Francis Scott Key, a loser at its annual dual wrestling meet with Westminster the last three seasons after ruling in the early 1990s, tries to take control again when the two meet at 7 tonight at Westminster.
Key is 2-0, having held off Liberty, 43-28, and beaten Catoctin, 54-23. Westminster (3-2) whipped Howard and Fallston Tuesday get over .500. Earlier, the Owls had defeated Gaithersburg and lost to Franklin and Urbana.
Both teams were in the season-opening Annapolis tournament, with Westminster eighth and Key 11th.
Brian Owings and Matt Wilson give Key an edge among the lightweights, as Westminster's young and relatively inexperienced entries through 119 pounds have struggled. The Owls' Chris Reiter is favored at 125, but each side will send out some of its strongest wrestlers at 130-145.
In the group are Joe Putman, Clint Day and Ronnie Howard for Key, and Sam Hughes, Kyle Burger (9-0), Gabe Wilson, and John Muse for Westminster.
Of the remainder of the matches, the best one should be at 189, with Key's Gene Korn against Zach Riddle (5-0 in duals).
Heavyweight Greg Frech, a Key junior, was third at Annapolis, and scored first-minute pins in his two dual matches.
Last season, Westminster defeated Key, 33-27, with an overtime pin at heavyweight. That was Frech's first match, and he improved to the point where he placed third in the county and third in his region.
On the court
South Carroll (3-0), boasting the county's top boys basketball record, will be at Damascus (2-1) tonight in the only county game involving the public schools. Carroll Christian (2-5), in coach Randy Peterson's final game, will be at Elkton Christian.
Sam McGrane, a 6-foot-8 center, and one of seven seniors on the squad, leads South Carroll with averages of 16 points and nine rebounds and has blocked 13 shots.
Adam Hynes averages 11 points and seven rebounds, and guards Ben Carr and John Luster have provided solid floor play.
Following tonight's game, the Cavaliers will be in the Ron Engle Holiday Classic at Middletown on Monday and Tuesday.
The mixer format will have South Carroll vs. Fort Hill and Middletown vs. Hedgesville the first night, followed by South Carroll-Hedgesville and Middletown-Fort Hill. Both programs will start at 6 p.m.
Aside from South Carroll, Westminster has the only other winning record among the boys. The Owls have bounced back from two losses to win three straight games. Their only remaining pre-Christmas appearance will be Monday at home against North County.
The other records are Francis Scott Key, 1-3, North Carroll, 1-3, and Liberty, 1-4.
The pairings for Westminster's holiday tournament, Dec. 29-30, are Landon-Glenelg and Westminster-Franklin on opening night, with losers and winners playing the second night. The doubleheaders will start at 6 p.m.
The other holiday action involving county teams will be at North ++ Carroll, Dec. 29-30, with afternoon-night doubleheaders. The first RTC day, it will be Key-Westminster girls at 2 p.m.; Linganore-Centennial boys, 4 p.m.; North Carroll-Franklin girls, 6 p.m.; and North Carroll-Key at 8 p.m.
The second day, the girls will play at 2 (consolation) and 6 (championship), and the boys at 4 (consolation) and 8 (championship).
All six girls basketball teams have at least .500 records, headed by Liberty, 4-1, Francis Scott Key, 3-1, and North Carroll, 3-1. Westminster is 3-2, South Carroll, 2-2, and Carroll Christian, 3-3.
Liberty has both individual scoring leaders for the county, 6-7 junior Marc Falcone at 18 points plus eight rebounds for the boys, and 5-8 senior Colleen Cox, 14 points for the girls.
Austin Lanham (Westminster), a sophomore member of Bucknell University's wrestling team, is 1-2 at 157 pounds for the season, with all three matches coming in a Millersville University tournament.
Bethany Schultz (North Carroll), a freshman at Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., was a defender on the field hockey team that posted its best record, 15-4, and took the Commonwealth Coast Conference championship.
Pub Date: 12/17/98