This week should be one of recovery for county wrestlers, who have fallen short of expectations over the last several days and will be entering the upcoming county tournament.
The much ballyhooed showdown between North Carroll and host Francis Scott Key last Wednesday became a one-sided, 51-18 victory for the visiting Panthers.
On the heels of that resounding win, North Carroll went to Anne Arundel County hoping to even its series at 2-2 against five-time, defending 3A-4A state champion Old Mill.
Instead, the Panthers turned in a lackluster effort -- and a 27-26 loss -- which left 19th-year coach Dick Bauerlein "disappointed" in the final regular-season dual meet loss of his career.
And at the weekend's Broadneck Invitational Tournament, South Carroll's fifth-ranked Mike Chenoweth (160, 20-1, 17 pins) suffered his first loss, 6-5, to Northeast's Ron Katzenberger (17-4). Among Katzenberger's losses is a decision to Meade's Adam Butts, whom Chenoweth pinned in the first period of their Chesapeake Tournament title bout.
"We just came out and were outhustled by Old Mill," said Bauerlein. "We were just flat, and I don't know why."
The match included a 6-5 loss by Doug Dell to Old Mill's Jason Bryant at 112 pounds. Dell, ranked No. 4 at 119, dropped weight to wrestle Bryant, ranked No. 3 at 112. The bout was a reversal of last year's, when Bryant dropped to 103 hoping to beat Dell, but was pinned instead.
Another upset saw Corey Rill (130) losing, 5-0, to Old Mill's unheralded Nick Basta. Rill was ranked No. 4.
Tommy Kiler, ranked No. 3 at 135, went up a weight class to win a 13-3 decision over Old Mill's Dave Basta. A pin of Basta seemed possible in the wake of how badly Kiler had beaten Francis Scott Key's Chris Beale three days earlier. Kiler built a 15-1 lead before pinning Beale, an earlier 17-9 winner over Basta.
No. 2 Chris Boog (171, 21-0) seemed a sure bet to pin Old Mill's Eric Donoway, who entered with an 11-7 record. But Boog, who was third in last year's 1A-2A state tournament, had to settle for a 6-5 decision.
North Carroll, Francis Scott Key and South Carroll will try to regroup over the next few weeks in the postseason tournaments, beginning with this weekend's county tournament at North Carroll.
Rosedale resident Tom Gaylin, 43, was one of the nation's top 10 wrestling officials working the NCAA Division I dual meet championships in Lincoln, Neb., two weekends ago.
Gaylin also worked the title match won, 17-15, by Oklahoma State over Iowa. It was the fifth of six national duals that Gaylin has been involved in and the fourth time he has worked the finals.
For the third straight year, Gaylin will work this year's NCAA Tournament at the University of North Carolina March 17 through 19.