All-Carroll County

Wrestling

High School

March 12, 2003

WRESTLER OF THE YEAR

Lee Crowl

Francis Scott Key, junior

Crowl (29-3) had a couple of close calls during the postseason before finally hitting the jackpot, winning the 140-pound-class state title last weekend in the Class 2A-1A division. Crowl suffered a tough loss to Chris DeVilbiss of Liberty (6-4) in the county final, fell to Dan Caywood of Walkersville (21-3) in the regional final before beating Bethesda-Chevy Chase's Chad Jeronimo in overtime. Crowl tied the match at 4-4 when Jeronimo let him up at the start of the third period. The match later went to a second overtime period (30 seconds long), and Crowl rode Jeronimo throughout and the match ended with the Key wrestler on top, giving him the title. Crowl was near tears and in disbelief moments after the match. "I want to thank all of my coaches who helped me," Crowl said. He then paused for a moment to reflect. "It's 12 years of wrestling and it's my first championship," he added quietly.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Dennis Frazier

South Carroll

Frazier made his mark this season at South Carroll, guiding the team to the county regular-season and tournament titles, plus the Central Maryland Conference crown and second place in the regional dual-meet competition. South Carroll finished 18-2 and was one of the area's best teams all season long. This was Frazier's second season with the Cavaliers after 17 at Loyola High (where he won 186 matches), and he felt it took some time to be accepted last season when replacing longtime coach Pete Olson. But Frazier wanted a different feeling with the team this time. He took the boys on a one-week summer trip to a wrestling camp and felt the team bonded nicely there, and that simply carried over to the school year. "There was a different feeling in the [practice] room this year," Frazier said. "They came together more." Frazier appreciated his team's work ethic and mature attitude. During the final minutes of his team's blowout loss to River Hill in the 4A-3A North regional finals, the Cavaliers were sitting on the bench laughing and cheering for their final wrestlers instead of hanging their heads and pouting. "I saw that," Frazier said with pride. South Carroll had four county champions, and all will return next season.

FIRST TEAM

Jason Brown

Westminster, senior

Brown took the 135-pound-class county title with a dramatic pin of Seth Knights 59 seconds into overtime before later losing twice to him (once in the regions and the states) by a total of two points. Brown then took third in the region and fourth in the state and finished with a 30-5 record for the Owls, helping them qualify for the 4A-3A dual-meet regionals.

Chris DeVilbiss

Liberty, junior

An excellent technical wrestler with a tireless work ethic, DeVilbiss is one of the state's best wrestlers. He won the county (beating Crowl, 6-4) and region at 140 before falling to Sean Clark of Northwest in the state final at 145. Clark scored a 6-3 decision to end DeVilbiss' season on a low note. But De- Vilbiss (33-3) will definitely be back. He'll lead a young Liberty team next year and should have a good shot at getting a state championship.

Tim Ferguson

South Carroll, junior

Ferguson emerged this season as part of South Carroll's strong group of underclassmen. He became one of four Cavaliers to win the county championship and finished with a 28-6 record. After taking his first county title, Ferguson lost to eventual champion Austin Sneeringer, but the 171-pound wrestler bounced back to take the consolation title and third place.

Zach Forbes

North Carroll, freshman

Forbes (103 pounds) quickly made his mark as one of the county's top young wrestlers. He finished with a 25-8 record, capped by an impressive pin over South Carroll's Mike Grimm in the first period of their county final. Forbes then lost in the second round of the regional meet before bouncing back to finish sixth. He has got a good blend of quickness and strength and should develop into one of the county's best wrestlers over the next three years. He'll anchor a good strong group in the lower weights for North Carroll.

Justin Hughes

Westminster, junior

Hughes (112) broke through as one of the best wrestlers in the area. He finished with a 29-4 record and won the county championship, took second in the region and fifth in the state. Hughes gave eventual state champion Jimmy Van Daniker of Perry Hall a serious fight in the regional final before being pinned. Finishing second in the county last year, Hughes took things one step further this year. The triple crown of county, region and state championships could be in this wrestler's near future.

Tim Hutchins

North Carroll, sophomore

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