Last night's highly-touted North Carroll-Francis Scott Key wrestling match was everything it was built up to be and then some.
Two of the top teams in the state battled all night long 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 (11-0, 4-0 in the county) a 31-18 lead, and they went on to claim 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. "I'm not going to say this victory proves anything because we still have the [Carroll County] tournament to go."
The key match came at 145, 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."
North Carroll jumped to 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 jumped up to 119 to beat Key's Steve Lessard.