Lineup shuffling by Bauerlein helps Panthers deal Eagles loss

February 03, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

North Carroll wrestling coach Dick Bauerlein was up to his old tricks last night against Francis Scott Key, shuffling his lineup like a card dealer in Las Vegas.

After some key switches in the middle weights, the second-ranked Panthers' (11-0) heavier weights took care of the rest with five straight pins to close out the fifth-ranked Eagles, 51-18, in Uniontown.

It never materialized into the kind of tight match seen last year, also won by North Carroll, 31-24.

The much-anticipated rematch at 135 between Key's Randy Owings and North Carroll's Tommy Kiler didn't happen. Bauerlein put Jason Albert up against the defending state champ Owings -- who beat Kiler, 5-3, Saturday at South Hagerstown's Rebel Invitational. Owings came up with a major decision win over Albert, but the Panthers maintained a 15-13 lead.

Kiler then pinned Chris Beale at 140 to make it Panthers, 21-13.

"We had to do it for the team to assure we got the matchups we were looking for," Bauerlein said.

"I'm sure some people were disappointed not to see some of the matchups, but the dual meet is for the team. They'll get a chance to see Tommy Kiler and Randy Owings down the road."

Bauerlein then put in Brian Letnauchyn at 145 to go up against Zac Yinger, which moved Erik Hott and Saidrick Lewis up a spot in weight.

Yinger improved his mark to 19-1 on the season, but couldn't get the pin against Letnauchyn. Yinger's technical fall win got Key within 21-18, but the rest of the night belonged to North Carroll.

Hott got it started with a pin of Robert Buntin at 152. Lewis, Chris Boog, J. T. Torsella and Bill Beltz all followed with pins.

For the second straight year, it was Boog who clinched the team win for the Panthers, decking Key's Erin Brilhart midway through the second period to give the Panthers a 39-18 lead.

"I think we knew coming in if we kept our heads on straight we'd do OK," Boog said.

"We knew they'd be ready for us, but their matchups were going our way."

Key coach Bill Hyson was disappointed with the outcome, but pleased with his team's overall effort, particularly with some of his younger wrestlers.

"Pins were a concern going in and pins broke our back," he said.

It didn't take long to see the magnitude of this county match. Well over an hour before the varsity got started, a parking spot wasn't in sight and the 700 available tickets were gone.

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