The South Carroll Cavaliers showed little rust and no signs of looking ahead when they easily handled a solid Thomas Johnson team, 48-18, last night in Winfield.
The Cavaliers, who play host to defending county champ North Carroll on Thursday, got six straight pins in the middle weights to pull away from the Patriots in a Central Maryland Conference match. The Cavaliers improved to 8-1 on the season, and Thomas Johnson dropped to 6-2.
Leading 12-6, South Carroll's Kevin Sakalas (135) pinned John McGreevy with 16 seconds left in the third period to give the Cavaliers an 18-6 lead. South Carroll's Tim Hinsche (140) followed with another third-period pin after trailing 2-0 after two periods against Quan Do.
Charlie Conaway (145) decked Steve McAteer in the first period, and Jeff Martinez (152) clinched the team win with a second-period pin of Justin Rogers to give the Cavaliers a 36-6 lead.
Mike Chenoweth (160) improved to 13-0 with his 11th pin of the season, needing just 33 seconds to deck Ryan Hoffman. Steve Yokay took 58 seconds to beat Andy Basford.
South Carroll coach Peter Olson was a bit concerned going into the match after only having one practice all of last week due to the bad weather. He said the keys were the pins by Sakalas and Hinsche.
"It was a great match against a very good team. It was tense up through 130. They get one pin and we're tied. Then we go out and boom, boom, boom -- South Carroll was rocking."
"Sakalas had a big win and Hinsche came back tough after losing. That was the turning point."
South Carroll took a 6-0 lead when Thomas Johnson's Damien Gibbons was disqualified against Kevin Danko at 103. The Patriots tied it with decision wins by C. P. Staley (112) over Chris Heard and Joe Ottinger over Dan Alberter at 119.
South Carroll's Dan Peiffer (125) and Bob Mann (130) got the lead back up to six at 12-6 with decision wins before the Cavaliers took control with the string of pins.
South Carroll will play host to undefeated and No. 3 North Carroll on Thursday. It's the county opener for the Cavaliers. Defending county champ North Carroll opens its county schedule tonight against Liberty.
"We didn't talk about North Carroll because we knew Thomas Johnson is tough," Olson said.