Old Mill roughs up N. Carroll in 60-9 win DeCosmo's pin at 103 fuels rout by Patriots

January 14, 1998|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Last night's match between No. 10 ranked Old Mill and visiting North Carroll was only halfway through when a young Old Mill supporter yelled: "Where's the competition?"

North Carroll coach Bryan Wetzel glared in the direction of the inquiring fan momentarily, then went back to staring at the floor.

It was that kind of night for the Panthers.

Old Mill scored nearly every way possible -- pins, forfeits, major decisions and a technical fall -- en route to a 60-9 victory over North Carroll.

"It was a rough night," said Wetzel, after watching his team fall to 4-2 in dual-meet competition. "I knew coming down here that it was going to be difficult for us to overcome Old Mill but I didn't think they would whip us like they did."

The opening match provided the most drama and suspense and ended with Old Mill freshman Adam DeCosmo pinning Franny Jackson, the state's fourth-ranked 103-pounder, with 26 seconds left.

"I got beat by [Chesapeake's] Jeff Eveleth in overtime last week so I was looking forward to getting back on track tonight," said DeCosmo (17-5). "I knew when I had him at the end it was then or never."

"I think Adam's pin was the reason we did so well tonight," said Old Mill coach Mike Hampe. "That [pin] deflated their team and gave us a lift. From there, we got on a roll."

Eric Hill kept the Patriots (6-1) going by pinning his 112-pound opponent with 1: 01 left in the second period.

Josh Liston (125) and Dave Hicks (135) sandwich pins around Chris DeAdder's 10-2 major decision over Wyatt Deiaco to put Old Mill comfortably ahead at the midway point, 34-0.

Rich Sampson's 15-0 victory over Mike Bezanson in the 140-pound weight class mathematically eliminated North Carroll's chances of upsetting the Patriots and Eric DeCosmo's first-period pin at 152 gave Old Mill a 48-0 lead.

Alan Hughes (160) put North Carroll on the scoreboard with a 9-5 win over Tom Hultgren and Adam Boog, the state's No. 5 ranked 171-pounder, need just 47 seconds to pin his opponent.

Old Mill closed out the match on an up note as Derrick Dawson recorded a pin in 56 seconds and heavyweight Dave Kim was awarded a forfeit.

"With my shoulder surgery I have missed a lot of the season but my assistants have done an outstanding job of getting this team prepared," said Hampe, referring to assistant coaches Jay Braunstein, Vern Hines and Ken Ledbetter.

"The way we're wrestling now, I may have to take another week off," he said, smiling. "Maybe I'll go to Disney World."

Pub Date: 1/14/98

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