All-Carroll County

THE BALTIMORE SUN

WRESTLER OF THE YEAR

Lee Crowl

Francis Scott Key, junior

Crowl (29-3) had a couple of close calls during the postseason before finally hitting the jackpot, winning the 140-pound-class state title last weekend in the Class 2A-1A division. Crowl suffered a tough loss to Chris DeVilbiss of Liberty (6-4) in the county final, fell to Dan Caywood of Walkersville (21-3) in the regional final before beating Bethesda-Chevy Chase's Chad Jeronimo in overtime. Crowl tied the match at 4-4 when Jeronimo let him up at the start of the third period. The match later went to a second overtime period (30 seconds long), and Crowl rode Jeronimo throughout and the match ended with the Key wrestler on top, giving him the title. Crowl was near tears and in disbelief moments after the match. "I want to thank all of my coaches who helped me," Crowl said. He then paused for a moment to reflect. "It's 12 years of wrestling and it's my first championship," he added quietly.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Dennis Frazier

South Carroll

Frazier made his mark this season at South Carroll, guiding the team to the county regular-season and tournament titles, plus the Central Maryland Conference crown and second place in the regional dual-meet competition. South Carroll finished 18-2 and was one of the area's best teams all season long. This was Frazier's second season with the Cavaliers after 17 at Loyola High (where he won 186 matches), and he felt it took some time to be accepted last season when replacing longtime coach Pete Olson. But Frazier wanted a different feeling with the team this time. He took the boys on a one-week summer trip to a wrestling camp and felt the team bonded nicely there, and that simply carried over to the school year. "There was a different feeling in the [practice] room this year," Frazier said. "They came together more." Frazier appreciated his team's work ethic and mature attitude. During the final minutes of his team's blowout loss to River Hill in the 4A-3A North regional finals, the Cavaliers were sitting on the bench laughing and cheering for their final wrestlers instead of hanging their heads and pouting. "I saw that," Frazier said with pride. South Carroll had four county champions, and all will return next season.

FIRST TEAM

Jason Brown

Westminster, senior

Brown took the 135-pound-class county title with a dramatic pin of Seth Knights 59 seconds into overtime before later losing twice to him (once in the regions and the states) by a total of two points. Brown then took third in the region and fourth in the state and finished with a 30-5 record for the Owls, helping them qualify for the 4A-3A dual-meet regionals.

Chris DeVilbiss

Liberty, junior

An excellent technical wrestler with a tireless work ethic, DeVilbiss is one of the state's best wrestlers. He won the county (beating Crowl, 6-4) and region at 140 before falling to Sean Clark of Northwest in the state final at 145. Clark scored a 6-3 decision to end DeVilbiss' season on a low note. But De- Vilbiss (33-3) will definitely be back. He'll lead a young Liberty team next year and should have a good shot at getting a state championship.

Tim Ferguson

South Carroll, junior

Ferguson emerged this season as part of South Carroll's strong group of underclassmen. He became one of four Cavaliers to win the county championship and finished with a 28-6 record. After taking his first county title, Ferguson lost to eventual champion Austin Sneeringer, but the 171-pound wrestler bounced back to take the consolation title and third place.

Zach Forbes

North Carroll, freshman

Forbes (103 pounds) quickly made his mark as one of the county's top young wrestlers. He finished with a 25-8 record, capped by an impressive pin over South Carroll's Mike Grimm in the first period of their county final. Forbes then lost in the second round of the regional meet before bouncing back to finish sixth. He has got a good blend of quickness and strength and should develop into one of the county's best wrestlers over the next three years. He'll anchor a good strong group in the lower weights for North Carroll.

Justin Hughes

Westminster, junior

Hughes (112) broke through as one of the best wrestlers in the area. He finished with a 29-4 record and won the county championship, took second in the region and fifth in the state. Hughes gave eventual state champion Jimmy Van Daniker of Perry Hall a serious fight in the regional final before being pinned. Finishing second in the county last year, Hughes took things one step further this year. The triple crown of county, region and state championships could be in this wrestler's near future.

Tim Hutchins

North Carroll, sophomore

Hutchins (119) skipped high school wrestling last year to join the strong Manchester rec team, but North Carroll was very glad Hutchins came out this season. He was one of the team's most consistent wrestlers, finishing with a 26-4 record. He won the county title with a major decision over Steve Wittbecker of Westminster, 12-3. Hutchins came up short a week later, losing to Kyle Krumholtz of Kenwood in the regional final and then didn't place in the states, but Hutchins clearly showed he's going to be one of the area and state's best wrestlers next season.

Seth Knights

North Carroll, sophomore

Knights (135) and Jason Brown had some terrific bouts this season, especially in the postseason. The two went into overtime before Brown pinned him for the county title. But Knights bounced back to edge him, 3-2, in the region meet and eventually taking second there. They met once more in the states, with Knights scoring a 4-3 victory to take third in the state. Knights finished the season 29-6.

Luke McLeod

South Carroll, sophomore

McLeod's biggest day came when he won the county title. The tournament was squeezed into one day because of weather problems, so McLeod had to pull off the feat of winning three matches in that day. The 125-pound wrestler completed that task by knocking off North Carroll's Dan Keller, 9-4, in the final. Keller got his revenge the following week in the regional consolation bouts, but McLeod closed with a 22-10 record and is another one of Frazier's solid young wrestlers who will just keep getting better.

Adam Muse

Westminster, senior

Muse (189) ended his career the right way with his first county title. Bill Spradbrow of Liberty was beating Muse, 5-1, in their county championship match at 189 pounds, when the senior suddenly took charge and pinned Spradbrow in the second period. Muse didn't fare as well in the regional meet and ended the season with a 15-12 record.

Gage Rindt

Francis Scott Key, senior

One of the more experienced wrestlers on a very young Key team, Rindt (27-5) won the 152-pound-class county title with a 15-0 win over South Carroll's Greg Eaton. Rindt lost to Darric Kamp from Northern-Garrett in the regional championship and took second. Kamp then went on to finish second in the state. Rindt took fifth at states.

Tom Rush

Francis Scott Key, sophomore

One of Key's solid group of underclassmen. Rush (215) won the county title with a major decision over Westminster's Ken Frans (12-1). Rush finished fourth in the region, suffering a 7-6 loss to Beall's Ty Willard in the consolation final. Rush fell in the first round of the state tournament and finished with a 21-8 record.

Randy Shreck

North Carroll, senior

Shreck finished his high school career on a high note, winning a county championship and taking fourth in the region. The 145-pound wrestler lost in the first round of the states and didn't place. Shreck (29-8) was one of North Carroll's top wrestlers and might have gotten overshadowed a bit in the county by Francis Scott Key's Lee Crowl and Liberty's Chris DeVilbiss. But he remained consistent throughout the season as North Carroll contended with South Carroll, Westminster and Francis Scott Key for the county title.

Ralph Stambaugh

Francis Scott Key, sophomore

Stambaugh is developing into a solid wrestler. The heavyweight finished 19-8 this season, winning the county championship with an 8-4 decision over Aaron Kunkle of South Carroll. Stambaugh then went on to finish fourth in the region, but he fell in the first round of the state meet.

Tom Wheeler

South Carroll, sophomore

Wheeler is one of the state's best underclassmen. After a 32-8 freshman season, he improved to 32-4 this year. Wheeler walked away with the county championship, pinning Liberty's Crit Jennings for the title at 130 pounds. Wheeler then went on to finish third in both the region and the state.

Drew Winfield

South Carroll, junior

Midseason health problems slowed him briefly, but Winfield (160) bounced back to finish 26-2 and lead the Cavaliers to the county regular-season and tournament titles. Winfield broke a hand and was sidelined briefly around Christmas. He had some strength and grip problems after that, wrestling with a splint for a while, but persevered. Winfield won his first 21 matches before losing to Robbie Pearre of North Carroll (10-8) in the county final. He then won the regional crown before losing an 8-6 decision to Scott Church of Richard Montgomery in the state final.

THE TEAMS

Wrestler of the Year: Lee Crowl, Francis Scott Key Coach of the Year: Dennis Frazier, South Carroll First team

Weight Name School Class

103 Zach Forbes North Carroll Freshman

112 Justin Hughes Westminster Junior

119 Tim Hutchins North Carroll Sophomore

125 Luke McLeod South Carroll Sophomore

130 Tom Wheeler South Carroll Sophomore

135 Jason Brown Westminster Senior

135 Seth Knights North Carroll Sophomore

140 Lee Crowl Francis Scott Key Junior

140 Chris DeVilbiss Liberty Junior

145 Randy Shreck North Carroll Senior

152 Gage Rindt Francis Scott Key Senior

160 Drew Winfield South Carroll Junior

171 Tim Ferguson South Carroll Junior

189 Adam Muse Westminster Senior

215 Tom Rush Francis Scott Key Sophomore

Hwt. Ralph Stambaugh Francis Scott Key Sophomore

Second team

Weight Name School Class

103 Mike Grimm South Carroll Junior

112 Reuben Gill Francis Scott Key Freshman

119 Steve Wittbecker Westminster Sophomore

125 Dan Keller North Carroll Junior

130 Crit Jennings Liberty Freshman

135 Scott Sunderlin South Carroll Senior

140 Paul Schoonmaker South Carroll Freshman

145 Mike Willingham South Carroll Junior

152 Greg Eaton South Carroll Senior

160 Robbie Pearre North Carroll Junior

171 Paul Hester Westminster Senior

189 Bill Spradbrow Liberty Senior

189 Mike Kincaid South Carroll Senior

215 Justin Debes South Carroll Senior

215 Ken Frans Westminster Senior

Hwt. Aaron Kunkle South Carroll Senior

Note: Teams selected by Jeff Seidel after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

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