This news may be a bit scary for North Carroll wrestlin opponents.
Panthers coach Dick Bauerlein said last night his team is more advanced at this stage of the season than it has been in a storied past that includes three second-place finishes in the state championships.
"I'm surprised at how well we're doing so soon in the season," said Bauerlein. "We're putting chain moves together already, and that's unusual."
Sixth-ranked North Carroll roared past Bel Air, 57-9, last night in Hampstead in only its second outing.
The Panthers opened the season last weekend by winning an eight-team Meade Invitational by a 204-165 margin over second-place Lackey High of Indian Head.
"I don't know why we're so far ahead of schedule," said Bauerlein. "Maybe it's because we have less wrestlers [around 50, compared with 70], and that's gives the guys more time to work."
North Carroll lost only two matches last night, both by wrestlers competing in their first varsity bouts.
Bryan Gunning was called up from junior varsity yesterday to replace Gene Phillips at 119 pounds, and Joe Torsella came up from JV to wrestle at 189 for Billy Beltz.
Phillips has an upper-respiratory infection, and Beltz is out for three to four days with nasal bleeding.
Torsella was involved in the most exciting bout of the night, hooked up in a 7-7 draw with Bel Air's Jeremiah Bowling entering the final seconds of the third round.
Bowling scored three quick points to one for Torsella in the final seconds to take an 11-8 decision.
Gunning, who usually wrestles at 112, was pinned by Bel Air's Matt Carlsen at 3:27 of their bout.
However, there was no stopping North Carroll's marquee
Defending state 2A-1A 103-pound champion Jeremy Myers needed only 1:09 to pin the Bobcats' Frank Jones at 112 pounds.
Junior Doug Dell, who is replacing Myers at 103, started off the match by pinning Bel Air's Ryan Zimmerman in just 49 seconds.
Other Panthers who who recorded pins were freshman Tommy Kiler (125) and senior Andy Kiler (130).