Just two days after its 37-31 upset loss to South Carroll, Francis Scott Key exacted revenge in Saturday's 12-team South Hagerstown Tournament, which included two teams from West Virginia and one from Pennsylvania.
The third-ranked Eagles, coached by Bill Hyson, amassed 241.5 points compared to runner-up Jefferson, W.Va. (198), sixth-ranked North Carroll (183.5) and ninth-ranked South Carroll (163.5). It sets up an interesting showdown Wednesday night when Francis Scott Key travels to North Carroll, the defending county champ.
Six of Hyson's wrestlers reached the title round, with Ryan Etzler (119 pounds, 17-1), two-time state champ Randy Owings (140, 21-1) and state champ Zac Yinger (145, 20-0) winning their bouts, and runner-up finishes from Steve Lessard (19-2), J. T. Chiaruttini (152, 9-2) and Bobby Buntin (160).
Yinger, ranked No. 1 in the state at 152 pounds, dropped to 145 for the first time this season. He had the easiest time of the Eagles' three champs, bouncing his title-bout opponent from James Buchannan (Pa.) by 17-4.
Etzler edged North Carroll's Damon Davis, 7-4, in his title bout but likely will have to beat him again in a couple of days. Owings, ranked No. 3 in the state, blanked South Hagerstown's tough Phil Walters, who was a regional runner-up last year.
Lessard dropped a 4-2 decision to Jefferson's (W.Va.) John Jackson, and Buntin was pinned by Williamsport's state runner-up Troy Straightiff -- an earlier 9-0 loser to Yinger.
Davis was one of four North Carroll wrestlers to reach the championship round, with the other three finalists -- Corey Rill (125), Tommy Kiler (135) and Bill Beltz (189) -- all winning titles.
Rill and Beltz are wrestling well since bumping down from 130 pounds and heavyweight, respectively.
Rill's 3-2 title-bout decision came over Riverdale Baptist's Mike Pecha, who placed fifth in last year's National Preps Tournament at Lehigh University.
Kiler's title-bout decision came by 7-1 over South Carroll's Kevin Sakalas, and Beltz hammered his opponent from Jefferson, 17-6.
South Carroll's sixth-ranked state champ Mike Chenoweth (171) was the only other South Carroll wrestler in the finals, and as usual, he spent little time on the mat. He pinned his opponent from James Buchannan in 3 minutes, 34 seconds.
Six placed third for South Carroll: Tim Hymiller (103), Dan Alberter (125), Dan Peiffer (130), Eric Giffi (152), Charley Cunaway (160) and Steve Yokay (189).
Third-place for Francis Scott Key was Tony Kahoon (135), and fourth place were Jason Fogus (103), Matt Yinger (112), Jason Hooper (125) and Bobby Bollinger (189).
North Carroll's Eric Hott (145) finished third, while Adam Boog (130) and Colin Eustler (160) had fourth-place finishes.
In a match between wrestlers from outside the area, but interesting nonetheless since both are ranked in the state, Riverdale Baptist's No. 2-ranked Mike Toro (112) pounded Williamsport's fourth-ranked Billy.