Westminster stops Key for first title in 10 years North Carroll's Kiler wins his 4th county crown

February 18, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

There was a little bit for everyone at yesterday's Carroll County tournament at South Carroll. But in the end, the night belonged to the Westminster Owls, who edged runner-up Francis Scott Key, 144-140, to win their first team title in 10 years.

The Owls took a slim lead into the finals and were able to maintain it behind county titles from Jimmy Reiter, Bobby Biden and Grant Lindsay.

"This is the first time in 10 years, it's nice to get the Owl Pride back," said Westminster coach Henry Mohlhenrich.

The Owls clinched the team title at 189 pounds when Liberty's Scott Taylor scored an 8-5 decision over Bobby Bollinger of Key.

Along the way, North Carroll's Tom Kiler (18-0, 145) won his fourth county title with a major decision over Westminster's Charlie Minor and South Carroll's Mike Chenoweth (23-0 at 171) and Charlie Conaway (24-0 at 160) remained unbeaten with major decisions.

It was the third county title for Chenoweth, who also will be going after his third straight state title.

Only 11 points separated Westminster, Key and South Carroll going into the finals and each team had seven wrestlers advance to that stage.

Westminster, which had a five-point lead over Key, set the tone early.

Reiter, a sophomore, claimed a 3-0 decision over Key's Mark Mandell at 103 to win his first county title. Reiter came up with three back points with 20 seconds left in the third period to avenge two regular-season losses to Mandell.

Biden followed with a 12-4 major decision over South Carroll's Tim Hymiller at 112 for the Owls. Lindsay continued the trend for Westminster with a tough 2-0 decision over South Carroll's Chris Heard. Early in the season, Heard scored an easy 9-0 major decision over Lindsay.

"We knew we had to work hard for it. Jimmy and I had to beat guys we lost to in the beginning of the year," Lindsay said. "Working hard pays off. Before, we didn't always see that, but now we do."

Said Mohlhenrich: "Every week we got better and better and seemed to do something good. Jimmy Reiter lost twice to [Liberty's Mark Richard] and twice to [Mandell] -- I'm ecstatic for him. Grant goes out three or four weeks ago and loses [against Heard] and wins tonight, he just got a little meaner."

Key kept it tight with county titles going to Ryan Etzler (130), Tim Beale (140) and Tony Cahoon (152), but the Eagles didn't have quite enough.

"I said earlier in the week it was too close to call and the scores of the top three today indicated that," said Eagles coach Bill Hyson. "Each three had seven finalists, you can't get any closer."

Liberty's Kevin Jeffress (125) won his first county title with a 1-0 decision over Key's Jason Hooper on a third-period escape. Dameon Davis (135) and heavyweight Ben Fleming won county titles for North Carroll.

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