Frederick trounces Westminster

January 11, 1995|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

The timing was not right for the Westminster wrestling team last night.

Just three days after losing an emotional match to South Carroll, the Owls ran into a strong Frederick squad and the outcome was not very pretty.

The Cadets, 3-0 and winners of the Garry Trott tournament last weekend at Fallston, defeated Westminster, 42-15, in Westminster.

"My wrestlers didn't know Frederick was that good and I as a coach didn't know they were that good," said Westminster coach Henry Mohlhenrich. "But now we know why they beat North Carroll [33-24] last week."

Frederick is the defending 3A-4A dual-meet champion, and it has added a lot of young talent to join veterans such as two-time state champion Tim Novak at 140 pounds.

Novak won a major decision, 14-3, over Charlie Minor last night.

The Cadets bolted to a 36-3 lead before Westminster (4-4-1) barely knew what had happened.

It all began on a high note for the visitors when sophomore Dustin Bane (9-1) held off Westminster freshman Bobby Biden (14-2) for a 6-5 decision in the 103-pound bout.

Biden had not been beaten since the finals of the Annapolis tournament Dec. 10, winning 10 straight matches before running into Bane.

Biden nearly gained a 6-6 tie to force overtime with Bane, but the buzzer sounded a split second before the referee was prepared to give him two points for a reversal.

Biden was trailing, 6-4, in the final seconds and was awarded onepoint.

"If time had not run out, Bobby would have had the reversal," said Mohlhenrich.

"I was surprised Bobby lost. I think he was a little overconfident. He tried a few moves that weren't working and he kept trying to force those moves instead of going to something else. Maybe this loss will help him in the long run."

The Owls didn't win a bout until Matt Warner decisioned Lonnie Bane, 4-3, at 130.

Westminster then had to wait until Justin Hare pinned Will Sheetz in 45 seconds at 171, and Jed Harris pinned Scott Laliberte in 1:48 in the heavyweight bout before having anything else to celebrate.

With the Frederick pounding after last Saturday's 32-31 loss to South Carroll after the Owls had led, 31-16, Mohlhenrich said his team will try to begin regrouping tomorrow in a tri-meet against Dulaney and Overlea.

"After that tri-meet we have eight days off to get ready for the stretch drive," said Mohlhenrich.

Frederick coach Andre Jackson said the Dustin Bane victory was very important.

"We knew Dustin was in for a tough match and when he won, everything started to snowball for us," he said. "But I believe Westminster has come a long way and will only get better."

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