Newcomers give small Key big lift in wrestling Carroll notebook

December 17, 1997|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Before the wrestling season started, Francis Scott Key was ranked No. 5 in the state Class 1A-2A, but improvement was seen as depending upon the need for some of its unproven candidates to emerge.

Pressed into service because of injuries to several veterans, notably county champions Matt Yinger and Steve Cahoon, several newcomers have responded. The Eagles placed 10th in the talent-laden Annapolis tournament, and defeated Liberty and Catoctin in dual meets.

The team will get it most stern dual competition to date when it is home against Westminster at 7 p.m. tomorrow. The Owls, preseason No. 4 in Class 3A-4A, were fifth in the Annapolis tournament and are 5-0 in dual meets.

Last year, Key saw an end to a string of successes against Westminster, but the setback was its only loss to a county team and the Eagles went on to win eight of their final nine matches.

"We don't schedule competition if we don't assume we'll do well," Key coach Bill Hyson said. "That's something we try to impress on our wrestlers, and it's neat to be competitive in the county, given our enrollment."

Even though the Unionville school has moved from Class 1A to 2A this year, it is still the smallest public high school in the county.

Key may not be at full strength. Injuries have hampered Yinger, bTC Cahoon and Ronnie Howard, who was hurt in last week's match against Catoctin.

Among those who have stepped up, particularly in the lower weights, are Mark Mandell, Clint Day, Chris Lagunas, Justin Stambaugh, Tim Beale and Jason Wiles.

Hyson says Wiles (189), third at Annapolis and 5-2 overall, has been wrestling well and this early showing might be the boost toward having a good year. A senior, he had been solid the past two years but could not get past veteran teammates.

Lagunas, a junior, has had Yinger and Cahoon ahead of him in the past, but he is now getting a chance. He is another who has responded well to the challenge, placing sixth at Annapolis and saving key points at Catoctin.

In what turned out to be a critical match against Chad DeWees, Lagunas had the strength to avoid a pin.

The difference in points (three for a decision compared to six for a pin) was reflected in the final 37-34 Key victory. Eric Wilhide (171) clinched the decision with a pin.

"That [difference] is a really important thing that we emphasize in our team concept," Hyson said.

Others top performers include Stambaugh, a junior, 2-0 in duals; Day, a junior, third at Annapolis and 6-1 overall; and Mandell and Beale, who have won two dual matches apiece with pins.

Key tournament update

Eight schools are entered in the 30th Francis Scott Key Christmas wrestling tournament to be held Dec. 29. Varsity and junior varsity competitions will run concurrently, beginning at 11 a.m.

In addition to the host team, others scheduled are Bel Air, Catoctin, Eleanor Roosevelt, Glenelg, Long Reach, North Hagerstown and Old Mill.

Hyson is encouraging former Key wrestlers to support the event, and special arrangements will be made for them. Those who plan on attending are asked to call either Hyson or Leo Totten at the school, 401-751-3320.

Western Maryland

Katie Haley moved into second place in career points for the women's basketball team when she scored 13 in Saturday's 68-63 loss at Susquehanna.

Her total is 1,303, second only to the 1,577 by Cindy Boyer (1984-87). In the process, Haley, a 5-foot-11 senior and a first-team All-Centennial Conference selection last year, moved past her coach, Becky Martin (1,299), and Barb Wolf (1,300).

She leads the Green Terror (5-2) in scoring (18.7 ppg) and rebounding (10 rpg).

Senior Will Marshall, backed by five successive games of scoring 20 or more points, is averaging 24.3 ppg. and moved into fifth place in career points (1,309) for men.

The Division III Green Terror (4-3) will play its only game against a Division I opponent Saturday at UMBC. The Retrievers (2-5) will be playing their second game of the season against a Centennial Conference school. They earlier defeated Washington College, 87-79.

Pub Date: 12/17/97

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