North Carroll continues roll, ends Old Mill's streak

February 06, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

In his 18 years of coaching, North Carroll's Dick Bauerlein has never enjoyed a week quite like this one.

It was topped off last night when his Panthers (11-0) came away with a 33-24 win over Old Mill (10-1), breaking the visitors' dual-match unbeaten streak at 31.

"It's just exciting. They had a 31-match win streak going, our kids knew it and wanted to break it," Bauerlein said.

It was the second time in three nights the Panthers were host to a top-ranked team and beat them. Wednesday, they defeated No. 5 Francis Scott Key, 31-24. Last weekend, they won the Rebel Invitational at South Hagerstown.

There were plenty of heroes in last night's win, starting with Aaron Skinner.

Ineligible until yesterday because of academics, Skinner found himself protecting a 29-24 lead in the night's final bout. He did so and more, coming away with a 12-4 major decision over Bob Shaffer as the crowd chanted down the final seconds.

"That's the first time I've ever heard the crowd. It's great to be back," Skinner said.

Shaffer, owning a 35-pound advantage over Skinner, needed the pin for Old Mill to win. He pressed Skinner in all three periods. Twice he had Skinner on his back, but wasn't able to get the pin.

"I wasn't too worried the first time because he didn't have his legs hooked in, but the second time he was driving the legs and it was pretty close," he said.

Junior Doug Dell (103) and senior Jeremy Myers (112) gave North Carroll a quick 12-0 lead with two pins. Both are unbeaten at 20-0.

The first turning point came at the 145- and 152-pound classes.

After Old Mill inched its way back in the match at 16-12 with four decision wins, Eric Hott got a 6-5 decision win over Mike Hines with a takedown in the final seconds. Saidrick Lewis followed that with a pin over Matt Relihan at 152, pushing the lead back to 25-12.

"Everyone just wrestled outstanding tonight," Bauerlein said.

"Eric's [Hott] a tough kid and Saidrick gave us a huge pin. Even the kids who lost tonight deserve credit -- they all scrapped hard."

Old Mill coach Mike Hampe was impressed with North Carroll.

"We just got out-muscled and out-hustled tonight. They were the better team tonight," he said.

"We thought they may be down some after their big win against Francis Scott Key, but it was them who were making the things happen."

For the second straight match, Bauerlein also pushed Chris Boog up to 189. And for the second straight time, the junior came through.

Old Mill rallied with pins from Todd Hultgren (160) and Marc Procaccini (171) to climb back to 25-24 going into 189.

That's when Boog dominated sophomore Don Patterson -- who TTC came in at 18-3 -- to take a 9-0 major decision win and give Skinner some breathing room at 29-24.

On Wednesday, Boog (20-0) clinched North Carroll's win over Key with a pin of Dale Bloom.

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