Cavs' coach 'maximizes' his lineup to post win South Carroll edges rival Westminster, 30-27

January 07, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

South Carroll coach Peter Olson takes pride in doing his homework. He calls it "maximizing his lineup."

It was evident yesterday when his Cavaliers came away with a 30-27 win over rival Westminster.

Olson started his lineup shuffle at 160 pounds with his Cavaliers (6-1 overall, 1-0 in the county and Central Maryland Conference) trailing 24-19 after Westminster's Austin Lanham pinned Josh Elder at 152.

During introductions before the match, Charlie Conaway came out at 160 to face Westminster's Jason Phelps. But Andy Mann came out to wrestle.

Mann, who was weighed in on the junior varsity roster, came from behind to earn a pivotal 12-9 decision over Phelps.

'He was our ace in the hole," said Olson. "We knew Andy Mann beat Jason Phelps [last year] in the junior varsity finals. Andy's had a rough year. I've been moving him here and moving him RTC there. He's a team player and really stepped up. He was down and on his back, but came back and kept on working."

Olson also knew Conaway had some previous success against Ray Henry and that would be the likely matchup at 171 with Westminster coach Henry Mohlhenrich promising his team captain Jason Hare a shot at two-time state champ Mike Chenoweth.

Conaway, who had beaten Henry twice last season, came away with a 14-2 major decision to give the Cavaliers a 26-24 lead.

The Chenoweth-Hare match, originally scheduled at 171, was the highlight of the afternoon with Chenoweth coming away with a 12-4 major decision.

Hare came up with an early takedown before a reversal from Chenoweth tied the match at two going into the second period. In the second, Hare landed hard on his side and needed injury time in both the final two periods, but he continued on to give a gutsy effort.

"He scared me taking me down so quick," Chenoweth said. "Every time I wrestle him I know it's going to be a tough match. He brings out the best in me."

The four points from Chenoweth gave South Carroll a clinching 30-24 margin. A pin from Westminster heavyweight Randy Stull would have produced a 30-30 tie, but the Cavaliers would have won because they had won seven matches to Westminster's six. Stull came up with a 9-3 decision over Tim Crown.

Westminster (6-3, 0-2) built up a 15-4 lead when Tim Sharkey came from behind at 125 to pin Tim Hymiller in the third period.

After Dan Alberter got five points back for South Carroll with a technical fall win over Dave Spicer at 130, Mike Muller (135) pinned Jay Andrews to get the Cavaliers even at 15.

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