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N. Carroll flexes muscles in tri-meet Panthers win easily over North East and N. Harford


North Carroll surrendered just four pins and two major decisions in overwhelming visiting North East, 54-18, and North Harford, 56-14, in a tri-meet at Hampstead last night. North Harford defeated North East in the third pairing, 48-21.

The wins boosted North Carroll to 3-1 in dual meets. North Harford, a winner over Kennard-Dale earlier, is 2-1, and North East, normally a strong team from Cecil County, 0-3. The Indians, who have been hit hard by injuries and illness, forfeited four weight classes.

The North Carroll loss, a one-point decision to Bel Air after walloping Linganore in a tri-meet at Bel Air last week, got the Panthers' attention.

"We didn't wrestle well, and we talked about that as a team. We had to change the attitude," North Carroll coach Bryan Wetzel said last night. "Since then, we had some good practices, and wrestled well at McDonogh."

Over last weekend, the Panthers placed fourth in the McDonogh tournament, with just seven points the difference between second place and fourth. Last night, Wetzel said, "Coming into this one, we figured North Harford might go to the heavyweight." As it was, "We wrestled well."

Sophomore Fran Jackson (7-0 at 125), selected the outstanding wrestler at McDonogh, and senior Anton Enrique (189) each had two pins to lead North Carroll.

Three teammates were double-winners on the mat -- freshman Tom Bowman (135), a pin and a decision; senior Mike Bezanson (152), a technical fall and a decision, and senior Chadd Lettau (171), a decision and a pin.

Bowman's 5-4 win over Charlie Angelilli of North Harford was that meet's only three-point verdict. Bowman got all his points in the second period and the third period was scoreless.

Bezanson's decision was by 3-2 over North East's John Holmes, with the winner getting all his points in the final period.

Jason Seabrease (140), a junior working in place of injured sophomore Josh Anderson, ran his dual record to 3-1 as he won on a North East forfeit, then registered his second pin, putting down Bryan Angelilli three seconds from the end of the first period.

"Josh has a broken hand, but it is mending, and we expect him back soon," Wetzel said. "He and Jason are about even, so he will have to earn his place when he returns."

Neither Lettau nor Enrique wrestled last year after being active as sophomores. Lettau was on the JV team that season and Enrique, a 160-pounder at the time, wrestled varsity at 189. "Now, he's a little heavier, wrestling at 189," Wetzel said.

Against North East, freshman Kyle Smith (103) recorded his third straight first-period dual-meet pin, 0: 40, then was pinned by North Harford's Mike Conrad in 1: 11. "The guy was taller, and Kyle got caught in a cradle when he wasn't expecting it," Wetzel explained.

North Harford coach Fred Holtz said his team was pretty young, although there are some seniors and juniors. "It's just that we have a lot of first-year wrestlers," he said.

North Carroll will be at South Hagerstown tomorrow, and North Harford will be home Tuesday against Rising Sun.

Pub Date: 12/16/98

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