Veteran Bauerlein still manages to keep edge on the competition Coach of the Year

March 11, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

The impromptu show of respect and admiration for Dick Bauerlein was impressive last Saturday night at Western Maryland College.

Moments after the North Carroll wrestling coach was inducted into the Maryland State Wrestling Hall of Fame, all kinds of people approached him for a handshake and a few kind words.

There were no formal speeches in a banquet setting, just a nice little introduction from former state wrestling committee member Frank Treuchet before the state tournament championship finals began.

It was a perfect setting for Bauerlein.

He was being recognized for his many hours of successful dedication to wrestling in front of the people he liked the most -- wrestlers, referees, coaches, state wrestling committee members, parents, fans and former wrestlers.

Even though Bauerlein, 52, didn't walk out of Gill Gymnasium that night with his first state tournament title, the veteran of 26 years of coaching didn't disappoint his admirers this season.

All he did was take a Panthers team that had lost eight wrestlers from last season and guide it to a 13-0 dual-match record and sixth place in the state 2A-1A tournament.

Included in his success was a seventh straight Carroll County tournament title, a second-place finish in the regionals and the county dual-match championship.

The man who now has a 218-20 record in dual matches at North Carroll is The Baltimore Sun's 1992-93 Carroll County Wrestling Coach of the Year.

Francis Scott Key's Bill Hyson was a close second for the honor in this wrestling-rich county.

Bauerlein had to reach back for all his vast knowledge of the sport to fend off a severe challenge from Hyson and Key for county supremacy.

When the teams met Feb. 3 at North Carroll, Bauerlein was at his best, switching wrestlers around to different weight classes to win crucial bouts.

The strategy worked for a 31-24 victory in what has been tabbed by many as the most memorable wrestling match in county history.

Bauerlein's success is likely to continue for at least the next few years, as seven of his top 10 wrestlers return next season, which likely will make it tough for Bauerlein to follow through on his intentions to retire soon.

"I keep telling [athletic director] Ed Powelson that I like the group of young people I have back next year," said Bauerlein. "And he tells me that I'm always going to have a new group coming in and if I wait for all of them to get through, I'll never retire."

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