Key's loss 'not the end of the season'

February 04, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

A large crowd viewed last night's North Carroll-Francis Scott Key match at North Carroll, as a huge spotlight showcased the wrestlers in the center of the mat.

Throughout the evening, the atmosphere was frenetic and the noise from the capacity crowd of 1,300 was deafening.

But when the gymnasium lights were turned on afterward, the contingent for No. 5 Francis Scott Key could read the scoreboard opposite them: No. 3 North Carroll 31, Francis Scott Key 24.

Their Eagles (9-1) had lost in the county's biggest mat event since North Carroll downed Westminster by a point in 1980.

"It's not the end of the season, but we're definitely disappointed that we didn't win," said the Eagles fourth-ranked Ed Null (160, 21-1), whose eighth pin of the season cut the deficit to 22-18 before the Panthers (10-0) won two of the final three bouts.

"I was hoping after my pin that we could win. It would have been great to pull it off."

The Eagles last beat North Carroll, 33-22, three years ago to win the county dual match title.

"It meant a lot to the whole team because we felt this was our best chance to beat them. The breaks definitely went their way," said the Eagles' second-ranked Randy Owings (130, 20-1), who edged sixth-ranked Andy Kiler (16-2), 3-2, before his teammate, Chris Beale (135, 19-3) was upset, 4-2, by the Panthers' Corey Rill (15-5).

Zac Yinger's (140, 18-2) ninth pin of the season trimmed the deficit to 19-9 and encouraged Dewey Simpson, a 70-year-old Taneytown resident.

"I think it will give us momentum, but we need a few more, too," said Simpson, wearing wire-framed glasses and a green baseball cap.

Simpson stood and booed the next bout.

Francis Scott Key's Josh Bonnette (145) lost, 4-3, to Eric Hott (17-3) after being penalized in the final 12 seconds for his third false-start warning. Bonnette nearly beat the buzzer with his takedown, but it was disallowed and his team trailed, 22-9.

Another critical bout came at 112, where North Carroll's Jason Elmo -- wrestling in his first varsity match -- edged Tony Cahoon, 4-3, with his takedown in the final 30 seconds. Cahoon led, 3-1, early in the second period.

North Carroll's top-ranked, state champion Jeremy Myers (119, 19-0), who moved up from 112 for the match, beat Steve Lessard (18-3), 7-3.

Myers' teammate, Tom Kiler (125, 19-1) then gave the home team a 16-0 lead with his 11th pin of the season, setting up the evening's marquee bout between Owings and sixth-ranked Andy Kiler.

Owings' cut the deficit to 16-3 with his decision, to the chagrin of FSK fan and New Windsor resident, John Humbert.

"I thought a pin would really turn things around," said Humbert, 38, with a cluster of Eagles supporters cheering around him.

"I think they were both too psyched at the beginning for that to happen, but there will be another time."

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