Westminster holds off North Carroll

Panthers can't get pin in last match, fall, 30-27

High Schools

January 16, 2003|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

North Carroll's Randy Shreck was dominant in his 6-1 victory over Aaron Correa of Westminster in their 145-pound match last night, but when the bout ended, Shreck stayed on his knees and stared at the mat in disappointment.

Host Westminster got off to a 20-point lead early in the match before North Carroll rallied and cut the deficit to six heading into Shreck's bout, the final one of the night.

Shreck tried mightily for the pin, but Correa hung on and allowed Westminster to escape with a 30-27 victory in the battle between two Carroll County teams that went into the meet undefeated.

The Owls won five of the first six matches - three of them by pins - for a 24-4 lead, but North Carroll (8-1, 4-1) slowly fought back, winning four of five to cut the deficit to 27-18 with three matches remaining.

Jason Brown (135) then scored a big victory for Westminster. Brown's takedown of Seth Knights six seconds into overtime gave the Owls a 30-18 lead and forced the Panthers to try for pins in their last two matches.

Trevor Reese (140) gave North Carroll what it needed by dominating and then pinning Eric Blomster. Reese was in command from the start and pinned Blomster at 1:28.

"I was pumped up," Reese said. "I just went out there and tried to do the best I could." Shreck faced the same situation. He was in control throughout his match, but couldn't quite finish off Correa.

"He's a good wrestler and can stick you at any time," Correa said. "I had to go out there and be aggressive."

Said Shreck: "He did his job."

Westminster (8-0-1, 3-0) started the meet with Ryan Jacobs' overtime win over Brent Turner (7-5) in the 152-pound match before getting impressive pins from Paul Hester (171), Adam Muse (189) and Kenny Franz (215). Eric Burr followed with a 6-0 victory over Bobby Dell to give the Owls a 24-4 lead.

That's when North Carroll began to roll. Zach Forbes (103) blanked Russell Powers, 9-0. After Justin Hughes (112) rallied for a 6-4 victory over North Carroll's Tyler MacLeod, the Panthers won three straight matches.

Tim Hutchins (119) scored a 4-1 victory over Steve Wittbecker and Dan Kelly (125), then rolled to a 13-4 win over Brandon Johnson. Trevor Davison (130) next pulled out an 8-2 win over Josh Grager to slice the advantage to 27-18.

Next came Brown's win. He lost a 4-0 lead early in the match, but his quick takedown in overtime gave him the 6-4 victory, setting up the wild finish.

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