Key pins down win over Cavs Plank secures victory in heavyweight bout

January 24, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

It was appropriate Francis Scott Key's visit to South Carroll wasn't decided until the closing seconds of the final period of the last match. Both teams went the distance last night in Winfield.

In a match that had more twists than a good mystery, Francis Scott Key heavyweight Mark Plank provided the final one.

The junior pinned South Carroll sophomore Tom Crown with two seconds left in the final period -- erasing a 9-7 deficit and giving the No. 6 Eagles a 34-29 win over No. 9 South Carroll.

South Carroll went into the heavyweight match with a one-point lead after two-time state champ Mike Chenoweth pinned Key's Bobby Bollinger at 189.

Plank seemed in control much of the way, building a 6-3 lead on a takedown with 35 seconds left in the second period, but Crown battled back to tie and took the 9-7 lead with a takedown with 22 seconds left.

"It was the first time I ever went three periods," Plank said. "I knew I had to do something."

Plank got the reversal on Crown and pinned him seconds later. This is No. 1 for me -- it feels good," he said.

Said South Carroll coach Pete Olson: "My kid, Tom Crown, a month ago he would have got pinned in the first period. First year, a sophomore, he's come an extremely long way. I'm tickled. It was back and forth, back and forth."

The entire night went back and forth with Key (8-0) jumping out to a 19-3 lead before South Carroll (9-3) battled back.

Key's senior leaders provided the early lead with Jason Hooper (125) getting a second-period pin over Chris Heard.

Then came the feature match at 130 with Key's Ryan Etzler coming away with a 6-4 decision over previously unbeaten and fourth-ranked Dan Alberter. Etzler did most of the damage late in the second period when he got an escape and a takedown to take a 5-4 lead goin into the third.

"It feels good," Etzler said. "I knew coming in he was fourth in the state. Jason Hooper worked with me this week and he deserves a lot of credit for helping me. I mostly went out and wrestled my match for six minutes."

Pins by Mike Muller (135) and Joe Morton (140), and a major decision from Jason Hamper (145) quickly got South Carroll even at 19. Key's Tony Cahoon ended the South Carroll run when he pinned Josh Elder at 152.

The 160-pound match turned out to be pivotal with South Carroll having unbeatens Charlie Conaway (171) and Chenoweth (189) waiting for their turn.

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