Panthers again expected to make run at state title HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING PREVIEW

December 06, 1992|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Coach Dick Bauerlein's high school wrestling machine has run over almost everybody in the past 17 years.

And now the North Carroll Panthers are ready to roll again this season, as they continue to search for the only jewel -- a state championship -- that has escaped them. They have finished second three times.

"We've had bad breaks in the states," said Bauerlein. "One year we had a wrestler disqualified because of a slam, and another time a knee injury to one of our wrestlers probably cost us the championship."

The Bauerlein numbers are most impressive: a 205-20 dual-meet record in 17 seasons, a top-five finish in the state tournament the past nine years, seven regional titles and six straight county championships.

Nothing seems to stop Bauerlein and the Panthers.

They lost 10 wrestlers before last season but still roared through the county and regional competition.

This season, Bauerlein has to replace eight wrestlers from a 13-1 team that lost only to Old Mill in the regular season and finished third in the state Class 2A-1A tournament.

Some might say the Panthers are winning because of the small 2A-1A classification.

Not true.

North Carroll took home six 4A-3A regional titles before dropping down to 2A-1A.

The top attraction this season for the Panthers is defending state Class 2A-1A 103-pound champion Jeremy Myers.

Myers, a senior, moves up to the 112-pound category after a 30-1 record at 103 last season.

Bauerlein said Myers could be considered the top 103-pound wrestler in the state last season, regardless of classification.

"Jeremy beat the 4A-3A champion [Frederick's Tim Novak] twice and the 4A-3A finalist [Eastern Vo-Tech's Wayne Gast] once last season," said Bauerlein.

Myers will be replaced at 103 this season by junior Doug Dell who comes from a successful North Carroll wrestling family.

Dell's brother, Tommy, is wrestling in the 134-pound class at the University of Maryland.

Doug Dell has been a standout through state junior league competition and is expected to win a lot of bouts.

In addition to Myers and Dell, the Panthers should receive strong efforts this season from junior football star Chris Boog (171), junior Saidrick Lewis (152), senior Andy Kiler (135) and freshman Tommy Kiler (130) who won a state juniors title last season.

0 Boog had a 21-8 record last season, was first in the county and fifth in the region.

Lewis moves up to 152 after going 17-13 last season in 145 and finishing fourth in the regionals.

Andy Kiler had a 23-7-2 record last season.

"We have some holes to fill," said Bauerlein. "But we had 65 to 70 kids out this season and that helps a lot. Since I teach phys ed at North Carroll that gives me an excellent opportunity to start recruiting along with my colleagues in the ninth grade.

"There was a time when we might have had only 30 to 35 people in the stands for a wrestling match here but now we've had overflow crowds, with people standing three and four deep into the lobby to watch us wrestle Westminster."

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