On a team of stars, Rill lets moves speak for him


Chris Boog is unbeaten.

Tommy Kiler is something of a wrestling machine.

Saidrick Lewis is flamboyant.

Doug Dell has been celebrated since the first day he stepped on the mat.

Erik Hott has a knack for winning the key matches.

Corey Rill?

All he does is win, win and win some more and get lost in the crowd of superstars on the second-ranked North Carroll wrestling team.

"You don't even know he's around he's so quiet," said Panthers coach Dick Bauerlein. "But when he gets in a match, he has a lot of heart. He's a tough kid just like his father [Dennis] was when he wrestled for North Carroll and was a soccer goalie."

Corey Rill, a junior, had to be one of the most uncelebrated 21-3 wrestlers around entering the first state 1A-2A dual-meet championships Saturday at Westminster High.

But the 130-pounder wasn't complaining too much.

"It's discouraging sometimes," he said. "But I just don't let things like that worry me. I think more about our hopes to win a first state championship for Mr. Bauerlein in his last year. He organized the dual-meet championships for the state and has worked hard on it, so it would be nice to win it for him."

And win it they did. Rill won his match as North Carroll defeated Damascus, 34-19, in the championship final Saturday night.

Rill isn't exactly a clone of all the talented wrestlers who have gone through the North Carroll program in 19 years under Bauerlein.

Like most of them, he received the fundamental wrestling skills in the Manchester Juniors program under skilled instructor Kenny Kiler. But Rill isn't blessed with as much natural talent as some of the previous stars.

"Corey has guts, that is his biggest asset," said Bauerlein. "He does the best with the skills he has. He is a competitor."

Rill believes his ability to think quickly about moves he wants to use and his athletic quickness are the two major reasons he has been successful.

Also, he has the ability to pick up Bauerlein's voice from the sidelines amid the noise of the crowd.

"Coach Bauerlein might see something I don't see and he gives me instructions of what to do," said Rill. "If you don't hear him, it hurts your chances."

Unlike some other wrestlers, Rill seldom has to worry about making weight.

"I eat a balanced diet which eliminates any problems for me," he said. "I never worry much about my weight and that makes the sport more fun, along with the competition I face in every match."

But Rill's whole life doesn't revolve around the aggressive world of wrestling.

He is a forward on the North Carroll soccer team and plans to play for the baseball team this spring. The junior ran track last year for North Carroll.

With college more than a year away, Rill doesn't have any set plans yet but he is looking to play soccer at a small college.

"He loves soccer," said Bauerlein. "That's OK with me. I don't worry about him getting hurt. You could get hurt walking down the street."

Next season, Rill will certainly move more into the spotlight as Boog and Lewis graduate this spring.

However, the quiet youngster didn't want to look ahead.

"We have a lot of business to finish this season before we talk about next year," said Rill.

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