S. Carroll steps up to defeat Urbana

Cumberland, Mohlhenrich win in higher weight class

Cavaliers cruise, 49-21

High Schools


January 07, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

IJAMSVILLE - Andy Cumberland of South Carroll is one Cavaliers wrestler who normally competes at a higher weight class than his actual weight. Travis Mohlhenrich is another one.

South Carroll coach Pete Olson calls them his "giant killers."

Olson said both have wrestled "in the zone" lately, including yesterday when the Cavaliers avenged last season's loss to Urbana by crushing the Hawks, 49-21.

Cumberland, who weighs 160 pounds, wrestled at 171 and earned a major decision, 10-2, over Chip Clusman, who also was wrestling up a class.

Mohlhenrich, who weighs 149, wrestled at 160 and pinned Jim Haddox in 1:39. Haddox also moved up a class because Urbana was missing its 171-pound wrestler and tried to plug the gap by pushing Haddox and Clusman up and inserting a JV wrestler at 152.

Cumberland said he struggled with Clusman more than he thought he would.

"He was lanky and hard to handle," Cumberland said. But the senior, who was 18-1 last season on the JV team, had no real problems, leading 5-0 after one period and 7-2 after the second.

Cumberland is a surprise for Olson. "I expected him to be .500 this season; maybe a little better," he said.

Instead, Cumberland is 14-2 with a second-place finish at the Arundel Tournament and a third at Meade. He hasn't lost a dual meet, and he earned two pins Friday in a tri-meet against Hammond and Glenelg.

Cumberland said he expected his team's lopsided victory over Urbana. "We expected to dominate, for sure," he said.

The Cavaliers, a prolific pinning team, used that formula again by producing seven pins, with Andrew Gold (103), Mike Willingham (112), Buddy Olson (130), Dan Patterson (135), Bryan Hamper (145) and Andrew Winfield (152) joining Mohlhenrich.

The fastest pin was by Hamper in 36 seconds. Hamper, a defending state champion, is 15-2.

Urbana assistant coach Craig Short, who ran the team yesterday because Eric Boskinsky was on National Guard duty, said he was surprised by the final score.

"We expected it to be close, but we were down two wrestlers at 171 and 130 and our momentum got skunked early," he said. "We didn't expect to lose at 125 pounds, where we made a mental mistake at the end of the match. We had a 1-1 tie and got overanxious."

That's where South Carroll's Kellen Weber decisioned Nick Limparis, 3-1. Limparis dropped to 11-3 while Weber, who has had fourth- and fifth-place state finishes the past two years, improved to 13-2.

"I didn't think that was an upset," Olson said of Weber's win. "Weber won Meade and was second at Arundel."

Patterson stayed unbeaten at 15-0 for South Carroll by pinning Greg Kline. "Kline is a tough kid," Olson said.

Winfield's pin at 152 pounds actually clinched the victory.

"Winfield has been a big help to our team this season with his versatility," Cumberland said.

Gold's pin at 103 pounds came at 5:59.

Damascus 33, No. 5 River Hill 30: The Hawks (5-1) started three freshmen and five sophomores and were without Danny Allen at 112 pounds. Several others wrestled with the flu as River Hill fell to host Damascus (6-0), the seven-time defending Montgomery County champions.

River Hill opened the match with its three freshmen and quickly fell behind. At 103, Vince Cina fought off an asthma attack in the third round before he lost to Damascus senior Ted Humburg, 6-3. Freshman David Adams, who replaced Allen at 112, was pinned by Scott Humburg in 46 seconds.

After River Hill tied the match, 15-15, with wins at 130 and 135, Damascus won the next four bouts.

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