ onions
- Steamed Broccoli
- Smashed Potatoes w/gravy
- Tossed Salad w/ asst dressings
- Pasta Salad
- Asst. Desserts
- Rolls & Butter
- Coffee, Decaf, hot and cold tea

Team members are free and adults are $12.00. Please contact Coach Nichols by May 13 with the exact number of people attending. This promises to be a very good dinner and great time. Let's get together one last time and say goodbye to our Seniors.

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IMPORTANT: Clarion University Wrestling Camp Information
This should provide the necessary information needed to attend the Eagle Wrestling School. Note: this is a wrestling school, please report in wrestling condition.

Registration Duties:
1. Registration for residents will begin Sunday in Tippin Gymnasium lobby between 2:00 & 4:00PM. (Please register during these assigned hours).
2. Room assignments will be made in dormitory lobby.
3.Automobiles will not be allowed at camp.

Pre-meal meeting: Sunday at 4:30 PM in the Wrestling Room
First Meal: Sunday evening starting at 4:45 PM
Camp Welcome: 6:15 PM - Peirce Auditorium

Dormitory wrestlers will need the following items:
1. Two sheets, pillow, and pillow case and light blanket.
2. Personal items - toothbrush, toothpaste, towel, wash cloth, soap, casual clothes, light jacket. The dorms are not air conditioned, so you may wish to bring a floor fan.
3. Wrestling shoes or high top snaekers.
4. Four or more changes of wrestling practice equipment. You will have the opportunity to wash and dry your clothes.
5. Please bring your own head gear.It is not mandatory.
6. Bring your swim suits. No cut-offs or gym shorts will be permitted in the pool.
7. It is not recommended that you bring a large sum of money with you. All items of great value should be left at home. The Eagle Wrestling School cannot be responsible for such loses, although we will take every preventative measure.
8. The final clinic session will end at approximately 11:30 AM on Thursday.
9. Parents may visit any session of the school.
10. IN CASE OF EMERGANCY: Parents may reach you by calling one of these numbers:
Day: Wrestling Office (814)393-2455 or Evenings: Public Safety Office (814)393-2111
11. You are reminded to bring your parental instruction form concerning medical treatment with you to registration.
12. If a wrestler should need to see a doctor during his stay due to illness or injury, a charge will be assessed.
13. Wrestlers in the Team Camp should bring a VHS tape, we will be taping all matches.
14. We will be staying at Wilkinson Hall this summer. The phone number at the front desk is (814)393-2279. If you need to contact a wrestler you can contact a residents life staff member..

Example of the daily schedule.

2:00-4:00PM   Registration and room organization
4:30PM       Pre-meal meeting - Wrestling Room.
4:45PM       1st Meal - Chandler Dining Hall
6:15PM       Camp Meeting - Peirce Auditorium
7:10-9:00PM   1st session of Wrestling
10:45PM       All resident wrestlers must be in dorm.
11:00PM       Room check and lights out

General schedule of Daily activities

6:30AM       Wake up Call
7:00-8:00AM   Breakfast
8:10AM       Roll call and warm-up
8:25-11:15AM Session I
11:30AM       Lunch
2:00-4:00PM   Session 2
4:00PM       Open Mats
4:30-6:00PM   Dinner
7:00-9:00PM   Session 3
9:10-10:15PM Free Swim
10:45PM       All wrestlers must be in dorm
11:00PM       Room check and lights out.

- ALL sessions must be attended! Roll Call will be taken!
- Meals will be taken at times indicated.
- All wrestlers must be in your room by 10:45PM

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Tommy Diehl Award for Outstanding Wrestler is --- Roy Payne!
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This year's Tommy Diehl Award winner for the most outstanding wrestler is Senior Captain Roy Payne. Roy has lead this team in every category but takedowns. He had the most wins, the most regional points, the best record, not to mention the quickest pin I have ever personally seen against his Allegany opponent during his junior season. Also, roy is a two time State Qualifier and has a win at that tournament under his belt.

"I know that I harp on Roy's win at states last year alot, but it just reaffirms that if you work hard enough, anything is possible! He hadn't even seen a wrestling mat before his sophomore season, and he worked really hard and went out and easily upset a top ranked opponet!", Coach Nichols stated. "His wrestling, work ethnic, and leadership is really going to be missed, not to mention that Roy is just really fun to be around! I know I speak for the entire Fort Hill Community when I say that I wish him and every Senior the best of luck in what ever they do!"

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2000-2001 Fort Hill Wrestling Team Picture
Row 1(sitting): Randy Davis, Jesse Lambert, Lance Dicken, Adam Fell, Roy Payne, Jared Skelley, Andrew Long, Nathan Bennett, Zack Huffman(Manager)

Row 2(Kneeling): Tom Fell, Matt Beeman, Jeff Imes, Artie Butler, Kenny Squires, Bucky Hardman, Brandon Wigfield, Mike Divelbiss, Shawn Bennett(Manager)

Row 3(Standing): Bernie Nichols(Head Coach), Jason Oates, James Divelbiss, Denny Burke, Cody Mackie, Justin Fuller, Austin Williams, Josh Tart, Kurt Monington, David Smith, Justin D'Atri, Brian Lepley(Asst. Coach)

Not Shown: Greg Stevens(Asst. Coach)

2000-2001 Graduating Seniors
Matt Beeman, Adam Fell, Denny Burke, Cody Mackie, Kurt Monington, David Smith, and Justin D'Atri.

2000-2001 Team Captains
Austin Williams, Denny Burke, Cody Mackie, and Kurt Monington

The FH Wrestling Team will be represented by four of it's team members in the 2001 Maryland State Wrestling Tournament at Western Maryland College in Westminster on Friday and Saturday. Senior Captains Cody Mackie,Denny Burke will be going. As well as, Junior Roy Payne and Sophomore Captain Austyn Willams.

I can't tell you how proud I was of everyone that wrestled in the 1A/2A West Region Tournament. Adam Fell, Kurt Monington, and Justin D'Atri represented us well and gave 110% at all times. Altough you did not advance, you set a great example for almost the entire team of underclassmen that traveled to watch and support you, just as you have done all year. You wrestled with heart, pride, and above all else---CLASS! I cannot tell you in words how proud I am to have been your Coach!

As for Cody, Denny, Roy, and Austyn-----you proved that you belonged at the West Regional Tournament and now you are going to get an opportunity to prove that you are some of the best wrestlers in the State! To win you have to believe that you will! I don't believe in luck----so prepare well!

Cody Mackie took 3rd at the West Region Tournament at 171lb!

Denny Burke took 3rd at West Region Tournament at 152lbs!

Austyn Willams took 3rd at West Region Tournament at 189lbs!

Roy Payne took 4th at the West Region Tournament at 103 lbs!

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Kurt Monington is the 2001 275lb Class Bi-County Champion!
Senior Captain Kurt Monington has won the 275lb Class in the 2001 Bi-County Tournament by pinning Brad Palmer of Southern Garrett in the finals. Congratulations Kurt, you really deserve this one! You wrestled smart and really worked hard all season! This is one that you'll never forget!

Fort Hill had several 2nd Place finishers. Seniors Cody Mackie, Denny Burke, Justin D'Atri, and Junior Roy Payne all were in the finals. Senior Adam Fell and Sophomore Austin Williams took 3rd place!

Fort Hill Wrestling Wins Spotlight Award
This site was picked as the Spotlight Award Winner for February 2001 by eteamz. Eteamz picks one of their best sites to for the Spotlight Award each month and we are it for this month! Great team---Great site, congratulations!


WRESTLERS OF THE WEEK(1/28-2/2/01) is Payne & D'Atri!
Junior Roy Payne and Senior Justin D'Atri are the wrestlers of the week by going 2-0 against their opponents. Both seem to be peeking just as the post season begins.

Roy started the week with a 11-0 decision over Northern's A. DeWitt. Then he avenged an earlier lost to Nathan Jackson of Beall by decisioning him 7-0. Roy's record is now 21-5 .

Justin D'Atri pinned Northern's Lee Yoder in 3:30 and decisioned Shawn Hardy of Beall, 5-2.

Both wrestlers are looking for strong performances at the Bi-County Tournament.

WRESTLER OF THE WEEK(01/21- 01/27/01) is Mackie & Williams!
Senior Captain Cody Mackie and Sophomore Captain Austin Williams both went undefeated to take their 1st CVAL Championships and shared in "Wrestler of the Week" honors. It was the 1st Tournament Championship for both wrestlers and probably the best week of their wrestling careers.

Cody had an outstanding tournament. He pinned Joey Bolt of Musselman in :50 and Drew Day of Jefferson in 3:36. Also, he decisioned Andrew Everhart of Hedgesville 5-3. He received a forfeit at Westmar after the 171 pounder bumped up to 189.

Austin went 5-0 for the week. He started the week out by pinning Cole Green of Westmar in 3:31. Then he pinned all of his opponnets in the CVAL tournament.

Fort Hill Pins Petersburg and Allegany to go to 8-4!
The Fort Hill Wrestling team improved their record to 8-4 by defeating Petersburg 55-13 and Allegany 59-18. It was a total team effort with Fort Hill winning 10 of 14 weight classes against Petersburg and 11 of 14 weight classes against Alegany! Roy Payne capped off the night with a team quickest :07 pin! For complete recap clip on Schedule/Scores.

WESTLER OF THE WEEK(01/13/01-01/20/01) is a Three Way Tie!
Austin, Kurt, Roy Get This Weeks Honors
It was a really hard week to choose the "Wrestler of the Week" award. It wasn't that nobody could stand out ---- it seemed a lot of people stood out! But, in the end I had to go with this three way tie and give it to Senior Captain Kurt Monington, Sophomore Captain Austin Williams, and Junior standout Roy Payne. All three had great weeks both in the practice room and at Match time.

Honorable mentions have to be given to Senior Captain Denny Burke and returning State Qualifier Senior Jason Hillegas too. Both had great weeks also, capped off by taking 2nd place and going 4-1 in the 2001 Super Duals Tournament. They literally missed making this a five way tie by a hair! Great job!

Senior Captain Kurt Monington went 5-1 this week. He also placed second in the 2001 Super Duals Tournament in the 275 pound division by beating T. Green of Archbishop Curley in an exciting match! That will go nicely with Kurt's second place finnish at the 2000 TR Davis Memorial Tournament. Kurt's only lost in both tournaments have come at the hands of James Riggins of Allegany. His record is now 10-6.

Junior Roy Payne also went 5-1 for the week. Roy never saw a wrestling mat until last year and now leads the team with a 14-3 record He has scored 66 team points already this year. Also, Roy is constantly leading by example in the practice room by always giving 100%! He also is the 2000 TR Davis Memorial Champion in the 103 pound class.

Sophomore Captain Austin Williams went 5-1 and took 2nd place in the 2001 Super Duals Tournament by pinning Dustin Bosley of Frankfort, in a rematch from earlier in the season in which he had lost. Despite only weighing 169 pounds, he is now 14-4 in the 191 pound class and leads the team in takedowns with 29.

Everyone keep up the great work!

Senior Captain Denny Burke in Control!
Fort Hill Beats Westmar to go 6-4!
01/23/2001 - It was a short night in which the Fort Hill Wrestling team took it to the Wildcats in short order by winning 10 of thirteen weight classes. Fort Hill's record now moves to 6-4. This night was a total team effort and some Junior Vasity Wrestlers moved up to Varsity and showed that they had the capability to perform at that level!

Winning by pins were Junior Roy Payne, Freshman Chris Brown, Freshman Artie Butler, Sophomore Captain Austin Williams, and Junior James Summers. Senior Captain Denny Burke decisioned his opponent 5-0. Senior Adam Fell, Senior Matt Beeman, Senior Captain Cody Mackie, and Senior Captain Kurt Monington all received forfeits.

The following is the complete results:

103 Roy Payne(FH) pinned Billy Warnick(W) 1:26
112 Adam Fell(FH) won by forfeit
119 Travis Kyle(W) tec. dec. Jesse Lambert(FH) 19-3
125 Chris Brown(FH) pinned Wayne Perkins(W) 1:44
130 Artie Butler(FH) pinned Eric Beem(W) 1:57
135 Matt Beeman won by forfeit
140 Will High(W) pinned Nathan Bennett(FH) 4:27
145 Jerimah Diehl(W) dec. Randy Davis(FH) 4-0
152 Denny Burke(FH) dec. Eric Preston(W) 5-0
160 Austin Williams(FH) pinned Cole Green(W) 3:31
171 Cody Mackie(FH) won by forfeit
189 James Summer(FH) pinned Mike Hamilton(W) :21
275 Kurt Monington(FH) won by forfeit

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WRESTLER OF THE WEEK(01/07/01-01/13/01) is Cody Mackie!
Cody after pinning Clay Miller of Alco!
Senior Captain Cody Mackie is the "Wrestler of the Week" for this Fort Hill Team. Cody really had a great week and went 3-0 against some stiff competition!

He started the week with a 13-5 decision over Sean O'Brien of Southern Garrett. Then, on the same night, he was beating Jeremiah Goodwin of Keyser 18-4 until Goodwin stopped the match due to his injuries. Cody then capped off the week by pinning Clay Miller of rival Allegany!

He currently leads the team in "Team Points Scored" with 40. Also, his record of 10-2 is a team best! Keep up the great work!

Fort Hill Swats Hornets 51-21!
In a night that included 6 forfeits and 5 pins, Freshman Jesse Lambert of Fort Hill overcame a 1:45 fight from his own back to lead the Sentinels to a 51-21 victory over the Hyndman Hornets. Jesse pinned Tom Shipley of Hyndman in overtime. His victory jump started the Sentinels. They would win 9 of thirten weight classes.

Recording pins for Fort Hill was Freshman Jesse Lambert and Senior Jason Hillegas. Senior Justin D'Atri recorded the only decison over Brad Shoemaker of Hyndman. Receiving forfeits for Fort Hill was Kurt Monington, Austin Williams, Cody Mackie, Randy Davis, Adam Fell, and Roy Payne.

The results are as follows:

103 Roy Payne(FH) won by forfeit
112 Adam Fell(FH) won by forfeit
119 Jesse Lambert(FH) pinned Tom Shipley(H) 7:00 in OT
125 R.P. Scritchfield(H) pinned Andrew Long(FH) 1:52
130 Jason Hillegas(FH) pinned Dustin Miller(H) :51
135 Ben Emerick(H) dec Matt Beeman(FH)10-4
140 Justin Minnick(H) pinned Nathan Bennett(FH) :52
145 Randy Davis(FH) won by forfeit
152 Nathan Satzer(H) pinned Denny Burke(FH) 1:20
160 Justin D'Atri(FH) dec Brad Shoemaker(H) 6-2
171 Cody Mackie(FH) won by forfeit
189 Austin Williams(FH) won by forfeit
275 Kurt Monington(FH) won by forfeit

Senior Adam Fell pinning Billy Orndorff
Fort Hill Defeats Crosstown Rival Allegany 57-15
The Fort Hill Wrestling Team defeated the Allegany Campers 57-15 to move their record to 4-4. Senior Adam Fell, Freshman Jesse Lambert, Senior Matt Beeman, Senior Justin DAtri, Senior Cody Mackie, and Sophomore Austin Williams all recorded pins for Fort Hill! Freshman Artie Butler and Junior James Summers decisioned their opponents. Receiving forfeits for Fort Hill was Junior Roy Payne, Sophomore Nathan Bennett, and Senior Denny Burke.

In Junior Varsity matches Sophomore Bucky Hardman, Freshman Jeff Imes, and Freshman Jason Oates all recorded pins! Great job guys!

The following is a listing of individual results:

103 Roy Payne(FH) won by Forfeit
112 Adam Fell(FH) pinned Billy Orndoff(A) 1:23
119 Jesse Lambert(FH) pinned Josh Barton(A) :20
125 Clayton Woodrum(A) pinned Andrew Long(FH) 1:04
130 Artie Butler(FH) dec Joe Hayes(A) 8-1
135 Matt Beeman(FH) pinned Chad Izat(A) 5:39
140 Nathan Bennett(FH) won by Forfeit
145 Aaron McGray(A) dec Randy Davis(FH) 11-8
152 Denny Burke(FH) won by Forfeit
160 Justin DAtri(FH) pinned Jimmy Main(A) :48
171 Cody Mackie(FH) pinned Clay Miller(A) 2:51
189 Austin Williams(FH) pinned Justin Snyder(A) 3:46
215 James Summer(FH) dec. Dave Dayoff(A) 14-12 in OT
275 James Riggins(A) pinned Kurt Monington(FH) 3:46

Junior Varsity Matches

Bucky Hardman(FH) won by Default over Chris Klepitch(A)
Shawn Snabley(A) pinned Tom Fell(FH) 3:21
Dave Dayoff(A) pinned Josh Tart(FH) 4:57
Jeff Imes(FH) pinned Chris Klepitch(A)
Jason Oates(FH) pinned Shawn Snabley(A) 2:47

WRESTLER OF THE WEEK(12/31/00-1/6/01) is Justin D'Atri !
With strong performances all week, Justin D'Atri is the first wrestler of the year with "Wrestler of the Week" honors. Justin has really come on strong since the TR Davis Tournament and really stepped up this week in particular. He started out the week by pinning Brandon Nigh of South Hagerstown in 1:22. Then he finished the week off by pinning Jimmy Main of Allegany in :26 and then by decisioning Dustin Kimble of Frankfort 10-0. His record now stands at 4-1.

Fort Hill Splits at Frankfort to Move to 3-2
The Fort Hill Wrestlers defeated cross-town rival Allegany 67-12 and lost to cross-state rival Frankfort 49-22. It was a night with mixed results and feelings that ended a very trying week.

The team has been fighting a virus or flu that seems to be hitting just about everyone(including the Coaches). Senior Adam Fell made weight in the morning but was sidelined with illness along with other members of the team. We only hope that we can get over this soon.

On late Thursday night, we found out that West Virginia did not get the 2 Pound allowance that we have had since Jan. 1st until Jan. 15th. Due to this most wrestlers were experiencing weight problems that caused a major shift in our lineup in the lighter weight classes.

I know, I know-----I'm complaining but I really think that it is time that everyone starts obeying the same rules. The powers to be in Charleston and Annapolis need to get on the same page and make it easier to travel across state lines without major rule changes. We know have conflicting stalling rules, weight classes, scheduling rules, and now the 2 pound growth allowance to name a few. Next will might have to wear mouth guards to wrestle in WV.

I'm not taking anything away from a really well prepared Frankfort team that dominated us from 119-145. They looked great and I congratulate them.

Little Sentinels All Win!!
The three Little Sentinels all won their matches on Saturday night before the Varsity matches. Sixth Graders Zach Huffman, Sean Bennett, and Justin Nichols decisioned their Frankfort Mat Club opponets and proved to everyone that all of their hard work is really paying off! Justin Nichols and Zach Huffman have started the season with a 1-0 record. Nathan Bennett now has a 2-0 record! Great job guys and keep up the great work!

How To Care For Your New Uniform
Always wash uniforms - never dry clean them. Dry cleaning can discolor your uniforms and damage the screen-printing.

For best results, launder uniforms immediately after each wearing. Uniforms that cannot be cleaned promptly should be hung individually on wooden or plastic hangers. Metal hangers will leave rust marks. ALWAYS WASH SEPARATELY! DO NOT WASH IN HOT WATER - ALWAYS USE COLD!

For best results in drying, hang on plastic or wooden hangers and let hang dry. If dryer is used, set for AIR ONLY and turn uniform inside-out. NO HEAT!

Please make every effort to take care of these uniforms! We need them to last awhile!

Fort Hill Pins South Hagerstown To Improve to 2-1
Senior Captain Cody Mackie pins again!
The Fort Hill Sentinel Wrestling Team came up with a total team effort to down South Hagerstown 50-18 and improve their team record to 2-1. They were led by Senior Captains Cody Mackie, Denny Burke, and Kurt Monington who all recorded pins. Senior Justin DAtri also pinned his opponent! Senior Adam Fell and Sophomore Captain Austin Williams decisioned their opponents. Making weight and receiving forfeits for Fort Hill was Junior Roy Payne, Freshman Jesse Lambert, and Sophomore Nathan Bennett. See the complete results on the schedule page.

Sentinel JVs Dominate South Hagerstown JVs!
Our JV Wrestlers proved that the future for Fort Hill Wrestling is a bright one with a dominating performance against South Hagerstown. They won 4 of 5 matches with pins. All of them were looking very good! Junior James Summers, Sophomore Michael Divelbiss, Sophomore Brandon Wigfield, and Freshman Kenny Squires all won.

Fort Hill Runners-Up at 2000 TR Davis Memorial Tornament
With it's best showing in years, the Sentinels took 2nd Place out of 11 teams at the 2000 TR Davis Memorial Tournament at Beall High School. Meyersdale High School was the only team to top the Sentinels.

Junior Roy Payne pinned Jonathan Guth from University in 5:04 to win the 103lbs Championship. Roy looked great all day and was really never challenged. He is really eager to avenge his only loss of the season to Nathan Jackson of Beall, who could only manage a forth place finnish.

For the 125lbs Championship, Senior Jason Hillegas pinned Josh Kennell of Meyersdale in 4:40. This should help Jason to return to the Maryland State Tournament again this year!

We had two second place finnishers as well. Seniors Jason Riggleman finnished second at 130lbs and Kurt Monington finnished second in the 275lb weight class.

To take second in the team results, Fort Hill needed some more help though. That help came with good perfomances from the entire team! Senior Cody Mackie in the 160lb class, Sophmore Austin Williams in the 189lb class, and Junior James Summers in the 215lb class finnished third respectively. Senior Adam Fell took fourth place in the 119lb weight class. Others recording wins for team points were Senior Jason MaBee at 112lbs, Senior Vinny Imbesi at 145lbs, Senior Denny Burke at 152lbs, and Senior David Smith at 160lbs.

The team scores were as follows:

1st - Meyersdale(PA) 185.5
2nd - FORT HILL 140.5
3rd - Beall 129
4th - Uniontown(PA) 93
5th - Model(DC) 85
6th - St. James 85
7th - Westmar 58
8th - WaHama(WV) 56
9th - James Buchanan(PA) 54
10th - Allegany 46
11th - Boonsboro 33

Senior Denny Burke Wraps Up His Opponent
Team Chooses 2000-2001 Captains
The Team Captains for the 2000-2001 Wrestling Season is Cody Mackie, Kurt Monington, Denny Burke, and Austin Williams. They were selected by the team by vote. We hope that you will lead the Fort Hill Wrestling Team to another great year!

Petersburg/Allegany Match Rescheduled For Jan. 30th!
The Fort Hill wrestling matches with Petersburg and Allegany have been rescheduled to Tuesday Jan. 30th at 7:00PM.

Dec. 19th Triangular Canceled Due to Weather!
The match against Petersburg and Allegany at Fort Hill is postponed to a later date due to the weather!