FREDERICK -- Silence and a bit of despair descended upon the fifth-ranked North Carroll wrestling team last night after a young Frederick squad turned back the Panthers, 33-24, in a Central Maryland Conference dual match.
It was the first time in 10 years that the Cadets had defeated North Carroll in a dual match.
Frederick won the state 3A-4A dual-meet championship last season, but the Cadets lost to the Panthers in a dual match. North Carroll won the state 1A-2A dual-meet title.
"This is a great win for Frederick," said Cadets first-year head coach Andre Jackson. "I thought we had a shot coming in as long as we came out well in the lightweights and we did even better than I expected in those categories."
North Carroll first-year coach Bryan Wetzel, who replaced the Dick Bauerlein, said his team just wasn't ready to face Frederick.
"We had too many weight problems and a 14-day layoff hurt us," said Wetzel.
"I told our kids we were in for a tough match but they weren't prepared. We had two wrestlers in their first bouts because they won wrestle-offs."
Freshman Travis Miller (103 pounds) and senior Taylor Stetson (152) appeared in their first varsity bouts and both were pinned.
Not too much went right for North Carroll from the start, with first-year Panthers Dameon Davis (119) and Adam Boog (125) both losing by decisions to drop the visitors down, 18-0, after four bouts.
But with Corey Rill, Gene Phillips, Tommy Kiler and Erik Hott set to wrestle in the next four bouts, there was still some hope for North Carroll (5-1), which was unbeaten in dual and tri-meets entering the match.
But Kiler could not handle Tim Novak in the 140-pound bout, losing to the two-time defending 3A-4A state champion, 8-4.
Kiler stepped up to 140 from his usual 135-pound division in an attempt to beat Novak.
Novak jumped off to an 8-0 lead before tiring and allowing Kiler to close the gap to 8-4. But Kiler simply ran out of time.
The Kiler loss dropped North Carroll behind, 21-9.
Even though Hott pinned Frederick's Jeff Curran in 54 seconds at 145 pounds, the Cadets stormed back to clinch at least a match tie when Will Sheetz decisioned North Carroll's Jason Simons, 3-2, at 171 pounds. The Sheetz decision gave Frederick (2-0) a 30-18 lead with two bouts left.
North Carroll needed pins from Brian Seabrease and Bill Beltz to gain a tie, but Seabrease was decisioned, 5-2, by the Marco Sulmonte at 189 for a 33-18 advantage.
Beltz stormed on to the mat for his heavyweight bout, and he pinned Scott Laliberte in 20 seconds.