Carroll County team previews Local Sports: Wrestling Previews

December 05, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham

Francis Scott Key Eagles

1995-96 record: 16-1

Coach: Bill Hyson

Top wrestlers: Mark Mandell, Jr., 112/119; Matt Yinger, Jr., 130; Tim Beale, Jr., 140; Brett Cowan, Sr., 160; Ryan Roach, Sr., 171; Bobby Bollinger, Sr., 189; Mark Plank, Sr., heavyweight.

Outlook: Consistency from top to bottom will once again be the forte of the Eagles, who won their third straight Class 1A-2A region title a year ago. Then, a big question going into the season was their inexperience at the upper weights. Cowan (21-11), Roach (18-12), Bollinger (25-8) and Plank (25-8) provided answers with solid seasons and are the backbone of this year's team. Mandell, who finished 25-11 and won a region title at 103 last season, will move up to 112 and 119 this season. A full season from standout Matt Yinger, a first-team All-County selection as a freshman who missed the second half of last season because of academics, will provide a huge lift.

Liberty Lions

1995-96 record: 9-8

Coach: Jeff Hash

Top wrestlers: Mark Richard, So., 119; Mike Saylor, Jr., 171; Jesse Stank, Fr., 125; Zack Cox, Sr., 130.

Outlook: The Lions put together a solid 1995-96 season with senior Kevin Jeffress capping it with an individual state title. Now, it's back to the drawing board for Hash. The Lions return only two wrestlers -- Richard and Saylor -- with winning records. Richard, 18-11 as a freshman at 103, will jump to 119 this season, while Saylor (16-16 at 160) will wrestle at 171 this year. "Mark had a real successful freshman season [and will] be running into some stronger kids, but he'll provide a spark for us in the lower weights," Hash said. "I'm expecting the same from Mike at the higher weights." Cox, who spent his freshman and sophomore years wrestling in the Warriors' junior league program, will get his first look at varsity competition after injury took away his junior year. Hash also is expecting big things from Stank, also up from the Warriors program. Junior James Haran (135), senior Edgewood transfer Ron Crowe (152), sophomore Linden Brengle (160) and senior Tres Johnson (189) should all progress throughout the season.

North Carroll Panthers

1995-96 record: 7-3-1

Coach: Bryan Wetzel

Top wrestlers: Dameon Davis, Sr., 135; Adam Boog, Jr., 160; Brad Hewitt, Sr., 112; Ben Fleming, Jr., heavyweight.

Outlook: There's a big change in the Panthers' practice room and Wetzel likes what he's seeing. "Compared to last year, there's a different work ethic, and the atmosphere is 100 percent better. Everything is positive, and it makes a huge difference," he said. Davis, Boog, Fleming and Hewitt should provide points on a regular basis for the Panthers, and Wetzel also is looking for big things from senior Joe Hughes at 171. Sophomore Wyatt Deiaco (119) started as a freshman last year and continues to develop. Junior Travis Miller also returns with varsity experience and has improved. Sophomore newcomers Mike Brown (140) and Anton Enrique (189) can make an immediate impact. "We should be all right. I expect better consistency and have good kids who will give me all they have," Wetzel said.

South Carroll Cavaliers

1995-96 record: 8-3-1

Coach: Pete Olson

Top wrestlers: Tim Hymiller, Sr., 119; Mike Muller, So., 145; Jason Hamper, Sr., 160; Andy Mann, Sr., 171; Tom Crown, Jr., heavyweight.

Outlook: No county team was hit harder by graduation than the Cavaliers, who lost two state champs and two other standouts. Muller and Hamper are proven wrestlers who Olson can expect to get points almost every time out. After that, the Cavaliers have some seniors with a taste of varsity experience who have to step up, among them Nick Myers, Scott Wachter, Brian Douglas, Ken Lynch-Warntz, Mann and Hymiller. Hymiller, who qualified for the region tournament before an injury ended his season a year ago, will anchor the lower weights. Crown is coming off a solid season in football, and Olson hopes that confidence gained can carry over to the mat. Jerry Little, longtime coach for the Warriors' junior league team, which has helped develop state champs Chenoweth, Conaway and others, is now a Cavaliers assistant.

Westminster Owls

1995-96 record: 12-5

Coach: Henry Mohlhenrich

Top wrestlers: Bobby Biden, Jr., 112/119; Grant Lindsay, Sr., 119/125; Tim Sharkey, Sr., 130; Dave Spicer, Sr., 140; Ray Henry, Sr., 189.

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