North Carroll climbs from No. 3 to No. 2 in MSWA rankings

January 10, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

North Carroll, largely on the strength of its effort in last week's 43-12 victory over Frederick, has taken the No. 2 spot from defending 1A-2A state champ Northeast, which dropped to No. 3 in the Maryland State Wrestling Association rankings.

North Carroll was ranked No. 3 and Frederick was No. 7, but Frederick has dropped from the MSWA rankings.

The Panthers' victory over Frederick included No. 4 Corey Rill (130) edging then-No. 4 Tim Fields, 4-2. Also in the match, Rill's No. 2-ranked teammate, Tommy Kiler (135), pinned then-No. 4 Tim Novak, who was a state champ two years ago.

Kiler's victory also moved him into a tie for the No. 2 spot with defending 1A-2A state champ Randy Owings (Francis Scott Key). Novak has dropped to No. 6 in the rankings, and Fields no longer is ranked.

The MSWA's new team rankings are as follows: 1. Mount St. Joseph; 2. North Carroll; 3. Northeast; 4. Riverdale Baptist; 5. DeMatha; 6. Old Mill; 7. Francis Scott Key; 8. Rising Sun; 9. Lackey; 10. tie: Aberdeen and Damascus.

Mike's on the map

South Carroll's Mike Chenowith quickly has made an impression on area and state ranking coordinators, who have him rated No. 5 among the state's best 160-pound wrestlers.

Chenowith (12-0, 10 pins), a junior league state champ last year, was impressive in winning the Chesapeake Invitational tournament early in the season, pinning Meade's Adam Butts in 1:47.

What makes that effort even more impressive is the fact that Butts is 12-3 with 10 pins and a technical fall. Last week, Butts edged Northeast's then-No. 2 Jason Grunder, 13-11, in overtime. Grunder won 29 matches as a regional champ last year and placed third in the 1A-2A state tournament.

Eagles soaring

For consistency, you can't do much better than Francis Scott Key did in its tri-meet victory over the weekend against Williamsport and Oakland Mills.

The Eagles (5-0-1) defeated Monocacy Valley League rival Williamsport, 38-27, and Oakland Mills, 44-24, with six wrestlers winning twice on the day.

Jason Hooper (119, 11-3), Steve Lessard (125, 12-2), No. 2 Randy Owings (135, 11-0), Chris Beale (140, 11-3), No. 4 Zac Yinger (145, 13-1) and Curtis Rhoten (152) all won both matches Saturday.

Hooper came through with a couple of pins for the Eagles and Yinger two technical falls. Lessard, Owings, Beale and Rhoten each had a pin and a decision.

The Eagles' Ryan Etzler (103, 10-2) had hoped to move into the rankings with a victory over Williamsport's Billy Baker, who placed third in his regional tournament last year.

Baker, however, ended up pinning Etzler, who was a champion in the Francis Scott Key tournament and a runner-up at Annapolis.

"Ryan took the kid down, then there was a flurry of moves," said Francis Scott Key coach Bill Hyson. "After a while, it looked like Ryan just got caught with all of his [Baker's] weight on his chest."

The end came at 1:37 of the first period.

Francis Scott Key defeated South Hagerstown earlier in the week, but not before Beale had dropped his third tough loss of the season -- 7-5 in overtime -- to No. 5 Tom Ashby.

Beale's other losses have come against Mount St. Joseph's top-ranked Paul Scott and Smithsburg's Jeremy Harbaugh, a junior who last year won 23 matches and placed third in his region.

TOP 15

1. Mount St. Joseph (1-0) ... 120

2. Northeast (6-1) ... 109

3. North Carroll (7-0) ... 107

4. Old Mill (6-1) ... 96

5. Francis Scott Key (5-0-1) ... 88

6. Aberdeen (5-0) ... 76

7. Arundel (8-0) ... 68

8. Hammond (6-0) ... 60

9. Gilman (4-1) ... 54

10. Eastern Tech (5-0) ... 48

11. Perry Hall (7-0) ... 40

12. Owings Mills (6-0) ... 30

13. Kenwood (5-1) ... 22

14. Chesapeake-AA (4-2) ... 16

15. Loyola (3-0) ... 10

Other teams receiving votes, with record and points in parentheses: South River (3-3, 5), Mervo (4-0, 2), Broad (3-3, 2) Towson (4-2, 1), St. Paul's (5-1, 1), Oakland Mills (4-2, 1).

Poll members: Wavie Gibson, Walbrook; Al Miller, Perry Hall; Jim Currie, Boys' Latin; Tom Slichter, Chesapeake-AA; Bill Smith, Hammond; Bill Hyson, Francis Scott Key; Kenny Bryant, C. Milton Wright; Lem Satterfield, The Baltimore Sun.

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