Key, N. Carroll dominate honors Eagles' Owings swept titles Wrestler of the Year

March 11, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

Every high school wrestler in Maryland starts the season with hopes of winning a state title.

Only a rare few -- 26 to be exact in the 13 different weight divisions of the state's 2A-1A and 4A-3A classes -- actually reach the goal.

Yet there was Francis Scott Key sophomore Randy Owings, fresh off his 6-4 win over Northeast's Steve Smiddy in the 130-pound finals Saturday, with a look of disappointment and disbelief over the fact that his Eagles team finished seventh in the team race.

With more time to reflect, he said he appreciates his accomplishment over the weekend at Western Maryland College: He was the only state champion to come out of a strong contingent of Carroll County wrestlers this year.

"I'm feeling pretty good now," Owings said Monday. "I thought we should have placed a little higher as a team, but it was a great season for us and a good learning experience for the next two years."

The state title caps a nearly flawless season for Owings, who finished 31-1 with county and region titles along the way.

For those efforts, Owings has been named The Baltimore Sun's 1992-93 Carroll County Wrestler of the Year.

Owings was challenged for the honor by North Carroll's Jeremy Myers (112), Doug Dell (103) and Chris Boog (171) -- all of whom came into the weekend with 27-0 records, but each of whom fell short on the tournament's last day.

As a freshman last year, Owings finished with an impressive 24-3-1 mark at 119. After claiming county and region titles, he was unable to compete in the state tournament because of a virus. He has been on a mission ever since.

"Randy just had a tremendous season," said Key coach Bill Hyson. "He didn't have the chance to wrestle in states as a freshman, so that added to the suspense some this year. He was very impressive and handled things very well. It's a tribute to the focus he was able to maintain.

"He's going to get physically stronger and his technique sharper. He's in a position now where he has a lot going for him. He'll have others gunning for him from now on, but I think he'll use that as a motivation."

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