N. Carroll sweeps by S. Carroll

Trailing 15-0, Panthers take 7 bouts, win, 39-24

Wrestling

High Schools

January 26, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Hindered by injuries this season, 13th-ranked North Carroll was not quite at full strength last night against visiting South Carroll.

But the return of two wrestlers, including two-time state champ Fran Jackson, gave the Panthers enough to handle the Cavaliers, 39-24.

Jackson's pin of Greg Eaton in 1:48 in the 152-pound bout capped a seven-bout sweep that put the match away, 35-15, with three bouts left. A major decision by Keith Viens (189) padded the Carroll County dual-meet win.

"When we come out and everybody wrestles, we're awesome - unbeatable," said Jackson, still recovering from torn ligaments in his right knee suffered last month. "I got out of a cast Sunday night. I didn't do much until yesterday in practice, but it felt good to get back out there."

Down 15-0 after three bouts, North Carroll's winning spree began when third-ranked Seth Knights (119) scored 11 near-fall points in a 17-1 technical fall over Luke McLeod. Pat Maloff (125) escaped with 12 seconds left for a 3-2 win over Mike Willingham. Tyler Graham (130) routed Scott Sunderlin, 18-2, to bring the Panthers within 15-13.

The Panthers (12-4, 2-1), coming off last week's upset loss to unranked county rival Westminster, earned their first lead at 18-15 on a second-period fall by Randy Schreck (135). That was followed by a 14-second fall by No. 2-ranked Kyle Smith (140), a 49-second one by fourth-ranked Rob Pearre (145) and Jackson's win.

Pearre (18-2), like Jackson (11-2), has missed time with a knee injury. North Carroll is still without Tom Bowman (160), who is recovering from an arm injury.

"We're still not at full strength, but we got real pumped up in the room, listened to some music, came out and ripped them," said Smith, whose record improved to 19-1 with his headlock for a fall against Jeff Preston. "We wanted to get them back for beating us last year. This was payback."

At 171, South Carroll (11-2, 1-1) got an upset from unranked Andrew Winfield, who bumped up a weight class and scored a 5-2 win over No. 4 Cash McHargue (22-2). Winfield's three near-fall points with 35 seconds left broke a 2-2 tie, raising his record to 20-1.

South Carroll also got pins from heavyweight Jake Creech and Tim Ferguson (160), a 15-0 technical fall by fourth-ranked Andrew Gold (103) and an 11-1 decision by Tom Wheeler (112).

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