Old Mill out-duels N. Carroll

January 20, 1995|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

Old Mill's 33-19 win over North Carroll didn't depict the kind of close match it was in Hampstead last night.

At one point, there were seven straight decisions, including two that went into overtime and another that was decided in the last seconds.

The No. 3 Patriots (9-0) didn't pull away until Eric Donoway pinned Jason Simons at 171 pounds, giving them a 27-15 lead. They clinched at 189 when Dan Patterson got six points on a forfeit with North Carroll's Brian Seabrease nursing a separated shoulder.

The strong competition is something Old Mill coach Mike Hampe and his Patriots have come to expect when visiting No. 5 North Carroll. They wouldn't have it any other way.

"It's always tough up here," Hampe said. "It's also always good for us. We like to get together with North Carroll because they are always so tough. It's a great test for us and you don't know where you stand until you test yourself."

Brandon Croghan got things started for Old Mill with a pin against Brad Hewitt at 103. The six points were big with the next seven matches all decisions. The last, a 7-5 win by Old Mill's Mike Dileonardi over Eric Hott at 145 gave the Patriots a 15-12 lead.

Mike Hines followed with a pin of Eric Giffi at 152 to give Patriots a 21-12 lead.

There were plenty of tight matches in between.

North Carroll's Adam Boog scored a 7-5 win over Tim Patterson at 125 with a two-point reversal in the third period. Corey Rill and Nick Basta went into two overtimes at 130 before Rill came away with the decision. Basta had to take injury time on two occasions but kept coming back at Rill.

And one of the turning points for Old Mill came at 135 where Paul Hultgren came away with a 6-2 win over Tom Kiler. It gave the Patriots a 12-9 lead in a spot North Carroll was looking for points.

"What a lift," Hampe said. "I have the greatest amount of respect for [Kiler] and that win was impressive and big for the rest of the kids."

Jason Elmo, replacing the injured Gene Phillips at 140, came back for North Carroll (8-2) with an overtime decision over Mike George to tie the score at 12. Elmo's two-point takedown with 45 seconds left in the overtime session snapped a 1-1 tie.

But Dileonardi answered with the decision win and Hines' pin gave the

Patriots the nine-point lead.

For North Carroll first-year coach Bryan Wetzel, it was simply a case of things not going his Panthers' way.

"Going in, I thought we'd be fine because they were coming straight at us and not bumping anyone around," he said. "They beat our tough guys who we thought would win. They were very well prepared and the ball rolled their way."

North Carroll heavyweight Bill Beltz closed out the match with a 13-2 major decision over Chris Riggin. Aside from the forfeit at 189, it was the only match not decided by pin or decision.

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