Winfield's repeat propels S. Carroll

Second win over Pearre sparks six-bout sweep to defeat N. Carroll, 32-25

Wrestling

High Schools

January 25, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Until scoring late to edge Robbie Pearre in their title bout of last month's Arundel Tournament, South Carroll's Andrew Winfield never had beaten his North Carroll rival dating back to their junior-league days.

Last night, Winfield not only had to deal with his history against a motivated Pearre, but he had to do it while wrestling gingerly in his return bout from a fractured hand that had kept him sidelined for nearly two weeks.

And Winfield (160 pounds), wearing a wrap on his right hand, came through yet again, countering his way to a 6-2 victory that came amid a six-bout sweep by the 13th-ranked Cavaliers; that run propelled them to a 32-25 dual-meet win over the visiting Panthers.

The victory raised the Cavaliers' record to 11-0 overall, 5-0 in Carroll County and sets up a showdown with unbeaten Westminster, ranked 11th, on Friday night.

"Tonight, I knew Robbie was going to come out shooting since I beat him last time. I knew I had to step it up," said Winfield, who is ranked No. 3 by The Sun, ahead of fourth-ranked Pearre. "I let him come to me and wrestle to me, but he's a tough guy.

"I'll definitely have to change things up because he's a smart wrestler and I expect to see him a few more times. For me to win was huge, and we started to roll from there."

The spree had begun with a second-period pin by Greg Eaton (152), who overcame a 2-0 deficit against Brent Turner. It included a 29-second pin by Tim Ferguson (171) and decisions by Mike Kincaid (189), Justin Debes (215) and Aaron Kunkle (heavyweight). Anthony Winfield (119) and Tom Wheeler (130) had a decision and a technical fall, respectively.

But the Cavaliers had to come from behind to win three of those matches.

"When he took me down, I knew they were coming after us," Eaton said. "I wasn't ready at first, so I had to turn it up a notch."

North Carroll (9-2, 4-2), whose lineup includes just one senior, earned forfeit victories at 103 and 135 and led 6-0 on decisions by Seth Knights (140) and Randy Shrek (145). Later, the Panthers got Dan Keller's wild 13-12 victory over Luke McLeod at 125, and a 12-2 win by freshman Tyler MacLeod (112) over Mike Horbey. Last Saturday, Horbey blanked MacLeod, 5-0.

North Carroll was also without fourth-ranked Tim Hutchins (119), who was sick.

"I lost the first match against [Horbey,] so I figured I'd try something new, and I think I did all right," said MacLeod, who scored six near-fall points after trailing 2-0 early. "I think a lot of people came back. A lot of guys got put on their backs and we didn't give up too many pins. This says we're tough, and we're going to keep getting stronger over the next four years."

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