Intense Bauerlein shows light side N. Carroll coach enjoys Old Mill win

February 08, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Dick Bauerlein's pre-match demeanor -- his habitually intense stare -- was definitely on display before his North Carroll Panthers downed Old Mill's Patriots in Friday's dual-match showdown.

But the 18th-year coach's appearance masked the joviality he displayed moments earlier at the pre-match weigh-ins.

"When they [Old Mill] first came in, [Old Mill coach Mike Hampe] said that two of his kids could not make the bus ride and had to come later," said Bauerlein. "I joked with him that we had a Carroll County policy that they couldn't wrestle if they hadn't come on the same bus."

Bauerlein also feigned that the county had a dress code when Hampe's assistant, Jay Braunstein, showed up dressed rather informally in a T-shirt and shorts.

Neither situation was true, and neither mattered after the Panthers' downed the Patriots (9-1), 33-24, to improve to 10-0 entering tomorrow night's tri-meet with North Harford and Thomas Johnson.

"I'm never really that relaxed before a big match, but I felt fairly confident, really," said Bauerlein, who also pointed out his long standing friendship with Hampe.

With the victory, the Panthers moved into the No. 2 spot behind Mount St. Joseph in both The Baltimore Sun poll and the Maryland State Wrestling Association rankings, which will be released this week. Old Mill is ranked No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.

Francis Scott Key (9-1), which lost, 31-24, to the Panthers on Wednesday, rose to the No. 8 spot in the MSWA rankings and is tied with Northeast for the fifth spot in The Baltimore Sun poll.

Bauerlein said he was proud of his kids for wrestling two big matches over three days, with the North Carroll-Key match attracting a North Carroll school-record gate of $2,300.

"I think they [Panthers] showed they're big-match wrestlers," said Bauerlein. "They showed that if the occasion arises, they can be right there."

Thomas Johnson and North Harford should provide stiff tests for the Panthers, with Thomas Johnson coming off of a runner-up finish to Northeast in Saturday's Broadneck Invitational.

North Carroll's top-ranked state champion Jeremy Myers (112, 20-0) could get a test from North Harford's county champion and regional runner-up, Brandon Moore, the winner of last Saturday's Friends' tournament.

Another test could come at 103, where the Panthers' Doug Dell (103, 20-0) meets Thomas Johnson's Joey Ottinger (18-1), who captured the Broadneck tournament title.

But Dell is on a hot streak. With his 14th pin of the season against Old Mill's then-sixth-ranked Jason Bryant, Dell moved into a first-place tie for the MSWA's top spot with DeMatha's Todd Beckerman (35-1, 30 pins). Beckerman's only loss came by 8-7 to Northeast's No. 2-ranked Marty Kusick (112, 23-0).

Panthers' junior Chris Boog (171, 20-0), who is now ranked No. 5 by the MSWA, could meet Thomas Johnson's Adam Hoffman (18-4), who also captured the Broadneck tournament crown.

Thomas Johnson's Stuart Quay (189, 20-2) pinned his way to the Broadneck tournament title, including a fall in 3:39 over South Carroll's Leo Fryrear in the title bout. Quay's only losses have come by pin against Smithsburg's top-ranked, two-time state champion Chris Kretsinger, and by 6-5 to Loyola's No. 2-ranked Dave Daniecki, so he could be trouble for the Panthers' Aaron Skinner, who will be wrestling in only his second match since returning from academic ineligibility.

"I'm not looking for too much of a letdown, team-wise," said Bauerlein. "But come this Saturday's county tournament, I know we'll be back up. I know that some other kids in the county will be shifting around in weight classes, which could make it tougher."

For South Carroll, which placed fourth in the nine-team Broadneck tournament, Fryrear and Matt Crill (152) were runners-up, Charles Setters (160) and Andy Hohman (171) were third and Dan Peiffer (103) and Steve Yokay (145) were fourth.

Also in this month's MSWA rankings are Francis Scott Key's second-ranked Randy Owings (130, 20-1) and fifth-ranked Ed Null (160, 21-1).

With North Carroll and Francis Scott Key joining the rankings, all but three of the MSWA's top 10 teams are from the Baltimore area. Mount St. Joseph is No. 1, with No. 3 Owings Mills, No. 4 Old Mill, Co-No. 5 Boys' Latin and Northeast and No. 9 Gilman.

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