S. Carroll stays close, falls to Key

January 26, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Was it a wake-up call for fifth-ranked Francis Scott Key, a letdown by the Eagles after they had clinched the match with a pin by 160-pounder Josh Crone, or are the South Carroll Cavaliers just three points away from rubbing shoulders with the powers in Carroll County wrestling?

Whatever the reason, the Cavaliers turned a lot of heads last night when they charged through the final three bouts with three straight pins for 18 points to fall just short of the Eagles, 34-31, at South Carroll.

Francis Scott Key (8-0-1) put the match on ice when Crone pinned South Carroll's Jeff Martinez in 59 seconds. Crone gave the Eagles a 34-13 lead with the fall and it looked as if the home team might go quietly.

But the Cavaliers (8-3) fought back, beginning with Mike Chenoweth (15-0, 13 pins), who moved up a weight class to 171 and still came away with a pin in 2:09 over Key's Erin Brilhart.

Then Steve Yokay (12-4) defeated Key's Adam Sullivan with a fall in 1:13, and South Carroll heavyweight Dan McKennie finished the show with a pin over Mario Lagunas in 1:45.

"That was too close for comfort," said Key coach Bill Hyson. "I always tell my kids that the opponents are out there working hard to win and you have to give them some credit."

Hyson insisted that his wrestlers didn't have a letdown after wrapping up the match.

"We didn't let up," he said. "We thought we'd get wins in at least two of the last four bouts, but it didn't happen."

South Carroll coach Pete Olson was pleased with the late run by his team and looked back at the 112-pound class as the key to the three-point loss.

"If Chris Heard loses by a decision instead of getting pinned, we get a tie," said Olson. "Chris was losing, 4-2, and hanging tough in the thirdperiod, but then all a sudden, he gets pinned by [Key's Brian] Sanders at 5:10."

Olson said he told his wrestlers before the heavyweight bout: "Look at that scoreboard; the only reason we can't win if Dan gets a pin is we all didn't pull our weight in the lower classes."

Olson continued, "Then you look at 160 pounds where Jeff got pinned. If he could have just gone out there and hung tough for a loss and Heard doesn't get pinned, we have a win.

"To be honest with you, I was surprised we came this close. We're not that far away now."

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