The inexperienced, hard-working Liberty Lions are learning as they go this season. In Uniontown, at Francis Scott Key, last night, they got an education from one of the best.
The No. 11 Eagles recorded six pins in a 53-12 win over Liberty.
"The pins came from where we're more experienced," said Key coach Bill Hyson.
That was clearly what separated the two teams last night. The Eagles have a solid group of returnees, but the Lions are in a rebuilding mode with only two veterans back.
"We're fighting hard on the mat, and it will take some time before they start developing confidence," said Liberty coach Jeff Hash. "It will come around, and they'll recognize more things on the mat when they're wrestling."
After splitting the night's first four matches, the Eagles (1-0) rolled -- starting with Matt Yinger's second-period pin of Zach Cox and then winning the last nine matches.
They clinched the match at 160 pounds as Brett Cowan pinned Linden Brengle 1: 33 into the bout and closed out the night with pins from Bobby Bollinger (189) and heavyweight Mark Plank. Everything was well-earned for the Eagles.
"They have some physical kids, and you earn anything you can get off them," Hyson said. "For ourselves, I was pleased with how fundamentally sound we wrestled."
Matt Wilson got things started for Key with a pin of Derrick Snowden at 103. A major decision win by Ronnie Howard at 112 gave Key a 10-0 lead before the Lions took the lead with their only points of the night -- back-to-back pins from Mark Richard (119) and Jesse Stark (125), who improved to 7-0 in his first varsity season.
At 140, Tim Beale, who had a tough time at the Annapolis Tournament over the weekend, increased the Key lead to 25-12 by pinning Scott Carter after 1: 16.
Pub Date: 12/11/96