1993-94 All-Carroll County wrestling team Bauerlein top coach

Chenoweth, Owings co-honored

March 09, 1994|By Bill Free

COACH OF THE YEAR Dick Bauerlein, North Carroll After dedicating 19 years of his life to coaching wrestling, Bauerlein has decided it is time to retire, which is bad news for all young wrestlers in the Hampstead and North Carroll area. Because of several unbelievable bad breaks, this talented coach never won a state tournament championship but he did win the inaugural state 1A-2A dual meet championship this season with a victory over Damascus in the finals. The Panthers finished with a 17-1 dual- match record this season and were ranked second in the Baltimore metro area behind private school power Mount St. Joseph. There were some who believed that North Carroll would have a good chance to beat St. Joe in a clash of Nos. 1 and 2, but there was not place on the schedule for a crowd-pleasing match of that kind. On the way to the state

1A-2A dual-meet title this season, Bauerlein and North Carroll blitzed strong county rival Francis Scott Key twice in dual matches and lost their only dual match by 1 point to Old Mill two days after scoring the first of two emotional wins over Key. The final career dual-match mark for Bauerlein was 235-21 to go along with eight straight Carroll County tournament victories and 11 of the last 12, eight regional tournament titles and three second-place finishes in state tournaments. That's certainly Coach of the Year numbers.

CO-WRESTLERS OF THE YEAR Randy Owings, Francis Scott Key, junior, 135 -- From the first day of the season to the last, Owings was a marked man by opponents. He was the only individual state champion returning to action in Carroll County and everybody wanted to beat him. But no one could stop this focused 135-pounder until the finals of the Class 1A-2A regionals in Boonsboro 10 days ago when North Carroll's Tommy Kiler scored a 5-3 decision over Owings. The Owings-Kiler matchup was the one wrestling fans in the county had been wanting to see all season since it never happened in the regular-season dual matches. Owings and Kiler met twice this season, both times in tournaments with the first bout coming the Rebel Invitational tournament at South Hagerstown in late January. Owings won that meeting, 5-3. When Kiler gained revenge in the regionals, Owings was unhappy but he didn't pout. He just came back the next weekend with four straight wins in the state 1A-2A tournament for a second straight state title (last year's was at 130 with a 31-2 record). The reward is a second consecutive Carroll County Wrestler of the Year honor, only this season he shared the award with sophomore sensation Mike Chenoweth of South Carroll. "When a wrestler goes through a whole season living up to all the expectations like Randy did," said Key coach Bill Hyson, "it's a marvelous achievement. Randy was also our team leader and now has an 85-5-1 record in three years (30-1 this season).

Mike Chenoweth, South Carroll, sophomore, 160 -- What an incredible story! No one in the county could remember any first-year wrestler coming in and accomplishing the remarkable feats that Chenoweth did. From the start, he was something of a hero at South Carroll and he ran the table with 27 pins in 32 bouts for a 31-1 record. His only loss was a 5-4 decision to Northeast's Ron Katzenberger in the finals of the Broadneck tournament Feb. 5. When wrestling at home, fans would cheer from the time Chenoweth stepped on the mat until he was finished wrestling, usually with a pin. Then his admirers would crowd around him and he would try to come up with an explanation of how he did it. Chenoweth added to his status in the finals of the state 3A-4A tournament at Western Maryland last weekend when he pinned Meade's Adam Butts in breathtaking fashion. Chenoweth was inches away from being pinned by Butts late in the second period before he turned suddenly on Butts and pinned him in 3 minutes, 49 seconds for the state 160-pound championship. That was one of the most memorable moments of this year's state tournament, and has to go down as one of the more dramatic finishes in state tournament history. It was quite a show but one of the first things Chenoweth said was: "My coach [Pete Olson] owes me food." Olson sure did owe Chenoweth four slices of cheesecake, having promised each one of his wrestlers a slice of cheesecake for each victory. Chenoweth pinned all four of his opponents in the state tournament, leaving him a major reputation to live up to the next two seasons.

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