North Carroll, Key ready to rumble County tournament provides backdrop for 2nd showdown

February 12, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

South Carroll wrestling coach Pete Olson has set the stage for the second North Carroll-Francis Scott Key wrestling confrontation tomorrow in the Carroll County tournament at Liberty High.

"I hope Bill [Hyson, Francis Scott Key coach] wins, so the picture is muddled," said Olson. "That way, Key can say they won the tournament, and North Carroll can say they won the dual match."

Yes, it's time for Rumble II between the two proud wrestling schools. The preliminary bouts begin at 11 a.m. and the finals are set for 7:30 p.m.

Second-ranked North Carroll (13-0) won Rumble I by a 31-24 score over fifth-ranked Key (10-1) at North Carroll on Feb. 3.

The Panthers will send out an awesome lineup that includes three wrestlers who are all 22-0.

The unbeaten wrestlers are senior Jeremy Myers at 112 pounds, junior Doug Dell at 103 and junior Chris Boog at 171-189 pounds. Myers is No. 1 in the Maryland State Wrestling Association rankings, Dell is tied for No. 1 and Boog is No. 5.

The other marquee North Carroll entries are the Kiler brothers, freshman Tommy, who is 22-1 at 125 pounds, and senior Andy, who is 20-3 at 130.

Of course, Francis Scott Key's lineup is strong, too.

The Eagles have sophomore Randy Owings (21-1 at 130), senior Ed Null (22-1 at 160), sophomore Zac Yinger (19-2 at 140), junior Chris Beale (20-3 at 135) and sophomore Steve Lessard (19-3 at 119). Owings is ranked second in the MSWA and Null is fifth.

Both teams are dominated by underclassmen, which means these powerhouses figure to be battling for the next several years.

North Carroll has won the county tournament six straight years and finished in the top five in the states the past nine seasons.

In this second North Carroll-Key showdown, a supporting cast of Westminster (6-6), South Carroll (9-5) and Liberty (4-11) will be on hand to have some say in who wins.

But North Carroll coach Dick Bauerlein doesn't believe the three pretenders "have a chance to win," and no one will argue with that.

Westminster coach Solomon Carr said the Owls would love to challenge for second place, as they have in the past.

"We're usually up for the county tournament," said Carr. "We've been in the running for second with Key several times. Last year they beat us by a half-point for second place."

Westminster's top wrestlers will be Neal Brennan (24-2 at 145), Ben Erhardt (14-4 at 125), Brad Schisler (13-5 at 140) and Matt Warner (18-6 at 103).

Schisler dislocated his finger in practice Tuesday but is expected to wrestle tomorrow.

"I don't see anything keeping Brad out," said Carr. "He wants revenge on Zac Yinger of Francis Scott Key, who beat him last year."

For South Carroll, Olson is talking about a third-place finish "being predictable."

"That's not to say Liberty and Westminster couldn't do it," said Olson. "It all depends on the seedings."

The Cavaliers will pin their hopes on Danny Pfeiffer (19-8) in the 112-pound class, Matt Crill (19-9) at 152 and Leo Fryrear (18-9) at 189.

For host Liberty, Jeff Hash is pulling for his wrestlers to provide a respectable showing.

"We've had some attitude problems and quitters," Hash said. "I'm just hoping for a good outing from the wrestlers who are going out there. It's been an eye-opening experience this year. I said when I took over this team this year to give me five years."

The top hopes for the Lions are Anthony Omelio (18-5 at 103), Phil Youssi (16-3 at 140), Ed Morrell (13-7 at 135), Mike Durgin (12-11 at 152), Pat Quinn (11-10 at 189-heavyweight) and Jamie Snyder (6-11 at 160).

In the battle for the top spot, Bauerlein said, "It will be a dogfight. It's going to be real close. There's going to be some good wrestlers moving up and down in weight classes that will affect the outcome a lot. I'm pleased with the way our kids came through those tough matches in three days against Key and Old Mill."

Hyson said his Eagles have refocused for the county meet after the heartbreaking setback to North Carroll last week.

"We were disappointed in the North Carroll match," said Hyson. "But we've had some nice practices. We represented ourselves well. If we win any of those close matches and get the Josh Bonnette win [two late points taken away from Bonnette to give Eric Hott a 4-3 decision at 145], we would have won it."

Hyson said the Eagles "have respect for North Carroll, but we feel we're with them in terms of the strength of our programs."

Hyson continued to refrain from commenting on the Bonnette bout ruling by referee Rich Logue.

"I have some opinions," said Hyson. "But there's no sense in sour grapes."

Logue first signaled two takedown points for Bonnette in the final second of the third period that would have given him a 5-4 decision. But Logue reversed his ruling a few seconds later, taking the points away from Bonnette because he said they came after time had run out.

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