Westminster can't overcome Northern-C in state semifinal Frederick wins 3A-4A dual meet championship

February 11, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The Westminster Owls knew they would have to come from behind in yesterday's Class 3A-4A dual state meet semifinal against Northern-Calvert.

As things turned out, it was a little too far behind.

The Owls (12-5) surrendered three pins in the first three matches and didn't have enough to overcome the deficit, dropping a 33-24 decision to the Patriots at Howard High School.

In the final, Northern-Calvert again jumped out to a similar lead against Central Maryland Conference power Frederick, but couldn't hang on as the Cadets rattled off eight straight matches to come away with a 33-28 win.

Westminster coach Henry Mohlhenrich and his Owls heard all about the Patriots' first three wrestlers -- Paul Bevard, Jason Gabrielson and Eric Miller. Bevard is ranked No. 1 in the state at 103 with Gabrielson (112) and Miller (119) are both second-ranked in the state. All came in undefeated.

"They earned their rankings, they were as good as I heard. We knew they were strong at the lower weights and fully expected to be behind," Mohlhenrich said. "We were hoping they wouldn't be pins, but even so thought we could come back."

The momentum started to shift at 135 when Westminster's Jay Andrews pinned Dominic Seali in the second period to get the Owls within 21-9.

Jared Brown (140) and Charlie Minor (145) followed with decision wins to get the Owls within six at 21-15.

The early deficit left little room for error and the Owls found that out at 152 when John Gray pinned Westminster's Jim Sharkey in the second period. Sean Stone clinched the match at 189 with a decision over Jason Hare.

"It was a heckuva year," said Hare. "We came into the region as the fourth seed, upset No. 1 Dulaney and went on to win it to get here."

At the start of the season, the Owls were just looking to qualify for regionals, but as the season grew on, expectations grew as well.

"It was good to just be here. Each week we looked a little better and progressed a little further," Mohlhenrich said.

"There's no sour grapes for me. It's been a great season and bTC there's still a lot left, so we'll keep working hard and go back home and try to win the county."

What Westminster couldn't do, Frederick did in winning the Class 3A-4A state title.

Northern-Calvert had a 16-0 lead before Frederick responded in a big way.

Included in Frederick's eight-match run were pins by Billy Wynne (135) and Keith Patterson (152). The upset of the match came at 130 when Chris Davis scored a 6-4 decision over Northern-Calvert's Paul Hayden, who came in ranked third in the state.

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