Boog goes to the mat for Panthers' clincher

February 04, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Chris Boog, a football hero for North Carroll last fall, took his heroics to the mat last night.

Boog, a junior and star running back and punter, clinched the No. 3 Panthers' emotional 31-24 wrestling victory over No. 5 Francis Scott Key before a standing-room-only crowd at North Carroll.

Boog was getting pushed around the mat by Key's Dale Bloom in a crucial 189-pound bout when he suddenly turned on Bloom for a pin at 3:34 of the bout.

The pin gave North Carroll six points and a 31-18 lead, wrapping up the victory with just the heavyweight bout left.

Boog, who had moved up to 189 from 171, was trailing 6-4 in the second period when he recorded the pin.

"I just rolled off my back and put him on his back," said Boog. "I just got lucky at that time. I wasn't happy with the way I was wrestling before that. But the team wrestled well."

North Carroll coach Dick Bauerlein heaped praise on Boog for his important pin.

"Boog gave up 17 pounds to Bloom and still came up with the pin," said Bauerlein. "That's showing a lot of heart and character. Boog was great as far as I'm concerned. I mean, when you're giving up 17 pounds to a guy like Bloom, you're going to get flopped around some."

After Boog's sudden pin, it mattered little that Francis Scott Key heavyweight Mark Smith needed only 21 seconds to pin North Carroll's Rick White.

"I thought it would be closer than this," said Bauerlein. "I wrote down 27-25 on my desk. I'm not going to say this victory proves anything because we still have the [Carroll County] tournament to go."

However, Boog said he believes last night's dual-match victory showed once again that North Carroll is still the class of wrestling in the county.

"We're No. 1 in the county and we proved it," said Boog. "I don't think the score will be this close in the tournament."

In all, it was a classic matchup between two powers that more than lived up to expectations.

As expected, North Carroll dominated early, but Key came roaring back in the middle weight classes to draw to 22-18 with three matches to go.

The two coaches, Bauerlein and Key's Bill Hyson, surprised no one with their match strategy.

Hyson made no changes and calmly folded his arms throughout most of the match, while Bauerlein switched personnel around at the 112-, 119-, 171- and 189-pound classes.

Bauerlein often went into his sideways stance and got emotionally involved in everything that was happening.

The only time Hyson changed was at the end of 145-pound bout, when two late points were taken away from Josh Bonnette and the victory was awarded to Eric Hott by a 4-3 decision.

The referee ruled that Bonnette's two points in the final second came after time had run out.

Hyson charged toward the referee when the win was taken away from Bonnette but then quickly calmed down.

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