Heavy deficit doesn't weigh down Key

Down 23 points, Eagles ride waves of victories in upper weights past Liberty, 34-32


High Schools

February 04, 2000|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Francis Scott Key's strength this season has been its wrestlers in the upper-weight classes, and they proved it again last night.

Trailing by as many as 23 points, the Eagles captured five of the last six matches -- four by pins -- to shock host Liberty, 34-32, in Eldersburg.

The wrestlers in the upper weights have the confidence to carry the team to victory, said Francis Scott Key senior Dale Kline (152 pounds).

"The upper-weight classes have some older guys with more experience," he said. "We kept telling the other guys to keep the match close and to give the upper weights a chance to come back."

Trailing 29-6, junior Patrick Korn's pin of Steve Ensling at the 1: 58 mark of their 145-pound bout got the ball rolling for the Eagles. Kline followed with a 14-4 major decision against Chris Risko.

At 160, Jason Bloom turned back every attempt by Lions senior Rich Skelly to deck him. Bloom lost, 11-6, but the decision gave Liberty only three points.

"I knew that I couldn't get pinned for us to have a chance to win," said Bloom, who was pinned by Skelly last season. "Skelly had some nice takedowns, but I kept getting out of them. He couldn't hold me down."

Down 32-16, Francis Scott Key senior captain and heavyweight Greg Frech walked over to 171-pounder Dan Holler and 189-pounder Joe Brammer.

"I told Dan and Joe that we didn't need just wins, we needed pins," Frech said. "We needed to pin out and bring this home."

The pep talk worked. Holler decked Adam Rausch at the 3: 01 mark and Brammer shouldered Matt Canada to the mat at the 2: 59 mark.

With the lead cut to four points, Frech clobbered Brian Roos in 34 seconds to seal the victory.

Improving to 5-5-1 overall and 2-2 in the county, Francis Scott Key staged a similar comeback against Middletown last month, but Eagles coach Bill Hyson said he hopes he's not seeing a pattern forming.

"I don't want to get too comfortable with that," he said, adding that he was pleased with his team's performance. "I know we're not an Old Mill, but at the same time, I feel that we're making some progress for the future."

Liberty, which dropped to 7-6 overall and 1-3 in the county, got pins from Paul Hartman at 112, Justin Muhl at 130 and Brandon Parrott at 135, but they weren't enough to halt the Francis Scott Key surge.

"When you win seven out of 13 matches, you'd expect to win," said Lions coach Mike Flemming. "But Key is a strong pinning team, and they got the big points when they needed to."

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