Bockelmann pin helps Key tie Smithsburg again, 30-30

December 22, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Francis Scott Key heavyweight Brad Bockelmann made his first career victory a memorable one.

Bockelmann pinned Chay Lahew at 1:23 to give No. 4 Francis Scott Key a come-from-behind 30-30 tie with visiting Smithsburg in a battle of the defending Monocacy Valley Athletic League co-champions last night.

Bockelmann -- and Key (2-0-1, 1-0-1) -- appeared in trouble early in the final match. Lahew scored a takedown 40 seconds into the match and was in control for most of the first period.

Lahew still was on top with just under 50 seconds left in the period when Bockelmann used an elbow roll to put the Smithsburg heavyweight on his back. Bockelmann (1-1) pinned him seconds later.

"I just knew I had to go out and do my best," said Bockelmann. "I just saw [the opening] and just did it."

This was the second straight year Key and Smithsburg dueled to a 30-30 tie. Last year, Eagles heavyweight Mark Smith's pin gave them the tie.

The Leopards, ranked co-No. 7 in the state, had the momentum heading into the final match. Smithsburg (1-0-1, 0-0-1) won seven of the nine previous matches to turn deficits of 14-3 and 20-9 into a 30-24 lead after Ryan Reed pinned Francis Scott Key's Adam Sullivan at 5:32.

"We made a decent comeback," said Smithsburg coach Joe Dietrich. "I felt that we had the guns to come back, I didn't know how far."

It appeared the Eagles were going to finish things early in this match. Ryan Etzlar (103, 5-1) dominated Grant Wolak on the way to an 11-0 victory in the opening match.

Brian Sanders (112, 4-3) topped Troy Self, 16-2, and Jason Hooper (119, 5-2) had little trouble with Jeff Toothman to stretch the Eagles' lead to 14-0.

John Nogle (125), ranked third in the state in his class, fought off Steve Lessard for a 7-3 victory for Smithsburg. Kris Dietrich (130), second in the state, pinned Tony Cahoon of Key at 2:43.

Randy Owings (135), tied for first in the state, dominated and then pinned Smithsburg's Matt Shannon at 5:47 for the 20-9 lead. Smithsburg then rallied, as Jeremy Harbaugh surprised Chris Beale (140), 14-7. Beale is ranked fifth in the state, and that victory seemed to inspire the Leopards.

Zac Yinger (145) briefly put Key back on track with a 12-1 victory over Brian Catania for a 24-12 lead. After that, Smithsburg took control.

Smithsburg's Mike Wagner (152) defeated Curtis Rhoten, 12-5; David Everhart (160) pinned Key's Josh Crone at 0:57; and Jeremy Kretsinger (171) topped Key's Erin Brilhart, 9-2, before Reed's pin gave the Leopards their short-lived 30-24 lead.

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