Beltz leads North Carroll over South Carroll, 31-29

January 13, 1995|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

South Carroll heavyweight Dan McKennie stood alone -- exhausted and heartbroken -- in the middle of the North Carroll mat last night before coach Pete Olson came over to console him.

North Carroll heavyweight Bill Beltz -- red-faced and just as exhausted -- was at the far end of the gym being mobbed by his Panther teammates.

The visiting Cavaliers, ranked 11th in the metro area, took a four-point lead going into the final bout and any thoughts of a technical fall by Beltz -- which would have given the No. 5 Panthers the win -- were gone by the third period.

The first minute of the third found Beltz holding a 9-8 lead and then, with 40 seconds left, Beltz got McKennie on his back. Fifteen seconds later, the referee signaled victory for Beltz.

Beltz' pin gave the Panthers a 31-29 win over the Cavaliers and completed the sweep as they rolled past Centennial, 49-15, in the opener of their double-dual meet in Hampstead.

"At the end of the second period I was dead tired and light-headed. I knew I had to take him down, but I didn't know how to do it," Beltz said. "His head was hanging on the side so I got him in a headlock and just squeezed as hard as I could. Dan wrestled so tough."

A little more than a minute's worth of South Carroll's Mike Chenoweth and Steve Yokay set the stage for the heavyweight match. The Cavaliers trailed 25-17 when Chenoweth, a defending state champ, needed 50 seconds to pin North Carroll's Jason Simons at 171. Yokay followed and needed just 22 seconds to get past Brian Seebrease at 189.

Beltz took a 2-0 lead after one and increased it to 4-0 midway through the second period before McKennie came back strong with a takedown and three back points for a 5-4 lead.

"I thought it was over," said North Carroll first-year coach Brian Wetzel. "After the second period, I didn't think Bill was going to be able to get the fall. Bill Beltz came up big and showed 100 percent heart."

It was McKennie who needed and got a pin on Saturday against Westminster to give the Cavaliers a one-point win.

"I told him I loved him and he gave me a great effort and he's still the man," Olson said he told McKennie after the match.

There was talk going into the season, it would be a three-way battle for county supremacy with South Carroll emerging as one of the elite along with mainstay Francis Scott Key and the Panthers. The Cavs showed they belonged last night.

"It was fun," said Olson. "We felt if we could keep it close down low, we'd be in good shape. We were there, but didn't do it and until we do, it's just almost. They know us and we'll be back."

In the opener, Centennial stayed close with North Carroll in the early going before the Panthers took control in the middle weights.

Corey Rill got North Carroll on track with a major decision over Kevin Heywood at 130 and the Panthers won the final eight bouts.

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