S. Carroll knocks off Westminster, wins 3rd title

Early victories set stage for 43-19 rout


February 05, 2000|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Before the wrestling season began, South Carroll figured that the road to a third consecutive county regular-season championship went through perennial powerhouse Westminster.

Thanks to capturing six of the first seven weight classes, the fifth-ranked Cavaliers bulldozed the visiting Owls, 43-19, and grabbed their prize in Winfield last night.

Four of those six wins came off pins, and senior 171-pounder Chris Currence's second-period pin put to rest any thoughts about a Westminster comeback.

"We were real fired up before the meet," said South Carroll junior 130-pounder Dan Patterson, whose first-period pin gave him sole possession of fourth place on the school's career wins list with 85. "We were ready to come out and do what we could to win."

Cavaliers coach Pete Olson said he could sense the excitement building in the team's practice room before the match.

"We've looked forward to Westminster from the first day," Olson said. "They're a traditional power in this county and for us to knock them off, that's important."

South Carroll built a 12-0 lead off a third-period pin by freshman Everett Thrift at 103 pounds and a first-period pin by sophomore Ron Lewis at 112 pounds.

The marquee match at 119 pitted two junior standouts in the Owls' Adam Tenney and the Cavs' Kellen Weber.

Leading 2-1 in the first period, Tenney scored a takedown and back points with 13 seconds remaining in the period and sailed to an 8-1 decision.

"I had two nice takedowns," Tenney said of his match. "I wanted to go out there and wrestle aggressively, wrestle my match."

Weber had nothing but praise for his opponent.

"The boy's a beast," Weber said. "He kept controlling my arms, and every time I stood up, he took me down."

An 11-6 decision by sophomore Buddy Olson (125), first-period pins by Patterson and junior Josh Wampler (135), and a 10-1 major decision by junior Bryan Hamper (140) gave South Carroll an insurmountable 31-3 lead.

The most exciting match of the evening involved Westminster senior Kevin Henry and Cavaliers junior Travis Mohlhenrich at 145 pounds.

Mohlhenrich, whose uncle Henry is the Owls head coach, allowed Henry to recover from a 5-0 deficit and tie the score at 5 at the end of the third period. Henry scored a takedown 48 seconds into the overtime period.

Westminster dropped to 8-4 overall and 3-1 in the county. South Carroll, which improved to 12-2 and 4-0 in the county, will compete in next week's dual-meet championships if either Bel Air or Eastern Tech lose today.

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