Key manhandles Liberty Eagles' fast start sparks 63-6 win

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December 10, 1992|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

The Francis Scott Key wrestling team made Liberty first-yea coach Jeff Hash's county debut one he would rather forget.

The homestanding Eagles jumped to a 15-0 lead after three matches and rolled to a 63-6 win over Liberty.

Francis Scott Key coach Bill Hyson's wrestlers got eight pins, and Jamie Degroft's major decision of Jason Kramer at 152 pounds clinched it at 39-6.

"It's been a busy week," said Hyson, whose squad competed in the Annapolis Tournament over the weekend before defeating Catoctin on Monday.

"It was important for us to make a good showing with this being the first county match, and I thought the kids looked extremely sharp."

Freshman Jason Hooper (103 pounds) started things off by pinning Anthony Omelio at the 3:31 mark to give Key a 6-0 lead. Fellow freshman Tony Cahoon (112) wasted little time matching Hooper's effort against Liberty's Brandon Wagner, coming away with a pin in 50 seconds.

That's pretty much how the rest of the night went, as the Eagles xTC (2-0) did a great job finishing.

The only bright spot for the Lions (1-1) was Darnell Brockington (125), who pinned Key's Matt Griffin.

"I was very impressed with Darnell tonight," Hash said. "He had an opportunity and took full advantage of it, getting the guy on his back and putting him down."

Hash was equally impressed with the Key squad.

"The bottom line was they were the tougher team tonight," Hash said. "My kids were coming off the big win against Hammond Monday and we were looking to try to carry the momentum into tonight, but Key didn't allow us -- they're an outstanding team."

Also getting pins for Key were Randy Owings (130), Chris Beale (140), Christian Hochberg (160), Ed Null (171), Dale Bloom (189) and Mark Smith (heavyweight).

L "I thought we were fundamentally sound tonight," Hyson said.

"Monday, we looked a little fatigued, which is only natural after the weekend tournament, but tonight I thought we were much fresher, maybe because it was our first county match."

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