Sixth-ranked Don Patterson (189 pounds, 20-5) pinned Joe Torsella in 3:28, lifting No. 4 Old Mill to a 27-26 upset of No. 2 North Carroll -- and coach Mike Hampe's 200th career victory -- yesterday at Old Mill.
"We've been having some unity problems as a team, but they really came together today," said Hampe (200-25-3).
Next up for the five-time 3A-4A state champion Patriots (13-2) is No. 3 Northeast (10-1) on Tuesday. "Hopefully, we can continue to rally around this," Hampe said.
Patterson's effort offset the 14th pin of the year by North Carroll heavyweight Bill Beltz (17-5). Jason Athanas (160) had kept Old Mill ahead, 21-17, with a pivotal 3-1 victory over North Carroll's Jeff Meyers, and it was 21-20 after second-ranked Chris Boog (171, 21-0) won only 6-5 over Old Mill's unheralded Eric Donaway (11-8).
"The way our team wrestled really pumped me up," said Patterson, who lost 9-0 to Boog in last year's meeting, won by North Carroll. "I'd like to have wrestled Boog again, but it didn't happen."
Old Mill led 18-0 after a five-bout sweep, including a forfeit to Jerod Marquardt (103) and a 5-0 upset by unheralded Nick Basta 20-4) over fourth-ranked Corey Rill (18-3, 11 pins).
"Getting the first takedown fired me up," Basta said. "Coach told me to be aggressive, and my conditioning paid off."
Third-ranked Jason Bryant (112, 19-2) built a 4-1 lead in an eventual 6-5 win over fourth-ranked Doug Dell (18-3, 12 pins). Shawn Radford (119, 17-4) blanked North Carroll's Ed Davis, 5-0, and Paul Hultgren (125, 14-3) won 6-4 over the Panthers' Tony Zahn (16-6, 11 pins).
But the Panthers won the next four bouts to come within 18-17, including the 13th pin of the season by Saidrick Lewis (152, 20-1), and major decisions from Jason Albert (135, 16-6) and second-ranked Tommy Kiler (20-1, 10 pins), the latter over Old Mill's Dave Basta (13-3) at 140 pounds.
Old Mill's Mike DeLeonardi (145, 20-5) led 2-1 in the third period when a four-point takedown by North Carroll's Eric Hott (18-3, 14 pins) secured an eventual 5-3 victory.
"We started to come back, but we just weren't up to par," Boog said. "Their guys tied our arms up a lot and got us tired -- I think that's what did it for them."
In last year's meeting, won by North Carroll, Bryant dropped to 103 and was pinned by Dell, last year's 1A-2A state runner-up.
This time, Panthers coach Dick Bauerlein dropped Dell to wrestle Bryant, who was third in last year's 3A-4A states, and moved Davis (15-3, nine pins) up a weight.
"I was thinking about last year and didn't want that again," said Bryant. "I figured it could come back to my match and wanted to get us on a roll."
Hampe was without injured defending county champ, Mike Hines (152, 14-5), and North Carroll was coming off Wednesday's 51-18 rout of co-No. 5 Francis Scott Key.
The Panthers trail 3-1 in the series, which began three years ago between Hampe and 19th-year coach Bauerlein, who will retire at season's end.
"We just wrestled flatly, and I don't know why," Bauerlein said. "Old Mill came out hustling and we had no intensity. I'm disappointed."