South Carroll tops Owls for title

Coach's prediction rings up regular-season crown

Wrestling

High Schools

February 01, 2003|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

South Carroll coach Dennis Frazier told his team last week that it would beat Westminster by 27 points. The Cavaliers came to Westminster last night and made Frazier look prophetic.

No. 13 South Carroll had a surprisingly easy time in beating No. 11 Westminster to clinch the Carroll County regular-season championship. The Cavaliers won 10 of the 14 matches and cruised to a 43-15 victory - one point off Frazier's prediction.

The win also likely locks up a spot for South Carroll (16-1 overall, 6-0 in county) in the Class 4A-3A dual-meet regionals in two weeks. The Cavaliers have one regular-season match left - against Frederick County rival Linganore - where a victory could clinch the dual-meet region spot, possibly at home.

Many thought that the match against Westminster (10-1-1, 4-1) would be tight, but Frazier saw a much different picture.

"I told the kids we'd win by 27," Frazier said with a smile. "I was [just] looking at the matchups."

Said South Carroll 145-pounder Mike Willingham: "He knew all along. We did so well, and he knew it all along."

The Cavaliers led the entire way, but they blew the match open at the end after Westminster's Jason Brown (140) scored an 8-4 decision over Paul Schoonmaker. That win sliced the South Carroll lead to 27-15 with three matches left.

But Willingham pinned Aaron Correa at the 5:03 mark to clinch the South Carroll win. Greg Eaton (152) followed with the night's quickest pin, at 1:06 over Ryan Jacobs. Drew Winfield (160) then scored a 12-0 victory over Westminster's Joe Dell to close the match.

"They were smarter than us, quicker than us, more physical than us," Westminster coach Henry Mohlhenrich said.

The Cavaliers began the evening with impressive wins from Tim Ferguson (171) and Mike Kincaid (189). That gave South Carroll a 7-0 lead before Westminster's Ken Frans (215) pinned Justin Debes at 3:28.

South Carroll heavyweight Aaron Kunkel and Mike Grimm (103) scored decisions for a 14-6 lead. Westminster sliced the lead to 14-12 on decisions from Justin Hughes (112) and Steve Wittbecker (119). But the Cavaliers took command, getting a Luke McLeod (125) pin and decisions from Tom Wheeler (130) and Scott Sunderland (135).

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