All-carroll County Wrestling

March 13, 2002

WRESTLER OF THE YEAR

Fran Jackson

North Carroll, senior

Jackson completed his exceptional high school career the same way he started it - with a state title. The 152-pound senior, who finished 18-2, breezed through his bracket, needing just 36 seconds to pin Ryan Foreman of Northern-Calvert in the finals to become North Carroll's first three-time Class 4A-3A state champion.

He made it to the finals all four years. Of course, Jackson has earned more than his share of Carroll County hardware, as well. Last month, he scored a first-period pin over South Carroll's Tim Ferguson to win his fourth straight county championship, helping the Panthers to their first county team title since 1994. A week later, he went on to win his fourth straight regional crown.

His efforts led the Hampstead squad to a 14-4 team record and a No. 8 area ranking - the highest of any Carroll team. With great mat sense, nearly perfect balance and impeccable body positioning, Jackson is seemingly never out of position. And that, as county opponents have long known, makes him nearly impossible to beat.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Henry Mohlhenrich

Westminster

A year after going 6-8 and winning just one county match, Mohlhenrich's Owls completely turned the tables on Carroll County, finishing unbeaten in the county (4-0) and 12-2 overall. It was the Owls' first regular-season county title since 1997, and they followed that up with a third and fourth, respectively, in the county and region tournaments.

Mohlhenrich, in his ninth year as head coach, 10th overall, said that although last year's team may have had more raw talent, this year's had more heart and desire. Many in this year's lineup either were reserves or members of the JV a year ago, and several wrestled for the Westminster Wolverines, a club team he helped start last summer.

The addition of nephew Travis Mohlhenrich, a county champion at 145, didn't hurt either. "I expected a decent year," said the coach. "I just didn't expect anything as good as it was." The noted trombonist also believes that his taking over the local junior league two years ago has had a positive effect, with incoming freshmen already familiar with his system and expectations.

FIRST TEAM

Eric Blomster

Westminster, sophomore

After feeling his way through his first varsity season, the 125-pounder blossomed toward the end of the season, pinning each of his opponents in capturing the county championship. He then carried that momentum into the regional tournament, where he took fourth and qualified for states. Blomster finished 14-14 with nine pins, helping the Owls win the regular-season county title.

Jason Brown

Westminster, junior

The Owls couldn't have asked much more from Brown during his junior season. He won the county championship at 135 pounds, and also captured titles at the McDonogh tournament and Damascus Holiday Tournament. He then went on to finish second in the region, and won his opening-round match at states. The Owls standout finished 28-6, including a victory over the Class 4A-3A state champion in his weight class.

Josh Corkran

Westminster, senior

After taking fourth in the McDonogh tournament early on, the 112-pounder came into his own as the season progressed, scoring a 6-1 decision over South Carroll's Tom Wheeler to win the county championship. He then went on to take fourth in the region. He finished 18-12 with 15 pins, and was a big reason why Westminster captured its first regular-season county title since 1997.

Jake Creech

South Carroll, senior

Coming off a broken hand that hindered him last season, Creech won the heavyweight county championship before placing fourth in regions and sixth at the Class 4A-3A state tournament. The senior finished 27-9, recording two-thirds of his victories by pinfall. Along the way this season, he twice defeated the Class 2A-1A state runner-up, helping the Cavaliers to a 12-2 record.

Andrew Gold

South Carroll, sophomore

The 103-pounder capped his sophomore season with county and region championships, followed by a third-place finish at the Class 4A-3A state tournament. He finished 34-2, with his only losses coming against wrestlers who finished first and second in the state. He also defeated the state 2A-1A champion. Gold was very sound technically, seldom getting out of position.

Paul Hartman

Liberty, senior

The senior produced one of the most memorable moments at this year's county tournament, where he scored an escape in the second sudden-death period to top top-seeded Seth Knights, 2-1, in the 119-pound final. The third-year varsity member finished 32-10, including fifth at the Class 4A-3A state tournament, second at the Rebel Invitational, fifth at the Damascus Tournament and second at the Haswell M. Franklin Senior All-Star Meet, as the county's lone representative.

Tyler Graham

North Carroll, senior

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