Cavs, Panthers settle nothing with 32-32 tie Heavyweight's decision pulls North Carroll even

January 30, 1996|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,Staff Writer

There were a few ways to look at last night's 32-32 tie between county rivals South Carroll and North Carroll.

Despite the solid effort, there may have been a bit of disappointment on the South Carroll side. It was the last home match for a fine group of seniors that had never beaten the Panthers before.

For the visiting the Panthers, it was a good tie on the road against a No. 9 South Carroll team that placed ahead of them at South Hagerstown's Rebel Invitational over the weekend. The Cavaliers finished second with the Panthers just three points behind.

North Carroll went into the heavyweight match trailing by three when Ben Fleming came away with a 5-0 decision win over South Carroll's Tom Crown to end the night right where it started -- even.

"It's not settled," said North Carroll's Colin Eutsler, who came away with a key pin over South Carroll's Andy Mann at 160.

Eutsler improved to 12-6 on the season with his late, first-period pin. It gave the Panthers (6-2-1, 0-1-1 in the county) a 29-20 lead before the Cavaliers (8-2-1, 2-1-1) came back with pins from Charlie Conaway and Mike Chenoweth to give the Cavaliers the three-point lead going into the heavyweight match. Conaway improved to 18-0 with his second-period pin of Eric Giffi at 171, while Chenoweth, also 18-0, decked Joe Hughes at 1:08 of the first period.

All the tight matches went the Panthers way. At 140, Matt Rittler came away with a 4-3 decision over South Carroll's Joe Morton. Rittler took a 4-1 lead into the third period before Morton got within one with a reversal at the 1:10 mark, but Rittler hung on the rest of the way. After Tom Kiler took a forfeit win when South Carroll elected to bring nobody out at 145, Adam Boog followed with a major decision over Jason Hamper at 152, giving the Panthers a 23-20 lead with Eutsler up next and increasing the lead with his pin.

North Carroll coach Bryan Wetzel.

South Carroll built a 20-10 lead early on, with Chris Heard (119) scoring a technical fall over Travis Miller and back-to-back pins from Dan Alberter (130 ) and Mike Muller (135).

"We were real excited with the seniors having never beaten North Carroll and really wanted to do it, but we came up a point short," said South Carroll coach Pete Olson.

"It was like what if, what if, what if, but can't they say the same thing?"

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