Holler helps Key pin down win

Senior only needs 51 seconds to finish off 48-25 defeat of Liberty


High Schools

January 19, 2001|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Francis Scott Key senior captain Dan Holler has had tremendous individual success this season. Last night, for the first time, he translated that into a team-clinching performance.

Holler pinned Liberty junior Brian McDermott in just 51 seconds in the 171-pound weight class to give the host Eagles a 48-25 victory.

"He was a little taller than I was used to, and he came up left-handed on me," said Holler, who improved to 17-2. "A little different, but I made do."

Holler's pin capped five consecutive Key victories by fall that turned a 22-12 deficit into a match-clinching 42-22 advantage. The Eagles dominated all five matches from the start, starting with senior Chris Palsgrove's pin of senior Brandon Parrott in 2:41 at 140.

At 145, Key senior Patrick Korn led 10-0 when he pinned Steve Ensling in 2:29, and at 152 senior Josh Velte, already leading 11-0, finished off Chris Sams with 36 seconds remaining in the bout.

"We were looking for wins at 40, 45 and 52," Liberty coach Mike Flemming said. "There are no excuses. They just came right out and beat us, and that was the turning point."

That set up two of Key's three strongest wrestlers, Jason Bloom at 160 and Holler at 171. Bloom immediately pinned Liberty junior Phil Engler in 48 seconds to improve to 13-5. Holler ended any drama soon after.

"I don't want to get too comfortable, but there is some comfort level knowing what we have coming later in the lineup," said Key coach Bill Hyson, whose team won all eight of its bouts by fall. "I thought we made the most of the opportunities we had. Obviously our strength has been 160 and 171. Our two senior captains have been outstanding."

Key led early, 12-4, after junior T.J. Faudale and freshman Lee Crowl (16-3) sandwiched pins at 103 and 119 around a 12-4 victory by Liberty junior Paul Hartman (18-4) at 112. The Lions (3-9) appeared to turn the match around when junior Jason Engles came back from a 10-4 deficit to pin T.J. Lookingbill in 3:12, and Steve Zucconi and Justin Muhl followed with pins at 130 and 135. But Palsgrove then kicked off the first of five straight pins to lift the Eagles.

"They knew they had to go out there, stop the bleeding and start something for us," Holler said. "And they did a good job of that."

River Hill 28, Hammond 27: The visiting Hawks stormed from behind to beat the Bears.

The win, in all likelihood, puts the Hawks in position to win their second straight county title, pending a Jan. 30 meeting with Mount Hebron.

River Hill erased a 27-18 deficit by getting wins from Jesse Fawcett (major decision) and heavyweight Scott Cannon (pin).

"We knew they matched up well, but we were confident," said Cannon, who pinned Hammond's Jefferson Darnya to clinch the victory. "I worked hard all summer for a situation like this, and now I know I can win at the end when it matters."

Marshall Porter (150), Brent Gailey (160) and Scott Wallace (171) won for the Bears to break a 15-15 tie and provide what seemed to be the winning margin.

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