Cahoon's surprise pin, sparks F.S. Key past Northern-Garrett Eagle hands 140-pound foe 1st loss in team's 39-19 win

February 13, 1997|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Steve Cahoon's first-period pin of sixth-ranked, previously undefeated Jimmy Green at 140 pounds was among five pins by the Eagles against Northern of Garrett County.

His resounding triumph helped to lift Francis Scott Key to a 39-19 victory and its third straight 1A-2A West Region dual meet crown last night at Northern of Garrett.

The Eagles (13-3), who trailed, 10-0, after the first three bouts, also got pins from Matt Yinger (130), Ryan Roach (171), Bobby Bollinger (189) and Mark Plank (heavyweight) -- the last three coming in succession in the final three bouts of the evening.

Carroll County champ Tim Beale (145), Clint Day (125) and Chris Lagunas (135) all had decisions for Francis Scott Key, which will wrestle in Saturday's 1A-2A dual meet state finals beginning at 2 p.m. at North Caroll against an opponent to be determined.

Cahoon, Roach and Bollinger all had a big nights for the Eagles, as they also pinned in the Eagles' earlier 48-20 semifinal win over Middletown.

Against Middletown, Yinger scored a technical fall, Beale, a major decision.

The Eagles were state runners-up last year, losing to defending state champ and No. 2 Hammond in the final.

Hammond wrestles at Lackey today in the 1A-2A South Region.

Class 3A-4A East: Arundel's Jeff Blachly had grown weary of the talk.

For two weeks, the sophomore, who wrestles at 189 pounds for the No. 3 Wildcats, had been dogged by the fact that his team would have lost a regular-season dual meet to No. 7 Old Mill were it not for an illegal slam call against his opponent, Ben Hines.

Last night, in an Arundel gymnasium full of boisterous, foot-stomping fans, Blachly settled the score.

Trailing, 3-2, with 17 seconds left, Blachly cradled Hines, pulling him backward for three near fall points and a 5-3 decision that helped the Wildcats to secure their second straight 3A-4A East Region dual-meet title with a 33-24 decision over the Patriots (12-3).

Arundel (14-0), ranked No. 7 in the state, will wrestle in Saturday's state finals at North Carroll beginning at noon against an opponent to be determined today.

Arundel overcame an 18-12 deficit for a 30-18 lead with two bouts left on pins by No. 6 Isaac Haertel (152, 25-1, 17 pins), a two-time state runner-up, Rob Connolly (160) and Matt Neidig (171).

Blachly clinched it.

"I used a drill that coach [Buddy Hepfer] does in practice, where you're down by a point, time's running out, you have to win," said Blachly, who neutralized a win by Old Mill's Dane Johnson (Heavyweight). "I got tired of hearing about my match with Hines."

Pub Date: 2/13/97

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