1994-1995 All-Carroll county Wrestling Teams

March 14, 1995|By Glenn Graham

COACH OF THE YEAR

* Bill Hyson, Francis Scott Key -- When Hyson reflects back on a season in which he won his first county tournament championship in his 15 seasons at Key, he prefers to talk about the wrestlers themselves. "What's more satisfying than anything else is how well the kids got along and supported one another. It's very rewarding," he said. Hyson's group finished the season 13-2 overall and ranked fifth in the metro area. After a number of successful seasons only to finish second behind traditional county power North Carroll, this season belonged to the Eagles. "We've strived to be in the upper echelon and I think we broke through a little this season," Hyson said. The Eagles shared the dual meet county title with North Carroll and South Carroll as each team finished with 3-1 county marks. The Eagles' only county loss came against South Carroll, but they responded. "We did a nice job overcoming adversity," Hyson said. "We came back from the South Carroll match and improved." The Eagles ran away with the Class 1A-2A West Region title before their fourth-place showing in the state tournament. "Anytime you get to the state tournament and have four kids with legitimate shots [at titles], you have to be pleased. We had two finalists [state champ Zac Yinger and runner-up Randy Owings]; it's hard not to be excited," Hyson said. "We all felt everyone made a contribution and had their place in the program," Hyson said.

WRESTLER OF THE YEAR

* Zac Yinger, Francis Scott Key, Sr., 152 -- In Yinger's freshman year, his teammates used to tease him when he put his game face on. "We called it 'The Look.' You could see it in his eyes and everybody would know when Zac was ready," said Francis Scott Key coach Bill Hyson. 'The Look' was never a laughing matter for a Yinger opponent; it always meant trouble. Yinger was flawless this season, going 34-0 with a second straight state title to his credit. His only loss in the past two seasons came last year when he got Fallston's Patrick Elliott in a spladel move and accidentally pinned himself. Both wrestlers were convinced Yinger had won before the referee raised Elliott's hand in victory. Yinger combined a quiet kind of confidence with an aggressive style to overwhelm his competition. He steamrolled by everyone and avenged the loss to Elliott with a 14-4 major decision in the state finals. Hyson realized he had someone special in Yinger when he was a freshman. "The North Carroll match as a freshman, he went up against Andy Rill, who was older and more experienced. Zac got right in with him and was staying close physically," said Hyson. "He didn't win, but it was like 'I'm here now.' He has a real physical presence on the mat." Yinger closed out a stellar career at Key with 110 wins and just 15 losses. The last two seasons, he easily swept the county, region and state titles.

THE FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE

* Bill Beltz, North Carroll, Sr., 189 -- One Thursday night best describes what Beltz meant to the North Carroll team this season. It came on Jan. 12 with visiting South Carroll on the verge of pulling off the upset. Beltz was pushed up to the heavyweight class and needed a pin or technical fall against a heavier Dan McKennie for the Panthers to win. Beltz took a slim 9-8 lead into the final period as it became evident a pin was the only way for the Panthers to escape with a team win. He responded. With 40 seconds left, Beltz got McKennie on his back and 15 seconds later got the pin. "Bill Beltz came up big and showed 100 percent heart," North Carroll coach Bryan Wetzel said shortly following the match. Beltz finished the season 28-6 with 17 pins and a county title at 189. He placed second in the region and was in the top six at states.

* Bobby Biden, Westminster, Fr., 103 -- The newcomer took the 103-pound class by storm this season with a 28-6 record that included county and region titles along with an appearance in the state tournament. His father, Randy, a former county champ at Westminster, promised Westminster coach Henry Mohlhenrich his son would crack the varsity lineup as a freshman. Bobby did just that and then some. "By the third match, you can tell who is for real. I became a believer real soon -- he's the real deal," Mohlhenrich said. "Bobby is so mature for a freshman. He goes out there with his game face on and is downright nasty. His poise and tenacity is what makes him such a good wrestler." Biden needed just 1:46 to pin South Carroll's Tim Hymiller in the finals of the county tournament.

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