Panthers give title to Bauerlein

February 20, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

North Carroll coach Dick Bauerlein woke up yesterday morning wondering if it would be the day.

The North Carroll wrestlers springing off their seats after Chris Boog's pin at 171 pounds told the story.

Boog's 15th pin of the season, over Damascus' Dan DeVrient gave the second-seeded Panthers (13-1) an in surmountable 28-13 lead and they went on to claim a 34-19 win over the top-seeded Hornets (14-1) and a first-ever Class 1A-2A dual-meet state title at Westminster High.

Bauerlein was right in the middle of the joyous pack. After 19 years at North Carroll with plenty of close calls, Bauerlein got his state title. Shortly after the match, he officially announced his retirement.

"Yes, this is my last one," he said. "And I'm just tickled to go out like this. I told the guys they were the team that had a chance to win the first-ever dual-meet championship. It's something you can never take away."

There were plenty of heroes in the North Carroll win and a lot of close wins. Eddie Davis moved up to 119 and came away with a tight 4-3 decision win over Nick York to give the Panthers a 9-4 lead. The win came right after Doug Dell improved his record to 20-3 with a pin of Randy Pickett.

Leading 16-10 at 145, Erik Hott scored a last-second escape point in the second period to go up by one on Danny Wolford and held on to claim a 3-2 win.

"That just shows you how much heart our kids had and how much they wanted this," Bauerlein said. "I wasn't too sure at the start because I didn't know too much about the teams. As the day went on, I felt our team was really ready for today. We got the match-ups we were looking for and everything worked out well."

Leading 22-13 with Boog up at 171, all the Panthers needed was a decision to clinch the title. Boog (23-0) was looking for more.

"At the end of the [second] break, coach Bauerlein told me all we

needed was a decision, but I told him I'd get him the pin," he said.

"We said going in we wanted it for ourselves but mostly for Coach Bauerlein. It capped off a great career and this is how we wanted to end it."

Damascus and North Carroll reached the finals in a similar, convincing fashion.

The Hornets jumped out to a 15-0 lead over fourth-seeded Rising Sun and clinched a berth to the finals at 145 when Wolford pinned Randy Jordan in 1:27 to make it 36-3. The final was 48-18.

The Panthers had a little tougher time in the early goings against third-seeded Owings Mills, but pulled away in the middle weights to claim a 46-9 win.

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