No. 3 N. Carroll sparked by Kiler's pin, 43-12

January 06, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Tommy Kiler of North Carroll smiled broadly when asked about his effort last night. What he did also brought smiles to the rest of the Panthers.

Kiler, a 135-pound sophomore, pinned former state champion Tim Novak of Frederick in the first period, leading No. 3 North Carroll to a 43-12 victory over the visiting Cadets in a Central Maryland Conference match.

North Carroll (6-0, 2-0) led 14-6 heading into Kiler's match. Novak, a state champion two years ago and currently ranked sixth in the state at 140, appeared to be a tough challenge for Kiler.

But Kiler made swift work of his opponent. He came out aggressively, took him down one minute into the match and went on to pin Novak at 1:28.

The victory made Kiler, ranked fourth in the state, 12-0 and seemed to light a fire under the Panthers.

"They were pretty happy when I came off," Kiler said. "I wanted to beat him pretty soundly. That was nice."

Although the Cadets had two 135-pound wrestlers, North Carroll coach Dick Bauerlein said he thought Kiler would be paired with Novak.

"That was a match I thought would be a toss-up," Bauerlein said. "Tommy came through."

Said Kiler: "It sort of broke the other team."

North Carroll rolled after that, winning five of the final seven matches to blow open the close contest. The Bane brothers, Dustin (103) and Lonnie (125), won early for Frederick, but the Panthers took over after that.

Erik Hott (145, 10-2) of North Carroll pinned Jon Parks at 1:52. Hott charged out and took down Parks 12 seconds into the match and went on from there.

Saidrick Lewis (152, 11-1) followed with another pin, taking care of Phillip Higgenbottom at 1:41. Jeff Meyers (160) added three more for North Carroll with a 7-0 shutout of Craig McIlvaine, stretching the lead to 35-9.

Next for North Carroll came Chris Boog (171, 12-0), who scored a technical fall over Travis Henson. Bill Beltz (10-3) wrapped up the night for North Carroll with a 9-2 victory at heavyweight over Marco Sulmonte.

Bauerlein said he was worried entering the match for two reasons. First, he lacked knowledge about Frederick (2-1, 0-1). Second, the Panthers had not practiced since last Thursday.

"I didn't know what to expect," Bauerlein said. "I didn't know about Frederick. We knew they'd be very tough down [in the lower weights]."

And the Cadets were. Dustin Bane opened the match with a 4-2 victory over Tim Parry of North Carroll. Bane's reversal with 27 seconds left gave the Cadets a 3-0 lead.

The Panthers answered right away, as Eddie Davis (112, 10-2) scored a technical fall over Larry Raymond. Doug Dell (119, 10-2) followed with a pin at 3:18 over Bo Harper for an 11-3 Panthers lead.

Lonnie Bane (125) then topped Tony Zahn of North Carroll by an 8-2 count before Corey Rill (130, 11-1) nipped Frederick's Tim Fields, 4-2.

That extended the North Carroll lead to 14-6.

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