F.S. Key wins 1A-2A West, will send 10 to state event Yinger takes title at 130

Howard, Cahoon are 2nd

March 02, 1997|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

HAGERSTOWN -- To get an idea of just how far Francis Scott Key has come this season after an uncharacteristic 2-3 start, a look at this weekend's accomplishments at North Hagerstown High provides some answers.

By coasting to their fourth straight Class 1A-2A West region title yesterday, by a 160.5-144.5 margin over second-place Southern-Garrett, the No. 14-ranked Eagles will send 10 wrestlers to next weekend's state tournament at Western Maryland College.

It was the workmanlike, efficient manner the Eagles went about their business that was most impressive.

Their only region champ was junior Matt Yinger, who scored an overtime takedown against Williamsport's Joe Burger to come away with a 6-4 decision in the 130-pound class.

At 112, sophomore Ronnie Howard did all he could do against North Hagerstown's Richie Dean before falling in the second overtime on criteria. With the match tied at 3-3 after the first overtime period, Howard elected to take the bottom for the second overtime, thus needing an escape to win. Dean was able to hold off Howard to take the win.

The Eagles' third finalist, junior Steve Cahoon, had to get through a pigtail match to get into the field at 140. After three wins, his bid for a region title fell short when Northern-Garrett's Jimmy Green came away with a 9-4 decision in the final, avenging a first-period pin by Cahoon at the dual-meet regionals a couple of weeks ago.

Cahoon, who missed three weeks with a broken nose early in the season, had a 15-match win streak end with the loss.

Also impressive were Key's four seniors -- 160-pounder Brett Cowan, 171-pounder Ryan Roach, 189-pounder Bobby Bollinger and heavyweight Mark Plank -- who all won third-place consolations.

"The kids have a good feeling. The seniors have a chance to advance together and everyone has kind of pulled together," said Key coach Bill Hyson. "They have good confidence in themselves and know anything can happen if they wrestle tough."

Clint Day, Tim Beale and Billy Null -- all fourth-place finishers -- also will represent the Eagles next weekend at states.

The best match of the finals was Yinger's overtime decision against Burger.

Trailing 3-2 late in the third period, Yinger (29-2) took the lead with a takedown before Burger tied the match at 4-4 on an escape with 20 seconds left. Burger appeared to be in position to get the deciding takedown in overtime before Yinger turned on him to get the decision with 10 seconds left.

"Burger was real good, real quick on his feet and good on the bottom," Yinger said. "He was going hard all six minutes. It's good to see someone like that before states."

Howard was disappointed with the outcome against Dean, but pleased to have reached the final in his first varsity season.

After tying the match with an escape late in the third period, Howard came close to getting the pivotal escape a number of times in the second overtime period, but couldn't pull it out.

Pub Date: 3/02/97

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