Bowe makes sudden impact

Bowling Brook senior 22-6 in first season wrestling

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January 30, 2000|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The word "rookie" apparently carries little meaning to Corry Bowe.

The Bowling Brook Prep senior, who wrestles in the 189-pound weight class, is 22-6 this season and placed first at the Friends Tournament last weekend. But what's shocking about his success is that Bowe had never wrestled before December. Not for the Thoroughbreds, not at the junior leagues, not at any level.

"I wanted to try something different and new," says Bowe, who was an offensive guard and linebacker for the Bowling Brook football squad last fall. "When you're wrestling somebody out there by yourself, all of the attention is on you. So you can get all of the credit or all of the blame."

Thoroughbreds coach Jim Tavenner admits some surprise at his team captain's success, but he also is quick to add that his coaching staff -- including assistant coaches Dave Illingworth, Adam Robinson, P.J. Groft, and Melvin Bivens -- has tried not to overwhelm Bowe with too much information.

"The thing we stress is to keep it basic. `This is a single, and this is a double,' " Tavenner says. "You can see that the kid has a good head, good speed, and just a natural ability."

The formula has paid dividends for Bowe, who placed second at the Newport Tournament in Pennsylvania on Dec. 27. He defeated Beth Center's Chuckie Fetsko, a Pennsylvania district champion, 18-11, in the tournament semifinals before losing 15-6 to Camp Hill's Gavin Miller.

But Bowe says one of his bigger wins involved Elijah Sum of Frederick. Sum had pinned Bowe in the first period of their bout at the Fallston Tournament a few weeks ago, but Bowe returned the favor in a dual meet on Jan. 18.

"I practiced hard so that I wouldn't make the same mistake against him," says Bowe, who actually weights 182 pounds. "My teammates count on me, and my duties are to push my teammates and myself."

Tavenner says Bowe's inner drive is masked by an exterior expression that some opponents may misinterpret.

"He's got a smile on his face when he goes out there," Tavenner says. "It's a little unnerving if you didn't know that he is serious."

Despite his inexperience on the mat -- or perhaps because of it -- Bowe says he doesn't pay much mind to his record.

"I have my mind set on having fun," he says, adding that he is looking forward to competing in the private schools state tournament at McDonogh on Feb. 18-19. "Win or lose, I'm going to have a good attitude about everything."

Jenkins commits to Kent

Mike Jenkins will give new meaning to "Big Man on Campus" this fall.

The South Carroll senior offensive lineman has verbally committed to a full athletic scholarship at Kent University, a Division I school in Ohio.

Jenkins, who is 6-foot-5 and weighs 310 pounds, is taller than all but two members of the Golden Flashes football team, and only one player outweighs him.

Jenkins, a Sun first-team All-Metro player and a first-team All-State selection last season, was sought after by several programs, including Maryland, Virginia, and Syracuse, but he chose Kent after meeting with head coach Dean Pees and offensive line coach Frank Kurth.

"I liked the environment and the playing facilities," said Jenkins, who plans to major in business. "I felt comfortable up there, and that's what I'm looking for -- comfort."

Jenkins said the coaching staff assured him that he would get a chance to compete for a starting tackle position, but Jenkins said he wouldn't mind being redshirted his freshman year.

"I figure that it gives me a year to get used to a different system and to get my books and academics straight," he said. "It allows me to ease into it."

Yinger returns to Key lineup

Sophomore 119-pounder Nate Yinger has returned to the Francis Scott Key wrestling team.

Yinger, an all-county pick who won the county and regional titles at 103 last season, finished serving a six-week suspension and returned to the Eagles lineup just in time for the Hammond Invitational on Jan. 14.

Eagles coach Bill Hyson, who declined to elaborate on the reasons behind Yinger's suspension, said Yinger, who is 2-1, has been a helpful presence in the practice room.

Rescheduled

Due to snow that canceled school on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Francis Scott Key boys basketball home games against Williamsport has been rescheduled for Wednesday. The JV game will begin at 5: 30 p.m., and the varsity squad will start at approximately 7 p.m.

The Bowling Brook boys basketball home game against Jefferson will be made up on Tuesday.

The Liberty girls basketball game at Linganore has been rescheduled for Thursday. The boys will host Linganore on Wednesday.

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