Fort Hill HS Wrestling: 2004-2005 Season


Fort Hill  - 57     Frankfort - 21
135 Josh Ours(F) pinned Steve Hood(FH) 1:31
140 Andrew Smith(FH) pinned Scott Myers(F) :48
145 Jake Twigg(F) won by forfeit
152 Zach Huffman(FH) pinned Grant Shoemaker(F) :36
160 Blake Hill(FH) pinned Eric Peer(F) 2:42
171 Justin Sirbaugh(FH) pinned Wes Persing(F) :59
189 Nathan Barnes(FH) pinned Jordan Hayes(F) :32
215 Dakota Fender(FH) pinned Steve Twigg(F) 1:06
275 Michael Yost(FH) pinned Greg Foley(F) 1:05
103 Cody Feaster(F) pinned Nathan Bobo(FH) 1:41
112 Brad Martin(FH) won by forfeit
119 Justin Nichols(FH) pinned Jordan Simpson(F) :53
125 Shawn Bennett(FH) dec. Ben Snoberger(F) 2-0
130 Aaron Snowberger(F) dec. Jake Merritt(FH) 9-4

2005 Fort Hill Super Dual Meet Tournament Results

The Tommy Diehl Award Winner is Justin Sirbaugh!
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Four-year wrestler, Justin Sirbaugh, became the 2005 winner of the “Tommy Diehl Award” last night at the Fort Hill Athletic Awards Dinner that was held at the Ali Ghan Shrine Club. The “Tommy Diehl Award” is given annually to the most outstanding Junior/Senior wrestler at Fort Hill High School. It was the perfect way to complete his high school wrestling career at Fort Hill and a tribute to all the hard work he has put into this team!

Justin started his career on the Junior Varsity Team as a freshman and ended last night at the awards dinner by winning this award. He came to his first practice knowing nothing about wrestling but brought the courage and heart to not only stick it out but to eventually become one of the area’s most outstanding wrestlers. He finished his 2-year varsity career with a 46-17 Varsity record in the 160lb and 171lb weight classes. In those two years, Justin’s accomplishments include being voted a Team Captain twice, making the 1A/2A West Regions twice, 2004 MSWA Pre-season Tournament Champion, 2004 TR Davis Memorial Champion, took 2nd and 3rd respectively at the Fort Hill Super Duals, he took 2nd in the 2004 CVAL Tournament, 2nd in the 2005 Bi-county Tournament, and was the 2005 Gatorade’s Most Valuable Player. Also, his leadership was a direct impact on a team that had 33 wins and only 16 losses in dual meets during his two years as a Team Captain.

“It truly was an honor coaching Justin the last four years!” Coach Nichols stated. “He started out like most freshman do at Fort Hill, not knowing much about wrestling, and he brought his heart and determination to the mat room and learned the sport. He should be an inspiration to anyone that might think about wrestling but not know much about the sport. Justin will be truly missed but he’s left behind a great legacy for other Fort Hill Wrestlers to follow. He’s become a fine young man.”

Justin plans on continuing his success in life. He’s planning to attend Frostburg State University in the fall on a full Academic Scholarship. Justin will continue his wrestling career on FSU’s Club team and take his first coaching position with the Fort Hill mat Club.


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Campers Fall to Sentinels at Home!
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In a match showcased in front of their student body, the Fort Hill Wrestling Team wrestled to a 48-30 win over, cross-town rivals, Allegany. The match started at the 135lb weight class. Winning by pin for the Sentinels was Ben Anastasio (10), Justin Nichols (10), Shawn Bennett (10), Justin Sirbaugh (12), Dakota Fender (11), and Michael Yost (11). Zach Huffman (10), and Blake Hill (12) received forfeits. Complete results:

Fort Hill - 48
Allegany - 30

135 Devin Brown(A) pinned Steve Hood(FH) 3:33
140 Double Forfeit
145 Garrett Christ(A) pinned Andrew Smith(FH) 3:12
152 Garrett Ketterman(A) pinned Francis Lisanti(FH) 1:34
160 Zach Huffman(FH) won by forfeit
171 Blake Hill(FH) won by Forfeit
189 Justin Sirbaugh(FH) pinned Derek Lewis(A) 1:40
215 Dakota Fender(FH) pinned Eddie Davis(A) 3:11
275 Michael Yost(FH) pinned John Hawkins(A) :44
103 Ben Annastasio(FH) pinned Eric Weaver(A) 5:58
112 Austin Parsons(A) pinned Brad Martin(FH) 1:01
119 Justin Nichols(FH) pinned Trent Dorsey(A) 1:22
125 Shawn Bennett(FH) pinned Caleb Browning(A) 2:17
130 Ben Boswell(A) pinned Jake Merritt(FH) 1:23

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Freshman Jake Merritt Winning THE Pivotal Match of the Night!

Wednesday, December 22
Vikings Come Up Short Against Sentinels!
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Sophomore Nathan Barnes with an important win!
With solid performances by Freshman Jake Merritt and Sophomore Nathan Barnes, the Sentinels came away from Petersburg with a hard fought 47-28 win against the Vikings. Zach Huffman (10) extended his unbeaten streak to ten with a 37-second pin against Petersburg’s L. Berg. Justin Nichols (10) and Justin Sirbaugh (12) both improved their records to 9-1. Others winning for Fort Hill was Nathan Bobo (9), Brad Martin (10), Blake Hill (12), and Dakota Fender (11). Complete results: 119 Justin Nichols(FH) pinned Drew Mongold(P) 4:21 125 Jonathan Geary(P) pinned Tyler Murphy(FH) :12 130 Wolford(P) dec. Shawn Bennett(FH) 8-2 135 Jake Merritt(FH) pinned R. Coakley(P)5:48 140 M. Pouch(P) pinned Steve Hood(FH) :30 145 C. Western(P) pinned Damon Conner(FH) :34 152 Zach Huffman(FH) pinned L. Berg(P) :37 160 Blake Hill(FH) pinned D. Alt(P) :50 171 Justin Sirbaugh(FH) dec. Worth Harper(P) 7-4 189 Nathan Barnes(FH) dec. C. Hederick(P) 12-3 215 Dakota Fender(FH) pinned C. Hederick(P) 4:58 275 ZAck Poland(P) pinned Michael Yost(FH):53 103 Nathan Bobo(FH) won by forfeit 112 Brad Martin(FH) dec. Steven Geatz(P) 10-0

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Justin Nichols Getting the 1st Period Pin!
Tuesday, December 21
Fort Hill Splits Tri-match!
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Huffman remaining undefeated!
The Sentinel Wrestling Team split a triangular match with Frankfort and Smithsburg to move their record to 4-2. Smithsburg started the night with a 53-24 win over Fort Hill and then the Sentinels came back to defeat Frankfort 63-18. Ben Annastasio (10), Justin Nichols (10), Zach Huffman (10), Justin Sirbaugh (12), and Michael Yost (11) went 2-0 on the night. Complete results are below: Smithsburg – 53 Fort Hill – 24 130 Jon Gauses (S) pinned Jake Merritt(FH) 3:15 135 Derek Qullin(S) pinned Steve Hood(FH) 1:00 140 Brandon Knight(S) won by Forfeit 145 Chris DeJesus(S) pinned Junior Blake(FH) 2:11 152 Zach Huffman(FH) dec. Josh Hovermale(S) 14-2 160 Jeff Speicher(S) tech falled Blake Hill(FH) 15-0 171 Justin Sirbaugh(FH) dec. Jeremy Harbaugh 6-3 189 Nate Hayes(S) pinned Nathan Barnes(FH) :31 215 Mike Rinebolt(S) pinned Dakota Fender(FH) 1:29 275 Michael Yost(FH) pinned Hantiford(S) :13 103 Ben Annastasio(FH) pinned Puffinberger(S) :47 112 Reilly(S) pinned Brad Martin(FH) 3:57 119 Justin Nichols(FH) pinned Logan Moss(S) 1:27 125 Wes MeKennon(S) pinned Shawn Bennett(FH) :5 Fort Hill – 63 Frankfort – 18 130 Aaron Snowberger (F) pinned Shawn Bennett (FH) 5:36 135 Jake Merritt(FH) pinned Scott Meyers(F)3:46 140 Josh Ours(F) pinned Steve Hood(FH) 1:31 145 Jake Twigg(F) pinned Junior Blake(FH) 2:00 152 Zach Huffman(FH) pinned Grant Shoemaker(F) 1:48 160 Blake Hill(FH) pinned Eric Peer(F) :41 171 Justin Sirbaugh(FH) pinned Wes Persing(F) :40 189 Nathan Barnes(FH) won by forfeit 215 Dakota Fender(FH) pinned Steve Twigg(F) :28 275 Michael Yost(FH) pinned Greg Foley(F) 1:59 103 Ben Annastasio(FH) pinned Cody Feaster(F) 1:20 112 Brad Martin(FH) won by forfeit 119 Tyler Murphy(FH) won by forfeit 125 Justin Nichols(FH) dec. Ben Snoberger(F) 9-2

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Justin Sirbaugh wiining again!

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Zach Huffman - 152lb Champion!
Sentinels Wrestle to Fourth Place Finish!
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Justin Sirbaugh - 171lb Champion
By placing in 8 weight classes, the Fort Hill Wrestling Team captured a 4th place finish at Beall HS this weekend. Team Captains Zach Huffman (10) and Justin Sirbaugh (12) lead the team by winning the 152lb and 171lb classes respectively. Michael Yost (11) and Justin Nichols (10) also had solid performances by placing 2nd in the 275lb and 119lb classes. Dakota Fender (11) took 3rd place in the 215lb class while Shawn Bennett (10) in the 125lb class, Blake Hill (12) in the 160lb class, and Ben Annastasio (10) in the 103lb class ended up in the 4th spots.

Zach Huffman recorded his first ever TR Davis Memorial Championship. He started the day by winning over Allegany’s Adam Fadley by an injury default. Then, what could have been billed as the finals match, Zach showed his quickness on his feet by scoring a 14-8 decision over Jason King of Uniontown (PA). Zach then totally dominated his finals match by pinning Calvin Cook of Camden, SC in 1:12. He looked very strong in every match that he had wrestled during the tournament.

Justin Sirbaugh, also, captured his first ever TR Davis Memorial Tournament Championship after injuring his ankle Thursday evening at practice. He started his tournament by pinning Philip Price of AC Flora, SC in 1:40. Then he pulled of a stunning 50 second pin of up and coming Justin Blubaugh of Westmar. In the finals match, Justin’s best match of the night, he gave Carver VoTech’s Roderick Holmes his only second loss of the year in an 8-4 decision.

Overall, you had to be happy with the team’s performance. They are very young and are improving with each passing practice.

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2nd Place Finisher Justin Nichols and Michael Yost.

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This Weeks Outstanding Wrestler - Ben Annastasio!
Congratulations to Sophomore Ben Annastasio for being this week’s “Outstanding Wrestler”! This award is given to the wrestler that displays hard work, determination, and success both on the mat and in the practice room. Ben is the varsity 103lb wrestler.

It was a very close call between Ben Annastasio, Justin Nichols, Zach Huffman, and Michael Yost! It could have really gone to any of the four because they all had outstanding week. All four wrestlers went 3-0 for the week and worked exceptionally hard in practice. However, Ben just edged out the others by getting three straight pins. Congratulations and keep up the hard work!

Fort Hill Opens with Two Wins!
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The Sentinel Wrestling Team overcame the first match jitters to open the 2004-2005 season with dual meet wins over Allegany and Westmar. They defeated Westmar 48-30 and then Allegany 54-30. Going 2-0 on the night for the Sentinels was Ben Annastasio (10), Justin Nichols (10), Shawn Bennett (10), Tyler Reed (11), Zach Huffman (10), Justin Sirbaugh (12), Dakota Fender (11), and Michael Yost (11).

Senior Blake Hill and Sophomore Ben Annastasio both scored their first varsity wins. Blake pinned Allegany’s Garrett Ketterman in 36 seconds for his first career win. Ben started off an impressive night by pinning Westmar’s Matt High in 3:05 for his first victory. Annastasio also had the quickest pin of the night, 17 seconds, over his Allegany opponent.

Freshman James Booth looked promising for the future. James won his first Junior Varsity match of the season against an Allegany opponent.

Complete Results:

Fort Hill: 48
Westmar: 30
215 Dakota Fender (FH) pinned Chris Skokey (W) 3:38
275 Michael Yost (FH) won by Forfeit
103 Ben Annastasio (FH) pinned Matt High (W) 3:05
112 Brad Martin (FH) won by Forfeit
119 Justin Nichols (FH) pinned Mike Buskirk (W) 1:34
125 Shawn Bennett (FH) pinned Jake Taylor (W): 32
130 Scott Broadwater (W) pinned Jake Merritt (FH): 54
135 Jesse Green (W) pinned Steve Hood (FH) 1:48
140 Tyler Reed (FH) dec. Brandon Kyle (W) 6-2
145 Double Forfeit
152 Zach Huffman (FH) won by Forfeit
160 Matt Marchinke(W) pinned Blake Hill(FH) 4:47
171 Justin Sirbaugh(FH) dec. Justin Blubaugh(W) 8-5
189 John Kephart(W) pinned Nathan Barnes(FH) 1:22

Fort Hill: 54
Allegany: 30
215 Dakota Fender (FH) pinned Eddie Davis (A) 1:57
275 Michael Yost (FH) pinned Dan Pluto (A): 51
103 Ben Annastasio (FH) pinned Eric Weaver (A): 17
112 Austin Parsons (A) pinned Brad Martin (FH) 1:32
119 Justin Nichols (FH) pinned Trent Dorsey (A) 1:55
125 Shawn Bennett (FH) pinned Caleb Browning (A) 1:34
130 Ben Boswell (A) pinned Jake Merritt (FH) 1:00
135 Devin Brown (A) pinned Steve Hood (FH) 1:20
140 Tyler Reed (FH) won by Forfeit
145 Mitchell Supher (A) won by Forfeit
152 Zach Huffman (FH) pinned Adam Fadley(A) 1:29
160 Blake Hill(FH) pinned Garrett Ketterman(A) :36
171 Justin Sirbaugh(FH) pinned Garrett Christ(A) 1:47
189 Derek Lewis(A) pinned Nathan Barnes(FH) :27

Beall Pins Fort Hill
FROSTBURG - Seven Beall wrestlers posted pins as the Mountaineers moved to 2-0 on the season with a 53-21 win over visiting Fort Hill on Thursday.

Recording pins for Beall were Brian Lewis (130), Garret Lewis (135), Jeff Brant (140), Dan Snyder (145), Paul Sagal (160), Elliot Simmons (189) and Cory Wright (112). Kyle Perry (171) and Stephen Whetstone (125) won decisions and Chris Lindeman (215) was a technical fall winner.

Zach Huffman (152), Mike Yost (275) and Ben Anastacio (103) had pin wins for Fort Hill and Justin Nichols (119) won a decision.

Ryan Clark, Logan Stahl, Clinton Durney, Noah DeVore and Pedro Priori all logged pin wins as Beall won the junior varsity match, 30-0.

Beall hosts Northern on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Fort Hill to Open with Westmar/Allegany!

The Sentinel Wrestling Team will open Wednesday at Westmar HS against the Westmar Wildcats and cross-town rival Allegany Campers at 7:00PM. It will be the first test for a very young Sentinel team, which includes just 2 seniors. Returning Captain Justin Sirbaugh and Blake Hill are the only seniors on the team. The Sentinels graduated six starting seniors from last year. The Sentinels have four juniors in Steve Hood, Dakota Fender, Michael Yost, and Tyler Reed.

Young but experienced, the youth program has provided some very strong underclassman. Six sophomores that are returning with experience are Ben Annastasio, Brad Martin, Justin Nichols, Shawn Bennett, Zach Huffman, and Nathan Barnes. Jake Merritt and Kyle Claus are the freshman that rounds out the team.

The Bus will leave Fort Hill at 5:15PM. Weigh-in is at 6:00PM. The match will start at 7:00PM.

Please come out and support your team!!! The kids have been working hard and need your support. Directions to Westmar can be obtained by clicking on the compass below.

2004-2005 Team Captains
Shawn Bennett, Justin Sirbaugh, Zach Huffman, & Justin Nichols

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2004-2005 Wrestling Team Captains Chosen - Well kind of!
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The votes are in and it was a close election. Certainly, it was the closest election in recent memory. Each member of the team votes for four varsity wrestlers. Then the top four vote winners are captains for that year. Three captains were elected outright while there was a tie for the fourth and final spot. Sophomore Zach Huffman was the top vote winner. Senior Justin Sirbaugh was second and Sophomore Justin Nichols was third.

For the first time, there will be a runoff vote at Monday’s practice for the fourth and final spot. Junior Tyler Reed and Sophomore Shawn Bennett were tied in the voting. Each wrestler will vote for one of these two wrestlers on Monday. The winner of Monday’s vote will be the final Captain with the loser becoming the alternate.

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Justin Sirbaugh Wins MSWA Fall Open!
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Fort Hill Wrestler Justin Sirbaugh won the 2004 Maryland State Wrestling Association's Fall Open at River Hill HS. Currently a returning senior, Justin wrestled in the 189lb Class for his tournament win.

Although it's an out of season tournament, it's a great way to start the season. Congratulations and way to make us proud!

Calvin Coolidge

"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."

Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States

This quote is straight to the point about what it takes to be successful in wrestling! It will always take more than talent and education to be a Champion! Persistence and determination is the key to not just wrestling but in life. These are character traits of a Champion!

You can get yourself ready for the upcoming wrestling season by practicing these traits right now! Try increasing your persistence and determination in your daily life. Use it in the classroom and monitor your results. A lot of times, matches are lost in the mind before the sound of the first whistle!

MPSSAA Changes Regional Qualifing Process
Following are two items from the September 14, 2004 Wrestling Committee Meeting that merit review by schools and wrestling coaches.

1. Minimum Weight Certification

Effective this season, all wrestlers must have a body fat analysis completed in order to certify their minimum wrestling weight class. The body fat analysis must include calculations that determine what the wrestler would weigh if he achieved a 7% level of body fat (12% for females). A wrestler shall not reduce weight to a level that corresponds to less than a 7% level of body fat. A medical doctor must certify the wrestler’s minimum weight, using the body fat analysis as a guide.

The MPSSAA has devised a new Wrestling Minimum Weight Certification Form that must be on file for all wrestlers before they compete in their first match. The form includes an explanation to parents and doctors regarding the body fat analysis, and instructions that the body fat analysis should be used in the determination of a wrestler’s minimum weight class. The doctor must sign and affix his or her seal to the bottom of the weight certification form, indicating what the wrestler’s minimum weight class shall be for the season.

2. Regional Seeding Criteria/Qualification

Upon careful analysis of regional seeding for the 2003-04 season, the committee unanimously concluded that the current point system used for regional seeding is extremely effective, and that there is not a need to increase the number of regional qualifiers. However, the committee also agreed that allowing additional wrestlers into the tournament as “exceptions” is problematic because the criterion for “exceptions” is too vague. As a result, the committee unanimously approved a change in the regional qualification criteria that would allow wrestlers who place in the top 25% of their county, city, or district tournament to automatically qualify for the regional tournament.

The “top 25%” addition would not replace the current point system, but rather, would supplement the current point system. The top eight wrestlers will continue to qualify according to the number of points that they have achieved in the course of the season, including the county, city, or conference tournament. However, if a wrestler has not achieved enough points to qualify among the top eight wrestlers, and he places in the top 25% of his county, city, or conference tournament, he will automatically qualify for a pigtail match in the regional tournament.

In determining 25%, the number of teams in a tournament will be determined by the number of schools/teams that actually enter the tournament, not the number of schools in the county.

The precise number of qualifiers will be as follows:
4-5 Teams 1st place finisher will automatically qualify for regionals
6-9 Teams 1st and 2nd place wrestlers will automatically qualify for regionals
10-13 Teams 1st-through-3rd place wrestlers will automatically qualify for regionals
14-17 Teams 1st-through 4th place wrestlers will automatically qualify for regionals
18-21 Teams 1st-through-5th place wrestlers will automatically qualify for regionals
22-25 Teams 1st-through-6th place wrestlers will automatically qualify for regionals

There will be no other criteria for entry into the Regional Tournament. Coaches, however, will continue to have the opportunity to adjust seeds. Procedures are outlined in the wrestling section of the MPSSAA Winter Bulletin.