No. 3 River Hill rolls over Dulaney, South Carroll

Class 4A-3A wrestling

High School

February 13, 2003|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

River Hill coach Earl Lauer certainly can predict matches.

Lauer told his Hawks before last night's Class 4A-3A North regional dual-meet tournament that he didn't expect them to lose more than three bouts in their first match against Dulaney -- and then repeat the feat in the final.

The third-ranked, host Hawks then followed Lauer's orders perfectly. River Hill routed Dulaney in the first round before coming back to roll over No. 11 South Carroll, 42-10, in the championship match.

The total number of bouts lost -- six, three in each match.

"I told the kids that we should not lose more than three [bouts] in either one," Lauer said. "I think our overall depth made a difference, and I felt good about the way they wrestled."

River Hill (21-3) had the title clinched with four bouts remaining against South Carroll and advanced to Saturday's dual-meet state final four at Catoctin. The victory also was the 100th in the school's seven-year history.

"They wrestled well, and they shut us down," South Carroll coach Dennis Frazier said. "That's about all I can say."

The Hawks started the night with a 58-14 win over Dulaney. River Hill had little trouble in that match, getting seven pins while rolling over the Lions in just 65 minutes.

South Carroll (18-2) also didn't have many problems in its first round match, a 45-21 victory over Carroll County rival Westminster. The Cavaliers jumped out to a big early lead over the 14th-ranked Owls and coasted home in their second victory of the season against Westminster.

The Cavaliers got off to a good start in the title match. Drew Winfield (160 pounds) scored a 9-0 shutout over Thomas Perkins in the first bout to give South Carroll an early 4-0 team lead.

But that was about it for the Cavaliers as the Hawks reeled off eight consecutive victories to take a 32-4 lead. Austin Sneeringer (171), Mikey Lignelli (189), Jesse Fawcett (215), heavyweight Daniel "Stove Top" Stahovic, Vince Cina (103), Bryan Hartman (112), Ryan Lauer (119) and David Adams (125) all won for the Hawks.

Stahovic had one of the more impressive victories, battling South Carroll's Aaron Kunkle throughout before pulling away late for a 13-5 victory.

"We were basically looking at states," Stahovice said. "We want this one really bad."

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