N. Carroll pins loss on Key, 31-24

February 04, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

Last night's North Carroll-Francis Scott Key wrestling match was all it was touted to be and then some.

Two of the top teams in the state battled all night for supremacy in Carroll County in front of a packed North Carroll gym. The match wasn't decided until North Carroll junior Chris Boog pinned Key senior Dale Bloom at 189 pounds.

It gave the No. 3 Panthers (10-0, 4-0 in the county) a 31-18 lead, and they took a 31-24 decision over No. 5 Francis Scott Key (9-1, 3-1).

"It was great just being a part of this," said North Carroll coach Dick Bauerlein.

The key match came at 145 pounds, when North Carroll sophomore Eric Hott earned a tight, 4-3 decision win over Josh Bonnette.

A takedown by Bonnette at the buzzer first was awarded and then taken off the board. It turned out to be a six-point turnaround and gave North Carroll a 22-9 lead.

"There was no controversy," said referee Rich Logue. "The whistle blew before the two was given."

As expected, North Carroll took an early lead with a major-decision win from junior Doug Dell at 103; a surprise decision from Jason Elmo at 112, and a decision win from state champion Jeremy Myers, who moved up to 119 to beat Key's Steve Lessard.

After Panthers junior Tom Kiler pinned Matt Griffin at 125, the Panthers led 16-0, but that's when the Eagles started to make their charge.

Randy Owings continued his mastery over North Carroll's Andy Kiler with a 3-2 decision to cut the Panthers' lead lead to 16-3. It was the second time this week that Owings had defeated Kiler.

Key's Zac Yinger (140) and Ed Null (160) got pins to help get the Eagles move to 22-18, but North Carroll's Shawn Utz got a 3-0 decision win against Tony Bitzel to set the stage for Boog's heroics at 189.

"They had a little more depth than us and we couldn't quite overcome it," said Francis Scott Key coach Bill Hyson.

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