Cavaliers pick up pace in easy win

S. Carroll dumps memory of tourney in 59-12 triumph


January 09, 2003|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

South Carroll wrestling coach Dennis Frazier wasn't enthralled with his team's performance in the tough Arundel tournament over the holiday break. Frazier thought his Cavaliers wrestled too tentatively after starting nicely, ending up in a ninth-place finish.

South Carroll looked a whole lot better last night. The host Cavaliers started quickly, scoring four pins and two technical falls, in cruising to a 59-12 victory over Liberty in a Carroll County match.

Snow caused the Cavaliers to miss last week's match with Urbana, and their next match will be with county powerhouse Francis Scott Key on Tuesday, which was a big reason Frazier wanted his team to find its way last night.

"We didn't wrestle well at Arundel," Frazier said. "And, it's been a long time since we wrestled [Dec. 28]. We did better tonight."

The Cavaliers turned in several dominant performances despite missing Drew Winfield, one of their top wrestlers, who is out with a broken hand. Frazier is unsure of Winfield's return date.

Tim Ferguson (171 pounds) and Justin Debes (215) scored first-period pins early in the match. Tom Wheeler (130) and Greg Eaton (152) also pinned their Liberty opponents, while Luke McLeod (125) and Scott Sunderlin (135) came away with impressive technical falls.

Debes had the night's quickest pin, putting Liberty's Matt Baker on his back almost immediately and pinning him in only 22 seconds. Shane Wheeler (103) and Mike Willingham (145) both recorded solid decisions, and South Carroll (8-0, 3-0) also got three forfeits from Liberty (3-8-1, 0-2).

"This match was kind of a way to get back in the swing of things," Ferguson said. "We thought we were going to do really well at the Arundel tournament, and we wanted to get our confidence back."

The Cavaliers even looked good in defeat. Brandon Gervic (160) got Liberty's lone pin in the night's first match, but after Ferguson's win, Bill Spradbrow (189) pulled out a 5-3 victory over South Carroll's Mike Kincaid by tying the match on an escape with eight seconds left and winning it on a takedown at the buzzer.

Later in the match, South Carroll freshman Paul Schoonmaker threw a brief scare into Chris DeVilbiss (140, 16-1) during the third period. DeVilbiss was in command at 9-1 when Schoonmaker caught him and put him on his back for several seconds before eventually working his way out and finishing off an 11-6 victory.

The Cavaliers clinched the victory with four matches remaining.

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