Lemmon, Seipp spark North Carroll victory


December 20, 2006|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN REPORTER

North Carroll sophomore wrestlers Kyle Lemmon and Jeremy Seipp knew that of the 14 bouts wrestled, the outcome of last night's Carroll County dual meet at No. 7 Winters Mill would boil down to theirs. On the weekend of Dec. 8-9, Lemmon had suffered a 10-point loss to the Falcons' Jake Pennington, and Seipp had lost to two wrestlers whom Winters Mill's Gus Mohlhenrich handily defeated.

But each of the boys rose to the occasion in the 10th-ranked Panthers' come-from-behind, 36-29 victory, with Lemmon edging Pennington, 5-3, at 112 pounds, and Seipp winning, 9-2, over Mohlhenrich at 119 pounds during a seven-bout sweep by the defending county champions before a screaming crowd.

"I knew that Jake was very strong, but Jeremy's my workout partner and best friend, so we worked on what to do against him," said Lemmon, who placed sixth in a McDonogh tournament where Pennington was a runner-up.

"When Kyle won, that was a huge momentum boost for me," said Seipp, who was sixth at McDonogh, where Mohlhenrich was third. "That got me pumped up to win."

The Falcons (4-1, 2-1), who were without injured McDonogh tournament champion starter Luke Benko (171), swept the first five bouts for a 23-0 lead. The run comprised pins by Kevin Shipley (145) and Joe Camlin (189), a decision by Marcus Williams (171), and major decisions by Dave Menasche (160) and Tim Crocken (152), a third-place finisher at states who scored nine takedowns in a 19-8 victory over Jesse Coulby.

But the Panthers (5-0, 1-0) began their run with a forfeit to Jason Thomen (215), followed by a 79-second pin by Nathan Shaffer (275).

North Carroll also received a 47-second pin from Ben Raver (103), a 31-second fall from Ronnie Seipp (125), and a second-period pin by Tom Goretsas (130), who finished third at last year's 4A-3A state tournament. Goretsas' victory gave the Panthers an insurmountable 36-23 lead, rendering moot decisions by the Falcons' Adam Morrell (135) and Will Sharkey (140).

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