Westminster thrashes depleted Panthers, 61-6

North Carroll freshman opens with 12th pin, but Owls sweep rest of bouts

Wrestling

January 20, 2000|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

A North Carroll-Westminster match may not have the same luster it did before the wrestling season began, but there's no convincing the Owls' Jon Burger of that.

Although Westminster won 12 of the 13 weight classes and routed the host Panthers, 61-6, in Hampstead last night, the junior 152-pounder refused to accept North Carroll's plight, which included the loss of nine varsity wrestlers this season.

"We're not as strong as we used to be, either," Burger said, noting season-ending injuries to Sam Hughes (knee) and Ricky Glass (thumb). "This is always one of our top rivalries, and we always get pumped for it."

Owls coach Henry Mohlhenrich, whose team improved to 6-3 overall, 2-0 in the county, and 3-1 in the Central Maryland Conference, downplayed the final score.

"If you look at the score, you would think that we wrestled great," he said. "But there were a couple of times when we could've been more aggressive."

Panthers coach Bryan Wetzel also was critical of his squad's performance.

"I told the kids after the match that no matter what the situation is as a team, we can't go out and wrestle like that," he said. "We had kids staying on the bottom for two-thirds of the match. We were getting ridden for most of the match. It was not a good evening."

North Carroll (0-8-1 overall, 0-2 in the county, and 0-4 in the conference) began the meet down 18 points in forfeits at 112, 125, and, with senior Zach Crisler interning at the General Assembly in Annapolis, at heavyweight.

North Carroll freshman Tyler Graham upped his record to 18-2 with his 12th pin of the season against Westminster's J. R. Landsman just 56 seconds into their opening, 103-pound bout.

But then Westminster ran the table, scoring pins at 130 (Jason Brown), 135 (Scott Wittbecker), 140 (Gabe Wilson), 160 (Zach Watkins), and 189 (Randy Green).

The night's marquee matchup pitted the Owls' Adam Tenney (15-6) and the Panthers' Ross Bell (14-4) at 119.

Deadlocked at two in the first period, Tenney ran off an escape, a takedown, and a near fall to take an 8-2 lead. The junior sandwiched a reverse by Bell with a takedown and a reverse of his own to score a 12-4 major decision.

The 145-pound bout provided more excitement, with Westminster's Kevin Henry edging Josh Anderson, 6-5, on a reverse late in the second period.

Henry, who befriended Anderson during the summer, said he was disrespected by Anderson.

"He got me a little mad when we were introduced to each other, and he stared me down," Henry said. "That pumped me up."

At 160, Watkins celebrated his promotion Tuesday from the JV by decking North Carroll's Keith Viens at 2: 26, negating Viens' 4-2 lead in the second period.

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