No. 13 South Carroll cruises to easy win at county meet

Cavaliers take 3 titles

Pearre beats Winfield as North Carroll gets second

Wrestling

High Schools

February 23, 2003|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

South Carroll removed most of the suspense out of yesterday's Carroll County tournament before the final round started.

The 13th-ranked Cavaliers placed eight wrestlers in the finals and had the championship clinched before the last round started. South Carroll went on to claim three individual titles and rolled to an easy victory in the tournament at Liberty.

South Carroll finished with 210 points, beating defending champion North Carroll (168.5), Westminster (159) and Francis Scott Key (141). The Cavaliers bounced back from a tough loss to No. 4 River Hill in the Class 4A-3A North region final last week before the snowstorm hit.

South Carroll coach Dennis Frazier's main concern heading into the tournament was the shape his kids were in after missing a week of practice. Frazier stayed in touch with his wrestlers, urging them to keep running and staying in the best shape possible.

Luke McLeod (125), Tom Wheeler (130) and Tim Ferguson (171) won individual championships. McLeod was a mild surprise, coming into the tournament as the No. 3 seed and scoring three impressive victories, the final being a 9-4 decision over North Carroll's Dan Keller.

"I wasn't that optimistic at the [beginning]," McLeod said. "I just didn't feel like wrestling. That week off killed us."

Wheeler pinned Crit Jennings of Liberty at 2:45 and Ferguson also won by pin. He dominated Westminster's Paul Hester before pinning him at 2:42.

North Carroll had four champions to take second place. Zach Forbes (103), Tim Hutchin (119), Randy Shreck (145) and Robbie Pearre (160) all took first place. Pearre's win was the biggest surprise as he beat previously undefeated and defending champion Drew Winfield of South Carroll, 10-8.

Winfield had beaten Pearre in a pair of close decisions earlier this season, so the North Carroll wrestler was determined to come out aggressive. He took Winfield down and nearly pinned him in the first period to take a 5-0 lead.

But Winfield (21-1) slowly fought back. He kept slicing the lead but had to let Pearre escape a few times to have a chance at takedowns or more. Winfield cut the lead to 8-6 and then 9-8 in the final seconds and nearly got a takedown at the final buzzer, but Pearre hung on for the victory.

"I was going crazy inside [in the first period]," Pearre said. "I just wanted to get out there, hit my moves and put him down."

There's a chance the two will meet in next weekend's region meet at Liberty. Jason Brown of Westminster was the only other returning champion, and he won another title. Brown had to work hard also, pinning North Carroll's Seth Knights 59 seconds into overtime.

Knights forced overtime by reversing Brown with one second left in regulation to tie the score at 4. But Brown took charge in the overtime, taking him down and eventually getting the pin.

"I was just thinking about how much I was hurting and how tired I was [when the overtime started]," he said. "But it's all worth it now."

Justin Hughes (112) and Adam Muse (189) were the other Owls to win championships. Hughes scored an 8-2 victory over Francis Scott Key's Rubin Gill in the finals. Muse bounced back from an early 5-1 deficit to pin Bill Spradbrow of Liberty at 3:08.

Francis Scott Key also won three individual titles. Gage Rindt (152) won by technical fall (15-0) over South Carroll's Greg Eaton in their championship match; Tom Rush (215) scored a 12-1 decision over Westminster's Ken Frans; and Ralph Stambaugh topped Aaron Kunkle of South Carroll, 8-4.

Chris DeVilbiss (140) gave the host Lions their only title, edging Francis Scott Key's Lee Crowl, 6-4, in a tough match. DeVilbiss got a reversal with 10 seconds left to pull out the victory after Crowl had tied the bout early in the third period.

Francis Scott Key coach Bill Hyson said the storm actually helped his team as several wrestlers were battling a virus about a week ago.

"It was good for us," Hyson said. "It forced some of them to sit down for a week. "

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