— Tyler Bauer won back-to-back state wrestling championships Monday, March 5, becoming North Caroline High’s first two-time state wrestling champion.
He defeated Timothy Furgeson of Damascus, 4-2, in the Class 2A-1A 160-pound final Monday, March 5.
On Saturday during the first day of competition, Tyler Bauer had just replayed his semifinal victory, touched on the motivational factor, a few pivotal points, and all the hard work that had gone into it.
The senior then exhaled before making one final remark: “I get to wrestle with my brother.”
Younger brother Ryan Bauer earned a third-period pinfall, then watched big brother Tyler Bauer
grind out a 4-1 decision six weight classes later Saturday night in the semifinals of the Class 2A-1A state wrestling tournament, giving both North Caroline standouts a spot in Monday night’s state finals at The Show Place Arena.
“Feels good,” said Ryan Bauer, one year after overcoming a series of heartbreaks en route to a fifth-place finish at 113 pounds. “The game plan was we knew he was going to try and lock up and tie my hands up. I had to move my feet and keep moving and I knew I could score when I shot. Just had to keep my head in there.”
After 1 minute and 45 seconds of circling, head slaps, ducks and shoves, Bauer got his head in on Loch Raven’s Marquis Kemp (426) for a takedown and three back points with 13 seconds remaining in the opening period of their 120-pound semifinal.
“Five points off the start gave me a little boost,” Ryan Bauer said. “First takedown and got some backpoints out of it. That was pretty big.”
With 16 seconds remaining in the second period, Ryan Bauer got a takedown at the edge of the circle for a 7-0 lead. With North Caroline head coach Tim Frey shouting “move your feet” and “don’t get tied up” Bauer got tied up with Kemp at the edge of the circle midway through the final period. But as the Loch Raven junior pushed, Bauer threw Kemp to his back and the edge of the circle for a pinfall in 5:03.
“He just hit him with a lateral drop,” Frey said of his star junior’s pinning move. “All I saw were feet flying through the air and I hear this big ka-bang on the mat.”
“He was pushing me and I had an underhook,” Ryan Bauer said of Kemp. “I knew if he kept pushing a little bit more I was going to go for it and ended up pinning him. Pretty crazy.”
Ryan Bauer (43-5) fell Monday to Owings Mills’ undefeated sophomore Phil Smith. He finished the tournament in second.
The defending 2A-1A state champion at 160 pounds, Tyler Bauer suffered only his second loss of the season three weeks ago in the semifinals of the 2A-1A state dualmeet tournament, when, holding a 7-3 lead, he got caught in a cradle and pinned by Glenelg’s Jacob Jones.
Bauer overcame a quarterfinal scare Saturday, when he was dumped to the mat twice in the final 30-second overtime period before hitting a reversal for a 4-2 sudden victory over Poolesville’s Xavier Kresslein, setting up a rematch with Jones in the 160-pound semifinal.
Tyler Bauer (42-2) got a takedown with 33 seconds remaining for the only points of the first period. Jones pulled within 2-1 midway through the second, and continued to trail by one when a stalemate was called with 47 seconds left in the match. Bauer blocked one shot by Jones (39-6), then blocked a second and spun behind the Glenelg junior for a takedown with 17 seconds left for the 4-1 final.
“I wanted that bad. That was all revenge,” Tyler Bauer said. “I knew I was beating him last time and I knew I could beat him again. I just worked hard this week, as I did every week, and did my best. Just wanted to keep the score where it was at. I didn’t have to score any more. Only have to win by one. He had a couple of good (late) shots. I was just being patient. Feels good. Feels great. Just happy.”
North Caroline teammate Alex Grable (195) and Easton’s Maximus Bentley were the only other Mid-Shore wrestlers to advance to the semifinals, where both lost.
Defending state champion Zach Bryant (37-1) of Catoctin scored a takedown for a 2-0 lead 40 seconds into his 113-pound semifinal with Bentley. The second period featured three stalemates and four restarts before Bryant got a reversal with 14 seconds left in the period for a 4-0 lead. Bentley got a reversal with 1 second left in the match for the 4-2 final, the sophomore’s first loss of the season.
Western Tech’s Ike Kalu (31-1) got a first-period takedown against Grable (39-10) in their 195-pound semifinal, worked an escape in the second and steadily increased his lead, working an escape 10 seconds into the third and hitting a takedown en route to a 10-1 decision.
Colonel Richardson’s Jordan Gabriel, the school’s first region champion, finished the tournament in fourth. Williamsport’s Brandon Oyster beat Gabriel, 14-11, to take third place at 195 pounds Monday.
PHOTO BY WILLIAM HAUFE Tyler Bauer became the first two-time state champion in North Caroline High School history when he defeated Timothy Furgeson of Damascus, 4-2, in the Class 2A-1A 160-pound final Monday, March 5.
PHOTO BY WILLIAM HAUFE North Caroline High senior Tyler Bauer celebrates after winning the 160-pound title at Monday night’s Class 2A-1A state tournament, becoming the school’s first two-time state wrestling champion.