Hyson gears Key for N. Carroll showdown

January 30, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Bill Hyson has lived in the shadow of North Carroll wrestling coach Dick Bauerlein for 13 years.

The Francis Scott Key wrestling coach certainly has dreamed a time or two about being in Bauerlein's shoes at the top of the heap in Carroll County wrestling.

Hyson admits it would be nice just once to have everybody in the county and most teams in the state shooting for his team.

Slowly, Hyson has built a wrestling team that has been closing in on the Panthers.

But suddenly he finds himself most likely with only one more chance to beat Bauerlein and North Carroll in a dual match.

That opportunity comes Wednesday night at Key.

It is nearly certain that Bauerlein will retire at the end of this season. He has told his team he is walking away after 19 years of building a dynasty at North Carroll.

His Panthers are ranked No. 2 (tied with Northeast) in the Baltimore metro area as they prepare for No. 5 Key.

Hyson and Key have managed to win only one of 13 dual matches against North Carroll and Bauerlein.

Hyson admits it will be an emotional evening for him but he doesn't see it affecting his wrestlers or the Panthers that much.

"This last dual match against Dick means much more for me at the personal level than it does for the wrestlers for both schools," said Hyson. "I have the utmost respect for Dick. He's been a good person to me. I've talked to him a lot. It is kind of tough to know that this is probably the end of our intense but friendly rivalry."

Hyson said the match is big enough for the wrestlers on both teams to inspire them to their top performance without being affected by any distractions.

"Certainly our youngsters will be thinking only about beating North Carroll and not about Dick's last time around," he said. "And North Carroll is looking at Dick's departure as more of a factor on their whole season than on one match."

Even though Hyson will have some strong feelings about Bauerlein's exit after this season, he said he will not let it interfere with his intensity Wednesday night.

"If there's a question about any calls during the match, I'll be right out there supporting my wrestlers with the referees." said -- Hyson. "I have to do everything I can to win the match."

Based on comparative scores in recent matches involving Key and North Carroll against South Carroll, it would appear that the Panthers have the edge.

North Carroll blitzed South Carroll, 48-12, and Key held off the Cavaliers, 34-31.

But Hyson said South Carroll matches up better against Key than it does against North Carroll.

"There are some teams that just do better against others because of matchups," he said. "South Carroll did some things ** to put themselves in the best position to win that match against us."

Hyson said his team realizes what the Cavaliers did to make the match close after Key had wrapped up the outcome with Josh Crone's pin of Jeff Martinez in the 160-pound bout.

"Our youngsters are resilient. They'll bounce back strongly against North Carroll," he said.

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