Peiffer keeps South Carroll charged up

January 15, 1995|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

South Carroll senior Dan Peiffer has found a way to combine two of his favorite things -- wrestling and electronics -- with mixed reviews.

The wrestling he has down pat. He's 9-1 and recently moved to fifth on the school's all-time win list with 66.

The electronics? He's still working on that.

"He likes to do light shows for the introductions before our matches," said South Carroll coach Pete Olson. "Strobe lights, stereo -- the works. But every time, something different seems to go wrong."

The last incident came earlier this season against Wilde Lake when he accidentally turned off the main power switch to the gym.

"Everything in the gym went out. The guy on the microphone couldn't tell anyone what was happening," said Peiffer. "I kind of messed up."

When the lights are on, few have been better this season than Peiffer, a co-captain who has helped take South Carroll to the next level with a 9-1 mark.

"He's a four-year letterman who's stood the test of time," said Olson. "One of the things that has pleased me most is how he's developed as a team leader.

"He was captain as a junior and is again this year. He's in charge and the guys know it. It's something that's not forced, but recognized."

Peiffer, who now wrestles at 130 and 135, first began wrestling in the seventh grade in the Warriors youth program and credits coach Jerry Little for his start.

He came to South Carroll as an emotional 103-pound wrestler and has learned to direct his energy in a positive manner as he matured.

"He was very hyper and all over the place as a freshman and sophomore," Olson said. "Now, he's more of a thinker and technician with good mat sense. He just doesn't panic."

Said Peiffer: "When I was a freshman and sophomore, I wasn't really good. I wrestled guys at my level and would win some and lose some. Now, I'm the most focused I've ever been in my career."

The Cavaliers have always been a better-than-average team, but always a notch below North Carroll and Francis Scott Key. They gained some ground last year and are now talked about in the same breath with those two teams.

"It's a good feeling knowing if we wrestle our match, we can do our thing. It's just more fun having a better feeling of an outcome," Peiffer said.

There were times early in his career when making weight was almost too tough to overcome. But with the help of Olson and a great family that has "put up with a lot over the years", making weight has simply become a part of life to Peiffer.

A two-time county champ, he has earned his 66 wins with a tireless, methodical approach.

"Danny's not a pinner, although he's got some nice pinning combinations," Olson said. "Some guys are just pinners and others are just going to beat you. Danny doesn't make a lot of mistakes and doesn't give up back points."

A 20-win season would put Peiffer third on the all-time win list at South Carroll. It's something he takes in stride -- with pride.

"I'm proud and feel good about it. It's nice to be mentioned with the best," he said. "I don't need to be thought of as one of the best, but someone who tried and paid the price with hard work in practice."

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