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Frederick County meet all about Lions' share

February 16, 2001

Frederick County meet all about Lions' share



By ADELINE STAEBLER / Staff Correspondent


Walkersville wrestling coach Bryan Biehl expects that this weekend's Frederick County wrestling championships are going to be a tight race, but it's a race he thinks his team can win.

The Lions, coming off a second-place finish at the 2A/1A West Regional Duals, are a strong contender for the county crown, but could face competition from Middletown and Urbana Saturday at Catoctin High School.

"I'm expecting to get out there and wrestle very hard," Biehl said. "I'm expecting the boys to come away with a county championship. It's always we wrestle to win or we don't wrestle."

Biehl expects all of his wrestlers to place in the top four in the tournament, but he knows there is strong competition.

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One of the biggest rivalries will be at 112 pounds between the Lions' Dan Caywood and Catoctin's Todd Adkins. Caywood, a freshman, has defeated Adkins, a senior, twice this year.

"That's going to be a freshman-senior rivalry until regional and states are over," Biehl said. "Adkins is hungry for him, I can guarantee that."

While Biehl is looking for a win, Middletown coach Jim Schartner expects his team to place in the top three.

Brandon Keller (140), Peter Beutler (119), Sean O'Keefe (125), Nick Schlepp (135), Ryan McQuillen (145), Andrew Nicklas (152) and Colin Blair (160) have all been consistent and Schartner expects them to stay that way through the tournament.

"I think a lot of the teams are evenly matched," Schartner said. "Teams that want to place in the top three, they're going to have to take it in the consolations because I think every team's going to have somebody in the finals. It's kind of equally distributed this year as far as the talent."

Thomas Johnson coach Jim Latham expects Terrance Myers (112), Chris Workman (130), Mark Esmont (152), Jason Foster (171) and Joe Esmont (189) to place. Heavyweight Dan Ellis has a good stepping stone - he is only one of two wrestlers to go the distance against Frederick's Akil Patterson.

Adkins, Derek Fogle (171), Zach Ausherman (135) and Ricky Hawkins (189) are all contenders from Catoctin.

"I don't think anyone's going to stand in Fogle's place," Cougar coach Mike Telemeco said. "I'd like to see Joe Esmont and Hawkins go at it in the finals, because they're just a classic battle."

Brunwick's Dave Carroll (103), Ronnie Grill (145), Travis Issacs (119) and Trey Coates (135) could all place for Brunswick. Carroll, who has won his last two matches in sub-one minute pins, could be Brunswick's best shot.

"You never know because he can wrestle solid matches, it depends on which Issacs shows up," Brunswick coach Mike Gialanella said. "Same thing with Coates and the same thing with Grill. All of them can wrestle solid matches if they want to."

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