It's been a rugged eight-day stretch for North Carroll, and the trial isn't over yet.
The Panthers won 29-28 at Westminster last Wednesday, won the weekend South Hagerstown tournament, and defeated Urbana at home Monday, 33-24.
Last night, buoyed by senior Anton Enrique's third successive match-clinching victory at 189 pounds, the Panthers (8-2) defeated visiting Francis Scott Key (5-5), 34-28.
The schedule doesn't get any easier, though, because now the Panthers have to face unbeaten South Carroll at 2: 30 p.m. Saturday at Hampstead. The JV match will be at 1 p.m.
Enrique pinned Gene Korn in 53 seconds to give North Carroll a 34-22 lead with one bout remaining. Last week at Westminster, he pinned Zach Riddle at 3: 56 for a 29-22 margin, and Monday he scored a 13-0 major decision against Urbana's Jeff Covell for a 33-18 cushion.
"You know the situation going in, and basically, I tell myself I have to win," Enrique said of his heroics.
The win boosted his record to 16-5, with the five losses coming early while he was getting the rust off his career. He had wrestled as a sophomore, producing a winning record at 189 when he weighed about 160.
He worked last season but returned for his senior year as a true 189-pounder. "The first couple of weeks were tough, and it took awhile to get back in the habit," he said. "My January has been solid, though, and I've pinned every county wrestler I've faced."
Although Enrique clinched the decision, a pivotal match saw North Carroll's Wayne Deiaco got a takedown and three near-fall points on his way to a 6-0 win over highly regarded Ronnie Howard, who has been having a good season for the Eagles.
No. 5 South Carroll 66, Frederick 6: Sophomore Bryan Hamper and senior Brad Mann, both unbeaten in dual-meet competition, had the marquee matches, as No. 5 South Carroll ran its record to 12-0 against the visiting Cadets.
At 130 pounds, Hamper (20-3, 17 pins) squeezed out a 12-10 overtime decision over Scott Linton, who had beaten him last winter, and Mann (19-3, 12 pins) got past Todd Bartholomew in regulation, 12-11. Sophomore Dan Patterson got the 50th win of his career, and Hamper's decision was his 49th.
In the overtime, the match could have gone either way, as they sparred for position, but after a brief flurry, Hamper got a takedown for the win.
Earlier, Hamper had gone ahead early, but the match stayed close, as Linton seemingly got two for every one by his foe, who was urged on by an appreciative crowd. Linton went ahead in the third period, and Hamper needed an escape to tie it at 10.
Pub Date: 1/28/99