Key's undefeated Yinger leads Carroll in states Four regional champions from county also compete

March 05, 1998|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Francis Scott Key's unbeaten Matt Yinger (Class 1A-2A) and four regional champions from North Carroll and South Carroll (Class 3A-4A) head the Carroll County contingent in the annual state wrestling championships tomorrow and Saturday at Western Maryland College.

Yinger (24-0 record/135 pounds), the top seed, will open against Nick Grandstaff (17-13) of Charles County's Lackey, a fourth-place finisher in the South regional.

The South Carroll titleholders are Mike Muller (145/28-3) and Jason Hamper (160/30-1), and from North Carroll, Fran Jackson (103/28-2) and Adam Boog (171/26-3). Muller, Hamper, and Jackson are No. 2 seeds, and Boog is a fourth seed.

Yinger, Hamper, and Boog are seniors; Muller is a junior, and Jackson a freshman. All are Carroll County champions.

Westminster is rated 10th in the latest state team rankings, and the Carroll individuals ranked are Yinger, second at 135; Hamper, third at 160, and Boog, fifth at 171.

Tomorrow's eight-mat schedule calls for preliminaries beginning at 2: 30 p.m., followed by quarterfinals in the evening. Wrestling begins Saturday at 10 a.m., with all three finals (5-6, 3-4, and 1-2) in both classes beginning at 5 p.m.

Yinger, a three-time county and regional champion, was upset in the state tournament's first round last season, but he bounced back to work his way through the consolation bracket and wound up third, beating the opponent who had beaten him in his opening match.

Other entries for Key coach Bill Hyson are Brian Owings (103), Ronnie Howard (119), Clint Day (125), Jason Wiles (189), and Greg Frech (heavyweight).

In addition to Muller and Hamper, South Carroll coach Pete Olson will send out Dan Patterson (112), Bryan Hamper (119), Sean Douglas (135), and Scott Warner (189).

North Carroll coach Bryan Wetzel has, in addition to Jackson and Boog, Wyatt Deiaco (130) and Ben Fleming (heavyweight).

Also in Class 3A-4A, Westminster coach Henry Mohlhenrich saw his five regional finalists shut out in the title department, but all will be on hand this week, looking to make amends. They are Chris Reiter (112), Bobby Biden (119), Jim Reiter (125), Kyle Burger (130), and Tim Sharkey (135). They will be joined by John Muse (152), third in the regional.

Liberty coach Mike Flemming will put out Mark Richard (125), Jesse Stank (130), Scott Carter (145), and Mike Saymor (171).

Pub Date: 3/05/98

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