North Carroll overpowers Westminster

January 25, 1995|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

The North Carroll wrestling team sent a message to Francis Scott Key last night.

"Don't count us out yet" were the words the seventh-ranked Panthers delivered to the second-ranked Eagles after North Carroll scored a 40-15 victory over host Westminster High.

The win sends perennial county champion North Carroll, which has struggled a little lately, against Key Feb. 1 for the county dual-match championship.

North Carroll is 3-0 in the county and 10-2 overall, and Key is 3-1 in the county and 12-1 overall.

The Eagles defeated Westminster, 47-18, in a dual match earlier in the season.

North Carroll's Corey Rill said: "This shows we're ready for any team in the county and anybody in the state. It will be a close match against Key."

With his team down, 12-3, after three bouts last night, Rill got the adrenalin flowing for North Carroll when he pinned Matt Warner in 3:58 at 125 pounds.

The Rill pin closed the gap to 12-9 and sent the Panthers on a run that mounted the visitors' lead to 40-12 going into the final bout.

Westminster ended the strong North Carroll surge with a Jed Harris decision over Jeremy Britton, 8-3, in the heavyweight class.

The Harris win and pins by Bobby Biden at 103 and Grant Lindsay at 112 were about all the Owls (5-6-1) had to cheer about last night.

Biden pinned Travis Miller in 3:02 to run his record to 20-4, and Lindsay scored a fall over Brad Hewitt in 3:46.

The early 12-0 Westminster lead was wiped out by 10 straight wins by North Carroll.

"We're becoming more self-motivated than we were," said North Carroll coach Bryan Wetzel.

"Corey Rill was superb in his match, Gene Phillips [10-4 decision over Charlie Minor] wrestled tough and Adam Boog came through with a quick pin [2:58 over Pat Heinz]. Also Tommy Kiler [4:46 pin over Steve Hoff] is coming back strong after being sick for a while."

Former North Carroll coach Dick Bauerlein, who watched the match, said: "North Carroll showed some new intensity. Corey got it all started for them."

Westminster coach Henry Mohlhenrich had hoped for a lot more points out of the upper weight classes even though the Owls have been weak in those categories throughout the season.

"Actually, believe it or not, I thought we'd do a lot better in the higher weight classes," said Mohlhenrich. "We're weak and so are they in the upper weights, so I figured we'd get many more than just three points."

Mohlhenrich said it was kind of obvious that "we stunk out the joint tonight. I don't know if this means that South Carroll just had a bad night against us or we wrestled above our heads in that one."

Ninth-ranked South Carroll needed three pins and a major decision in the final four bouts to defeat Westminster by one point three weeks ago.

That close call had Mohlhenrich and the Owls' faithful believing they might be ready to join the Cavaliers, Key and North Carroll at the top level in the county.

But it hasn't happened yet.

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