North Carroll maintains its grip on South Carroll

January 14, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

So much for South Carroll's wrestling dreams of closing the gap on the powerful North Carroll Panthers this season.

North Carroll hit the Cavaliers hard early and often last night and had the match (a 48-12 victory) wrapped up before South Carroll freshman sensation Mike Chenoweth could get on the mat in the 160-pound bout.

Erik Hott clinched the match for the third-ranked Panthers (9-0) when he decisioned Charlie Conoway, 8-2, in the 145-pound bout.

Hott's victory gave North Carroll a 32-0 lead, but that didn't dampen the spirits of the South Carroll fans, who roared constantly as Chenoweth (14-0, 12 pins) came onto the mat and took only 1:08 to pin North Carroll's Jeff Meyers.

Chenoweth came at Meyers in waves and ended the bout in a flash before a crowd of 600 at South Carroll.

"I had no idea I would end it that fast," Chenoweth said. "He was strong."

In just half a season, Chenoweth has become something of a folk hero around South Carroll.

Cavaliers coach Pete Olson made certain not to give his young phenom too big a head.

Asked what he thought of Chenoweth, Olson said: "He's all right. I won't throw him back. I have to give his dad [Mike] a lot of credit. He was a Baltimore County champion at Milford Mill and the two of them talk strategy all the time. The thing I like about his dad is he never tries to come between Mike and me and he supports and encourages me."

But the problem for South Carroll (8-2) and Olson is they don't have enough Chenoweths.

Chenoweth's pin gave the Cavaliers their first points in the match and they trailed 36-6, even though the lightning-quick wrestler had just thrilled the large crowd in a big way.

North Carroll's top wrestlers all came through in top fashion last night.

Tommy Kiler (14-0) and Chris Boog (14-0) remained unbeaten with fairly easy wins.

Kiler stepped up a class to 140 and scored a major decision, 16-5, over Tim Hinsche, and Boog pinned Dan McKinney in 2:59.

Saidrick Lewis (13-1 at 152) won by a major decision over Jeff Martinez, and Doug Dell, Hott and Eddie Davis improved their records to 12-2 with wins.

Dell stopped Dan Alberter, 9-0, at 119, Hott clinched the match with his 8-2 decision over Conoway at 145, and Davis pinned Chris Heart in 38 seconds.

"There was nothing we did here that surprised me," said North Carroll coach Dick Bauerlein. "We expected to come down here and perform like this and we did."

Olson said: "We got beat by an excellent team, which has a good coach in Dick Bauerlein. We lost some close matches but I'm proud of my kids. I was a little disappointed we didn't win at least two more bouts. I thought we had a shot at winning five, but we only got two [other win by Steve Yokay's pin of J. T. Torsella at 189]."

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