Key handles North Carroll, 39-18 No. 6 Eagles improve to 11-0 on the season

February 01, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

This season's North Carroll-Francis Scott Key showdown didn't have quite the same luster previous battles have had.

Key, ranked sixth in the metro area, quietly won the Carroll County title Monday with North Carroll's tie against South Carroll.

So the Eagles were looking to put an exclamation point on matters and did just that with a solid 39-18 win over visiting North Carroll last night in Uniontown.

The Eagles improved to 11-0 and finished 4-0 in the county for the first time since 1990.

As has been the case all season, Key coach Bill Hyson got a strong effort from his senior co-captains Jason Hooper and Ryan Etzler, and good balance from his young wrestlers scattered up and down the lineup.

Hooper earned a tough 3-2 decision over North Carroll's Dameon Davis at 125 pounds and Etzler followed with a second-period pin over Ralph Henry at 130 to help give the Eagles a 17-3 lead, but they weren't through.

Tim Beale came from behind to pin Tim Parry at 135 and the Eagles eventually got the clincher with Bobby Bollinger's major decision over Joe Hughes at 189.

There were questions going into the season about how the Eagles would fare after the departure of state champs Zac Yinger and Randy Owings. All those questions have been answered in a big way.

"A lot of people wondered what the team would be like without Randy and Zac. Here we are undefeated in the county for the first time since 1990," Hooper said.

"We were up for it tonight and knew [North Carroll] would be hyped up. We wrestled very well as a team. The young guys are all doing their job."

Added Hyson: "A lot of people looked at what we lost instead of what we had coming back."

The match was somewhat closer than the final score showed. North Carroll came in a little banged up with Matt Rittler out of the lineup at 145 and coach Bryan Wetzel said another big difference was the Panthers getting caught on their backs.

"We gave up too many pins and little things add up," Wetzel said. "You can't take anything away from Key. They're a tough team."

Key finished with four pins with Mark Plank closing the night out with a pin of Ben Fleming in the opening minute of the heavyweight match.

Hooper's one-point decision over Davis was a big early swing match. The match was delayed on a number of occasions. Hooper said after the match he broke his nose. A takedown in the early part of the third period gave Hooper a 3-1 lead. An escape from Davis cut the lead to 3-2 and he almost scored a late takedown, but was out of bounds and not awarded the points.

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