Owls sitting pretty with 8 seniors Westminster HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING PREVIEW

December 06, 1992|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

With a solid lineup of experienced returnees, Westminster wrestling coach Solomon Carr says the Owls have a chance for a big season.

The Owls have eight seniors returning, led by Neil Brennan (152 pounds), Brad Schisler (140) and Fred Thompson (125).

All three reached the state tournament last season, with Brennan coming away with two wins before being eliminated.

"[Brennan's] mental toughness has come a long way," Carr said. "It's to the point now where he just knows he's going to win. That kind of confidence is what makes him so strong."

Carr is expecting even bigger things this year from the trio, which will play a major role in the team's overall success.

Westminster looks pretty solid from the 103-pound class to 152.

Carr expects better-than .500 season from sophomore Matt Warner, who will step in at 103.

"He weighed between 88 and 90 pounds last season and just wasn't strong enough to compete at 103. This year, he has added the weight and is ready to go," Carr said.

Sophomore Donnie Smith is up from junior varsity and likely will start at 112. Carr is looking for a great season from senior Bill Hovermale (119).

The senior leadership comes in the middle weights with Greg Dilman (130), Justin Shewell (135) and Lewis Smith (145) joining the three state qualifiers.

Carr is particularly high on Shewell, who missed last season with a knee injury.

"He's a great wrestler and we really missed him in the lineup last year," Carr said. "He had major reconstructive knee surgery and is almost back where he needs to be. He's really worked hard in getting back healthy."

The questions in the Westminster lineup start coming after Brennan at 152. Carr is hoping to find some sleepers to step up and provide some wins.

Likely candidates are sophomore Skip Ferris (160), coming off a strong junior varsity season, and juniors Dennis Jennings and Art Jenni at 171.

The Owls will find out fast with a tough early schedule.

They opened this weekend in the highly competitive Annapolis Tournament and then take on Owings Mills (two-time defending Class 2A-1A state champs) on Tuesday.

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