Chris Combs got the better of Fran Jackson in a matchup of state champions, and led No. 2 Old Mill to a 46-13 victory at North Carroll last night. It was the seventh dual-meet win for the unbeaten and No. 2-ranked visitors.
Combs, a senior who had won Class 3A-4A state titles at 103 and 112 the past two years, took down Jackson with 38 seconds left in the first period and was in control the rest of the way in posting a 9-3 victory. Jackson won the 3A-4A title at 103 as a freshman last year.
The triumph ran Combs' record to 14-2, and left Jackson 11-2. A year ago, Jackson was 32-2.
"I like to wrestle on my feet, I feel comfortable," said the more experienced Combs, who included three takedowns in his performance. "Franny is young and tough, and will be a real good wrestler.
"It's just that I've been in more of these bigger matches, and I'm a little older. It all helps."
Bryan Wetzel, coach of North Carroll (4-2), said, "Against stiff competition, Fran has not opened up the way he did before. Last year, he dominated because of his non-stop movement on his feet. Right now, he's getting back to it."
Old Mill coach Vern Hines called the overall effort of his squad, "Solid, up and down the line -- a lot of good matches."
North Carroll, which won three matches, got two of them in the first three bouts, as freshman Kyle Smith decisioned Stewart Cohen, and sophomore Ross Bell came from behind to put a second-period pin on Scott Roberts.
The other, at 152, was the closest one of the night, as senior Mike Bezanson held off Dan Connelly, 8-7, after the two were 6-6 after two periods. Connelly took down his opponent as time ran out, but was ruled not to have been in control to get the points.
Otherwise, it was business as usual for the Anne Arundel County school.
The winners had four first-period pins, including one by Josh Liston at 130 that ran his record to 20-2. Two shutouts ended in major decisions.
Two weeks ago, the Patriots were overpowering in winning the annual Francis Scott Key holiday tournament. They had seven champions and a record-breaking 237 points.
Pub Date: 1/12/99