A new wrestling season begins tonight for most of the teams entered in the state high school dual-meet championships. This includes North Carroll and South Carroll, which will be part of a four-school event at South Carroll.
In the Class 3A-4A North semifinals, beginning at 5: 30 p.m., Eastern Tech (9-3-1) will oppose South Carroll (14-0), and North Carroll (10-3) will meet Bel Air.
The two winners will vie for the championship at 7: 30, with the winner advancing to the state semifinals at Damascus at noon on Saturday. The championship matches will follow at 6 p.m.
Twelve Class 3A-4A teams and 16 Class 1A-2A teams will be in action tonight. The Class 3A-4A South region held its championship last night at Calvert in Prince Frederick.
"I told my team it had achieved its short-range goals," South Carroll coach Pete Olson said. "Our undefeated season is in the books; our CMC [Central Maryland Conference] championship was great, but it's past. We're starting 0-0, and we have to win or it's over.
"That goes for the dual-meet championships, the county tournament, the regionals. The motivation is there, and now we are dedicated to doing all we can to be successful."
For the No. 4-ranked Cavaliers, whose outright county title is a first for the school, seven of its wrestlers are rated No. 1 in the county.
They are Dan Patterson (22-2, 15 pins) at 112 pounds; Bryan Hamper (22-3, 17) at 130; Kevin Clark (16-3, 5) at 135; Mike Muller (22-4, 15) at 152; Brad Mann (22-3, 15) at 160; Chris Currence (19-5, 10) at 171; and Leroy Eyler (16-3, 12) at 189.
North Carroll will be looking to reverse an early 30-29 loss to Bel Air, where the latter's two penalty points determined the outcome. The other losses were to No. 2 Old Mill, 46-13, and to South Carroll, 44-18.
The Panthers have two top-rated wrestlers, Ross Bell (15-6, 6) at 119, and Fran Jackson (17-2, 10) at 125.
The team has won five of its last six matches, and as coach Bryan Wetzell says, "We like to peak at this time. We're wrestling well, and the Bel Air match should be another good one."
Bel Air was the only one of the four to wrestle earlier this week, losing a Harford County League match at Fallston, 27-26.
The Cougars led 27-10, before the visitors closed the gap by winning the last four matches, including a pin at heavyweight when the outcome had been determined.
Eastern Tech is a young squad that lists no seniors and includes one freshman. Actually, the coaches have been somewhat surprised by the success so far, as they expected a learning year, with a better one expected next season.
The leaders include junior Wes Woodard at 140 and Dave Wooden at 171.
Woodard was fourth in Baltimore County as a freshman, and a county runner-up and regional titlist last season. Both are among the favorites for county titles in their respective classes next week.
The county standings for boys basketball show Westminster, 3-0; South Carroll, 2-1; North Carroll, 1-2; and Liberty, 0-3. For the girls, North Carroll is 4-0; Liberty, 2-1; South Carroll, 1-3; and Westminster, 0-3.
John Ely (South Carroll), last year's county Player of The Year, is playing about 27 minutes a game and averaging 10 points, third on the team. He leads with 39 three-point goals, and has a shooting percentage of 40 from beyond the arc.
Among those earning dean's list honors (3.5 grade-point average) for the fall semester at Bucknell were sophomores Kari Evans (Liberty), women's lacrosse, and Austin Lanham (Westminster), wrestling.
Pub Date: 2/10/99