F.S. Key's improvement a secret no more Young Eagles impressed in Annapolis tournament

December 07, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Francis Scott Key wrestling coach Bill Hyson had hoped to keep the lid on his team's improvement for a little while, but now he thinks that may be impossible.

When the Annapolis tournament ended late Saturday night, his youth Wrestling ful squad had finished a respectable seventh with 108.5 points -- one spot ahead of Baltimore County champion Randallstown, ranked No. 3 in The Baltimore Sun's preseason poll (the Eagles were No. 9).

And throughout much of the tournament, his club led four-time 4A-3A state champion Old Mill, the eventual fifth-place finisher with 117.5 points and ranked No. 2 in the area.

The Eagles watched sophomore def- ending county champion Randy Owings (130) pin his first two opponents in the first period before beating Randallstown's Brandon Grodnitzky, 4-0.

Owings, who was third a year ago, lost his title bout by 9-3 to defending champion Craig Middledorf of Paint Branch, the Maryland State Wrestling Association's top-ranked wrestler and a two-time state champion.

County champion Ed Null (171) dropped a decision to Riverdale Baptist's unbeaten and eventual champion Greg David, before finishing third for the second straight year, and Dale Bloom (189) finished fourth.

Josh Bonnette (145) did not place, but earned an 8-6 victory over Bullis' sixth-ranked Tom Horwat. Steve Lessard (119) didn't place either, but battled tough against fourth-ranked senior Charlie Bennett of Broadneck, who was a 4A-3A state champion as a sophomore and won a regional crown before finishing third in last year's state tournament.

Zac Yinger (140) went 2-2 with two pins, including one in just 45 seconds, and dropped a 7-6 consolation quarterfinal decision to Old Mill senior Ken Seavey, who was third in Anne Arundel County last year.

"Overall, I'm very pleased with the way we wrestled. In the five years we've gone to Annapolis, this is the most individual place winners we've had," said Hyson. "We could have finished a few things off a little better, but the whole purpose for going is to set us up for later in the season."

That means a rematch with their sixth-ranked county rival North Carroll Panthers, coached by Hyson's personal friend, Dick Bauerlein.

DTC The Eagles, 12-1-1 last year, suffered their only defeat, 50-15, at the hands of the Panthers at Francis Scott Key. The Eagles haven't beaten the Panthers since ending their 48-match winning streak, 33-22, three years ago.

Westminster's Neal Brennan (145) finished fourth for his team at the Annapolis tourna ment.

Brennan reached the semifinals, where he was pinned by Mount St. Joseph's top-ranked Shane McCarthy, the eventual runner-up.

He later won a decision over Randallstown's Javin Rudolph, who had earlier pinned Bullis' Horwat, before succumbing to Howard County's three-time champion Adam Seidman in the consolation final.

North Carroll (204 points) had little trouble in winning its second straight Meade tournament crown.

The Panthers had nine finalists and six individual champions: top-ranked Jeremy Myers (112), Doug Dell (103, three pins), Tom Kiler (125), Andy Kiler (130), Eric Hott (145) and Chris Boog (171).

"I'm very pleased with the way our kids wrestled," said 18-year coach Bauerlein, who also had runners-up in Dan Robinson (140), Saidrick Lewis (152) and Shawn Utz.

Howard County's dual-meet wrestling champion Hammond used 12 pins to power past its season-opening tri-meet opponents Glenelg, 58-15, and South Carroll, 40-19, Friday. Eight of the Bears (2-0) 13 wrestlers were double winners, with regional champion Pat Brennan (189), Erin Woodward (145) and Brian Law (125) each pinning both of their opponents.

Defending county champion Mac Goudy (171), Relly Evans (103), John Motley (135) and Josh Stokes (152) also won twice.

"I felt that South Carroll would be very strong because they beat Glenelg, 63-8," said Hammond coach Bill Smith. "But our kids

just stepped right up and I'm really pleased."

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