Hubs hand Key its 4th loss, 50-15

Eagles' Owings posts upset over 11-1 foe

demonstrates leadership


High Schools

January 06, 2000|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Forgive Francis Scott Key's Brian Owings if he wanted to be somewhere else at the beginning of the third period of his 125-pound wrestling match last night.

For one thing, this match against 6-0 North Hagerstown was one the 0-4 Eagles would lose, 50-15, although the wide margin wasn't apparent yet, of course.

Then, the senior, 4-6 on the season, found himself down 4-1 to the Hubs' Jimmy Starkey, who entered the bout 11-1 this winter and had beaten him just two weeks ago in the finals of Key's Christmas tournament.

On top of that, the bout had to be temporarily halted while Owings' bloody nose was taken care of -- time Owings used to gather himself.

But back on the mat, Owings scored five points on a reversal and back points to take the bout, 6-4, in the process almost pinning Starkey. He raised his record to 5-6.

"I knew I had to do something -- and quick," said Owings. "I waited for him to make a mistake, and [the reversal] caught him off guard. I thought this could be one of the key matches of the season for me, so I worked my tail off."

Key coach Bill Hyson said that Owings' leadership has been a major factor in the effort the team has put forth this season.

"I don't think he's comfortable with his role [as a leader], but I think we're starting to turn the corner as a team because of his leadership," said Hyson.

"We set a goal at the beginning to improve as a team, and I see that happening. Nothing has come easy for us, but I think as they increase their expectations, their effort will improve."

For the evening, North Hagerstown demonstrated its dominance by posting six pins.

But at 119 pounds, freshman Josh Kelleman put up Key's first team points of the match, dominating North Hagerstown's Ryan Flurie, 7-0.

And at 152 pounds, Key's Dale Kline used a reversal and back points to break open a 4-4 tie late in the second period and defeat the Hubs' Vinne Mulieri, 11-6.

In the evening's final bout, Key heavyweight Greg Frech gave the Eagles their biggest win of the match, pinning North Hagerstown's Chad Coles at 3: 37.

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