The first team at a glance

March 11, 1993

103 -- Doug Dell, Jr., North Carroll -- The Panthers went into every match knowing they would get an early lead because Dell (30-1) was nearly invincible all season. He won 30 straight matches in his first varsity season before losing to Marty Kusick of Northeast in the championship round of the state 2A-1A tournament.

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112 -- Jeremy Myers, Sr., North Carroll -- The second half of a 1-2 punch in the early bouts for the 13-0 Panthers. Myers had two incredible seasons, going 30-1 as a junior and winning the state 2A-1A 103-pound championship and coming back this year to go 30-1 at 112. Myers' one loss came in the 112-pound state championship bout to Northeast's Mike Kusick. With a 60-2 record, Myers is getting attention from college scouts and might go to Campbell University.

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119 -- Steve Lessard, Soph., Francis Scott Key -- Finished the season 25-6 after qualifying for states and going 2-2, losing in the consolation round. In only his second year of wrestling, he won the region title and finished second in the county tournament to North Carroll's Jeremy Myers. Said Key coach Bill Hyson: "He's still scratching the surface of his total potential."

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125 -- Tommy Kiler, Fresh., North Carroll -- Freshmen aren't supposed to be this good, but Kiler turned in a nifty 28-2 run that contributed mightily to the Panthers' power in the lower weight classes. Kiler came to North Carroll with a state juniors title and he more than lived up to all expectations.

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135 -- Chris Beale, Jr., Francis Scott Key -- A three-time state qualifier, Beale finished the season 24-6 after going 2-2 in the state tournament, losing in the consolations. He came up through the Francis Scott Key recreation program and has been a steady influence throughout his career as a quiet leader and tireless worker.

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140 -- Zac Yinger, Soph., Francis Scott Key -- Finished the season 27-5, qualifying for the state tournament for the second year in a row. Finished third in the region in a tough weight class. Another wrestler with a solid recreational league background, Yinger stepped right in as a freshman and quietly had a solid year as a sophomore. A very aggressive wrestler with deceptive strength, Yinger could only get better in the next couple years.

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145 -- Eric Hott, Soph., North Carroll -- Another one of those young wrestlers who figures to help keep the Panthers on top for a few years. Hott had a knack for winning close bouts for his team just where it needed them the most -- in the middle weight classes. His biggest victory came in the 31-24 dual-match win over Key. Hott held on in the final seconds to defeat Key's Josh Bonnette, 4-3, and give North Carroll a little breathing room as the Eagles came charging from behind.

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152 -- Neal Brennan, Sr., Westminster -- This extremely talented wrestler was the marquee man for the Owls and was the reason his team was ranked in the top 15 early in the season. Brennan (29-4) was praised by coach Solomon Carr for "a willingness to stick it out" during tough times for Westminster (8-8) late in the season. The highlight of his senior year was winning a championship in the Friends tournament.

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160 -- Ed Null, Sr., Francis Scott Key -- A three-year letterman and two-year county champion, Null took third in the state tournament, going 4-1 over the weekend and closing out a stellar career with a 30-2 season mark. A consistent wrestler over the years for Key coach Bill Hyson, Null was a sound technician on the mat with good strength.

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171 -- Chris Boog, Jr., North Carroll -- No one will forget how Boog clinched the dual-match victory over Francis Scott Key. He had stepped up to 189 and found himself going against a much bigger Dale Bloom and getting thrown around a little. But Boog suddenly got off his back and pinned Bloom. It was one of 29 straight wins for Boog (30-1) before he lost to two-time defending state champion Grant Johnson of Owings Mills in the 2A-1A tournament semifinals.

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189 -- Dale Bloom, Sr., Francis Scott Key -- Began wrestling as a freshman and worked his way up to varsity as a junior. Finished his senior year 23-10 with a county championship. "He's really come a long way and I'm pleased with the season he had. Dale worked very hard to get to where he was and got the most out of his skills. He really showed a tremendous amount of heart this season," said Key coach Bill Hyson.

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Heavyweight -- Mark Smith Sr., Francis Scott Key -- Smith had a banner first day in the state tournament with close decision wins in the opening and quarterfinal rounds as a fourth seed. He finished fourth at states and 25-8 overall. Smith began wrestling as a freshman and competed at the varsity level the past two years. "It's been very rewarding seeing him develop. He's worked very hard over the course of the last four years, particularly the past two, to get into the position of competing at the state level," said Key coach Bill Hyson.

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