Re­peat State

Times-Record - - Front Page - By WIL­LIAM HAUFE bhaufe@star­

— 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.

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