Boog, fired up and focused Wrestling: Not that the North Carroll 171-pounder had a bad season last winter, it's just that a new work ethic and goal transformed him into someone who's much more formidable on the mat.

January 29, 1998|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Adam Boog won more than 20 matches last winter for North Carroll, took a Carroll County championship, finished third in the region, and won a match at the state tournament.

That pleased him, but Boog decided that he wanted more for this, his senior season. He wanted to be the best.

"I wanted to excel. I wanted to win the states," said Boog, who has taken some large steps toward that goal. The 171-pounder was 16-2 with 10 pins though last weekend's competition. He was a major force in helping No. 15-ranked North Carroll get off to a 6-2 start -- including last week's 32-30 upset of No. 9 Westminster.

Boog decided after last season that he would change his work ethic. He turned up the intensity, trained harder and stayed in better shape. Working harder on the mat during practice has carried over into his matches.

"I really wanted to do a lot better," said Boog.

Boog started his work in the off-season, going to a private technique camp in Gaithersburg twice a week. He made the 75-minute drive with teammate Fran Jackson, often not arriving back home until 10 on school nights. But Boog said he felt much more confident coming into the season.

"That's definitely one of the major factors," said Boog. "I would know that a kid was good, and it would intimidate me. I used to be more of a defensive wrestler, but this [season] I've changed, and now I go for it."

North Carroll coach Bryan Wetzel said he began noticing the transformation last season. Now, Wetzel said, Boog is much more in charge on the mat. He doesn't let things bother him, focusing instead on important matters.

"There's definitely been a difference," said Wetzel. "He used to get easily flustered. You've got to keep your cool on the mat, and he's definitely done better."

Wetzel said he could see Boog's ability the first day he came in as a freshman. Boog has wrestled on the varsity all four seasons, but late-season problems hindered him the first two seasons.

But as a junior last season, he broke through.

He has been a dominant wrestler much of this season. His two losses were by a total of three points. One of them was in double overtime to Wes Cummings of DeMatha with an effort that greatly impressed Wetzel.

Boog turned in another clutch performance last week when the Panthers improved to 6-2 with their defeat of Westminster. North Carroll trailed, 30-20, with three matches left when Wetzel gambled and bumped up the latter part of his lineup.

Alan Hughes of North Carroll cut the team's deficit to seven with a 9-8 victory over Eric Westervelt at 171. Boog, who weighed in at 168, then went to 189 -- a weight he'd never wrestled before -- and pinned Zach Riddle in 1 minute, 15 seconds.

Boog quickly set the tone in that bout, charging out and scoring a takedown after just six seconds and then pinning Riddle with little trouble, despite giving up at least 15 pounds.

"I was fired up," said Boog.

Boog now gets to see if he can reach his goal.

With the county, region and state meets coming up, he will step up his training. He plans to stay after practice and do extra work against heavier wrestlers to improve his strength. He wants to be ready to be a state champion.

"In my eyes, he's good enough to win the state title," said Wetzel. "I wrestled Division I for four years at Slippery Rock, and I can tell who's got it. He's got it."

Pub Date: 1/29/98

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