N. Carroll pins 52-15 loss on Key

Panthers move to 14-1, face S. Carroll tomorrow


January 25, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

The North Carroll Panthers knew they'd catch some heat from coach Bryan Wetzel if they got caught looking past Francis Scott Key toward tomorrow's long-awaited showdown with No. 12-ranked South Carroll.

So instead, they delivered some heat of their own to the visiting Eagles with a 52-15 victory.

The Panthers led at one point, 46-0, but 119-pounder Ross Bell insisted that they not let up.

"We've been scolded for slacking off in the past," Bell said. "So we didn't want that to happen."

Bell had one of six North Carroll pins and the fastest one. He scored a fall over T. J. Lookingbill in 1 minute, 10 seconds.

No one at the match could remember North Carroll ever defeating Francis Scott Key by a wider margin, since the teams traditionally stage close, tough matches.

"We have a history of tough competition," Wetzel said. But he does remember a good whipping by the Eagles last season after the Panthers lost five seasoned wrestlers for disciplinary action. "We were on the receiving end [of lopsided scores] last year, so we know how it feels."

The victory improved the No. 5-ranked Panthers record to 14-1 overall. Francis Scott Key dropped to 4-5.

"The kids did what I expected tonight. Went out and wrestled hard and got pins," Wetzel said.

In addition to Bell, Sam Shreck (105 pounds), Tyler Graham (125). Randy Shreck (135), Fran Jackson (145) and Ryan Dell (189) recorded pins for North Carroll. Josh Anderson (152) had a tech fall. Kyle Smith (130) and Rob Pearre (140) had major decisions.

Francis Scott Key coach Bill Hyson agreed with Bell. "We're inexperienced and North Carroll has a solid team and outwrestled us. For our underclassmen, we hope to put a positive spin on this."

Jason Bloom of Francis Scott Key nipped Cash McHargue at 160 pounds, 9-8, to score the Eagles' first points of the night.

Daniel Holler won a forfeit at 171 when Kyle Lettau elected not to wrestle while still recovering from the flu.

And Justin Bachman was the other good news for the Eagles, scoring a heavyweight pin over Bobby Dell in 29 seconds.

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