Frederick stuns North Carroll with 48-6 win

January 04, 1996|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

After watching his team win its first three matches of the season, North Carroll coach Bryan Wetzel thought last night's match with Frederick would be another good test.

But Frederick -- ranked sixth in the state -- got the high marks, winning the first six matches and 11 of 13 overall on the way to a 48-6 victory over host North Carroll in a Central Maryland Conference battle.

North Carroll (3-1, 0-1) lost a close match to Frederick last year, and Wetzel said he anticipated another close duel. But when it was over, all he could do was shake his head.

"That definitely wasn't typical North Carroll wrestling," said Wetzel.

The Panthers hadn't wrestled competitively in over two weeks and seemed to run out of gas at times in the third period, losing four of the matches alone in the final period.

"We practiced 2 1/2 hours a day over the Christmas break," said Wetzel. "There was no reason for us to look like that in the third period."

Sparked by two comeback victories, Frederick (3-1, 1-0) jumped to a 24-0 lead and later clinched the match after Rick Reeder (160 pounds) pinned Matt Rittler of North Carroll.

Rocky Semon (103) gave Frederick a big victory in the night's first match. Brad Hewitt of North Carroll seemed in control when he reversed Semon for an 8-3 lead with 59 seconds left.

But Semon suddenly put Hewitt on his back 10 seconds later and pinned him with 29 seconds remaining, a nine-point swing that seemed to spark Frederick and shock North Carroll.

"That set the tone for us," said Frederick coach Andre Jackson. "We tell them that as long as you're still wrestling you can win, and the kid didn't quit."

After Ivan Zdanov (112) and Kevin Ferraro (119) each scored decisions for Frederick, teammate Dustin Bane (125) followed with another big come-from-behind victory.

Trailing, 5-1, in the second period against Dameon Davis, a reversal and two back points tied the match with one second left in the period. Bane's reversal with 1:24 left in the match then gave him the 7-5 victory.

Christian Davis (130) won by technical fall, and Billy Wynne (135) stretched the Frederick lead to 24-0 with a 12-4 decision over Tim Parry.

Tommy Kiler (140) finally got a victory for North Carroll with a 13-5 decision over Shane Hildebrande, but Bo Harper (145) of Frederick answered by topping Adam Boog, 7-2. Reeder followed with his match-clinching pin.

The only other North Carroll victory came from heavyweight Ben Fleming, who defeated Andy Mullen, 13-6. Fleming wrestled aggressively, leading most of the way.

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