South Carroll rebounds, routs Liberty, 64-9

No. 5 Cavaliers bounce back from defeat to Urbana

January 13, 2000|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

There's a Psychology 101 term to describe what South Carroll did to Liberty last night: misplaced aggression.

Still smarting from a shocking loss to Urbana on Saturday, the fifth-ranked Cavaliers captured 11 of 13 weight classes -- 10 by pins -- and pummeled the Central Maryland Conference-leading Lions, 64-9, in Eldersburg.

With the victory, South Carroll improved to 3-1 in the conference and tied Liberty for the lead.

The Cavaliers upped their overall record to 8-2, while the Lions dropped to 6-4.

How devastating was South Carroll? The Cavaliers got pins at 119, 125, 130, 135, 140, and 145 by an average of 2 minutes, 29 seconds.

South Carroll's Bryan Hamper said the team was looking forward to making amends for its 36-32 loss to Urbana at home.

"We knew that we had to come out tough tonight," said Hamper, who raised his record to 16-0 with a second-period pin of Liberty's Steve Ensling. "We just made it happen."

Cavaliers coach Pete Olson said he knew his wrestlers were hungry to face Liberty when they wouldn't leave the gym after the Urbana meet.

"I had to kick them out to leave," he recalled. "They were so upset. Our kids were very intent on making a statement in the county tonight."

Everett Thrift got South Carroll started with an unlikely pin of Mal Granthum at the 3: 10 mark in the 103-pound division.

Granthum nearly decked Thrift in the first period, but Thrift was able to hold his opponent off until the second period.

After Liberty's Paul Hartman scored a 5-1 decision against Ron Lewis, the Cavaliers ran off the six straight pins until Kevin Clark (152) broke the streak with a 14-3 major decision over Chris Risko.

At 160, Rich Skelly shouldered Tim Curtis to the mat to give the Lions their only pin of the evening. South Carroll's Chris Currence (171), Eric Waugh (189), and Jake Creech (heavyweight) sealed the scoring with pins.

Waugh's match against Liberty's Matt Canada was the meet's most exciting.

Down 12-3 and trying to ignore a bloody nose, Waugh reversed Canada's near-fall position and scored a pin of his own at the 5: 24 mark.

"I just kept at it," Waugh said, adding that all three of his pins this season have come with him trailing his opponent.

"I didn't give up. I wanted it more."

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Lions coach Mike Flemming called his team's effort "lackluster."

"I thought that for the first minute of every match, we looked great," he said. "Then we stopped wrestling. That's very frustrating."

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