North Carroll, F. S. Key keep rolling Showdown looms in February Wrestling notebook

January 11, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Francis Scott Key and North Carroll keep rolling along toward their Feb. 3 showdown.

"That will be a great match," said Francis Scott Key coach Bill Hyson, whose No. 6 Eagles (6-0) plowed over then-No. 15 Westminster, 49-12, Saturday. "We have some more to worry about before then, but there's no doubt our kids are thinking about it."

In the Maryland State Wrestling Association's top 10 team standings, the Panthers are tied for third place with McDonough of Charles County. DeMatha nudged out Francis Scott Key for the final spot.

North Carroll, ranked No. 3 by The Baltimore Sun, is 5-0 with five unbeaten wrestlers. They are Doug Dell (103), Jeremy Myers (112), Tom Kiler (125) and Chris Boog (171) -- each of whom is 11-0 -- and Andy Kiler, who is 10-0.

The Panthers' Eric Hott (145) is 10-1, Dan Robinson (140) is 9-2, and Saidrick Lewis (152) and heavyweight Rick White are both 8-3. Others with winning records are Corey Rill (135, 8-4), Shawn Utz (160, 6-5) and J. T. Torsella (189, 5-3).

The Eagles have county champions Randy Owings (130, 13-1) and Ed Null (160, 14-1), with Steve Lessard (119, 11-2) and the other county champion, Chris Beale (135, 12-2), Zak Yinger (140, 10-2) and Christian Hochberg (171, 6-2).

Jason Hooper (103) is 9-3, Dale Bloom (189) is 10-3, and Josh Bonnette (145) and Jamie DeGroft (152) are both 10-4. Heavyweight Mark Smith is 10-5.

One of the most competitive bouts in Westminster-Key match came at 140 pounds, with Yinger against Westminster's Brad Shisler. Shisler led most of the bout before Yinger scored three points in the final three seconds to win a 9-6 decision.

"Things just didn't fall right for us," Westminster coach Solomon Carr said. "The middle weight classes hurt us. We were expecting a win at 125, but didn't get it. In all, we thought we could win seven matches but we only got four."

In a tri-meet with Chopticon and Liberty, Howard County's defending dual-meet champion Hammond exacted its revenge on Liberty for an earlier loss Saturday, thumping the Lions (3-4), 49-13.

The only double-winners for the Lions were Phil Youssi (140) and Mike Durgin (160). Youssi, who placed third at the recent Francis Scott Key Invitational, pinned Chopticon's Brian Capps in 2:54 of an eventual 56-17 loss, and planted Hammond's Bill Dakis in 2:51.

Youssi improved to 9-2 on the year.

Durgin (6-4) routed Chopticon's Clarke Guy, 17-2, but struggled in an 8-6 victory over the Golden Bears' Brian Traintafillos.

Two county players -- North Carroll's Kiler (130, sixth) and Westminster's Neal Brennan (145, fifth) -- are in the newest MSWA rankings.

Northeast's wrestling team is ranked No. 4 in The Baltimore Sun poll, and has climbed to the No. 7 spot in the MSWA's top 10 rankings.

The squad's three seniors are county runner-up and regional champion, Al Grunder (160, 10-3), county runner-up Bill Katzenberger (152, 5-0) and Jeremy Funk (171, 6-0).

Sophomore Kusick twins, Marty (112) and Mike (119) are both 13-0. The other sophomores are Ron Katzenberger (140, 10-4) and heavyweight Dan Defenbaugh, a 260-pounder whose 4-7 record should improve.

The juniors are Steve Smiddy (130, 11-2), Matt Jewer (135, 11-4), Jason Grunder (145, 11-3) and Ken Fowler (189, 9-4). Two freshmen have been contributing heavily, as Dale Bowers (103, 12-2) has nine pins, and Chris Morrow (125, 10-4) has seven pins.

Just try, if you can, to figure out No. 13 Chesapeake's heavyweight, Chuck McConnell.

Last Thursday, with the match on the line against No. 10 Arundel's 225-pound John Noon (13-0, nine pins), the senior blew a 7-3 lead in the bout's final 40 seconds before being pinned in 5:53.

Chesapeake lost, 34-27.

In the title bout of the Aberdeen tournament just two days later, McConnell faced a more experienced, 274-pound Aaron Wanless the host team. Wanless, a former county champion, pinned his way to a 12-0 record to reach the final, while McConnell won a decision.

Yet McConnell (13-4) won an impressive 12-4 decision over Wanless. Instead of fading in the closing moments, McConnell scored a four-point takedown with barely 17 seconds remaining, hoisting Wanless from the mat in a bear hug and tossing him to his back.

Top 15

1. Mount St. Joseph (1-0) 105

2. Old Mill (3-0) 98

3. North Carroll (5-0) 89

4. Northeast (9-0) 77

5. Boys' Latin (3-0) 67

6. Francis Scott Key (6-0) 66

7. Owings Mills (5-0) 64

tie. Randallstown (6-0) 64

9. Gilman (3-1) 55

10. Arundel (4-2) 32

11. Dundalk (5-0) 30

12. Aberdeen (3-1) 29

13. Chesapeake-AA (2-4) 28

14. Wilde Lake (5-0) 11

15. Hammond (4-1) 08

Other teams receiving votes, with record and points in parentheses: Overlea (4-1, 2), EVT (3-2, 1), South Carroll (7-2, 1), Dulaney (4-2, 1).

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