N. Carroll is tough in clutch again Seniors shine in late going to upset F.S. Key, 36-30

January 29, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

For the second time in eight days, North Carroll got 12 points from its three heaviest weights to squeeze out a dual-meet victory against a Carroll County foe.

This time it was Alan Hughes on a decision at 171, Adam Boog on a decision at 189, and Ben Fleming on a heavyweight pin -- and the result was a 36-30 edge on homestanding Francis Scott Key last night.

A week ago, Boog stuck in a pin around a pair of decisions in a 32-30 upset of previously undefeated Westminster.

"They are three seniors, and they are my leaders," North Carroll coach Bryan Wetzel said. "I knew the match would be close, and it would come down to the heavyweight."

The No. 15-ranked Panthers (7-2) won eight matches, three on pins, and No. 14 Key (7-5) collected four pins and a forfeit for all its points. The loss was the third straight for the Eagles, who had previously lost to South Carroll and Middletown.

Hughes built a 3-0 second-period lead on Justin Barber, then held on for a 5-2 decision; Boog, ranked fifth in the state, broke a second-period tie with a reversal and went on to an 8-3 triumph over Jason Wiles. Fleming pinned Greg Frech at 3 minutes, 30 seconds.

Fleming, an experienced senior at 230, gave away some 15 pounds to sophomore Frech, who has to believe his weight class is jinxed. Although he has not been involved in all of them, this marked the fifth time a Key match has been decided at the heavyweight level.

"I knew it would come down to me -- I hate it," Fleming (13-1) said. "I was nervous going in, although I thought I could pin him. We had not met before, and he was better than I expected."

Wetzel bumped up Hughes (from 160) and Boog (from 171), rather than have them at their normal weights and forfeit at 189.

"Wiles is a big, strong kid, and Adam was giving up 18 pounds, but when he took him down [in the first period] he realized he could do it," Wetzel said.

"For the second straight match, in addition to Fleming, Ross Bell had a key win for us. He's a freshman and he is learning and developing."

Bell narrowly avoided a first-period pin, then was able to put down Matt Wilson at 4: 30 at 112 pounds. He had come into the night with a 6-12 record, and the score was tied at 8 when he scored the pin.

Against Westminster last week, Bell had held off Adam Tenney, 6-5.

"This one was harder than last week," Bell said. "He got me quick. I didn't think I could stay off my back that long, but I was able to bridge."

"There is some frustration now from where we were in the beginning," said Key coach Bill Hyson. "We're not where we should be, but these are good kids and they are resilient."

Pub Date: 1/29/98

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