N. Carroll's Myers aims for top Wrestler seeks 7th title in 8 years

December 08, 1992|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

North Carroll wrestler Jeremy Myers hopes to add to his collection of state championships this season.

Myers won state titles in recreation wrestling from fifth through ninth grades but came up empty in the state high school tournament in 10th grade. Myers got back on track last season by winning the Class 2A-1A state title at 103 pounds, and he hopes to close his high school career with another state title.

Myers, who will wrestle at 112 pounds this season, won his final 28 matches last season for a 30-1 record and a state championship. His goals for this season: a perfect record and another state title.

"I think I can do it," said Myers, who admitted feeling nervous about this season. "It'll take a lot of work."

And that's something Myers does well. He worked hard -- with the help of weightlifting -- to build his strength. Two years ago, when he first wrestled on the varsity, Myers weighed about 93 pounds, often giving up about 10 pounds to opponents.

He had enrolled in a weightlifting class at North Carroll. It helped some for the 1990-91 season, but it helped much more last season.

NB "Now, he's not giving up the weight," said North Carroll coach

Dick Bauerlein. "The weightlifting did it for him. [Weightlifters] gain strength and they gain confidence."

Bauerlein said Myers, whose brother, Jason, placed in state tournaments for North Carroll, uses a combination of finesse and power for his success. Bauerlein also said he thinks Myers, ranked first in the Maryland State Wrestling Association poll at 112, can win his second straight state title.

"He's got the combination that's necessary," said Bauerlein. "I think he can repeat."

Myers began wrestling in the third grade at about 40 pounds. He was successful in the Manchester Recreation program and began, in the fifth grade, a stretch of five straight state titles.

Myers was too small for junior varsity competition as a ninth-grader at North Carroll. So he went back to Manchester to win his final recreation state title.

Myers was successful in his first varsity season two years ago. Despite often giving up weight, Myers posted a 22-6-1 record. He relied heavily upon finesse for victories.

"It was tough," said Myers. "It kept my confidence down. It was hard to get ready for each match."

Myers made the state tournament. Larry Smith of DuVal, who finished third at 103 pounds, defeated Myers, 7-4, in the first round.

Not winning a state title hit Myers hard.

"I was not used to having a poor season," said Myers. "I just wasn't used to losing that much."

Last year, Myers won his first two matches before losing, 3-1, to Phil Meenan of Arundel. Myers, wrestling again at 103 pounds, went on to win the rest of his matches.

Gaining 10 to 15 pounds and growing three inches to 5 feet 2 helped. That, plus the extra strength, often made him too much to handle.

"It helped a lot for strength," said Myers. "I could tell early."

Myers rolled through the state tournament. He pinned Glenelg's Steve Cho in the first period; blanked Brandon Moore of North Harford, 10-0; defeated Martin Kusick of Northeast, 7-4, and topped Gary Harris of Milford Mill, 5-3, in a tough state final.

"When I saw the seedings for the state [tournament], Mr. Bauerlein and I looked at it and figured I could take the whole thing," said Myers.

And that's what he wants to do this year. Myers works hard, even going with some teammates for extra wrestling lessons with Jack Day on Wednesday nights at North Carroll Middle School.

Myers, a Panthers tri-captain, said he would like to win another state title. Counting recreation wrestling, that would make seven state titles in eight years.

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