Willingham's 3-2 win puts S. Carroll over top

Edging workout partner seals victory over Century

No. 8 Cavs also top Liberty


High Schools

December 16, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

South Carroll's Steven Willingham III had been nervous about last night's meeting with Century for the past week, "ever since I saw we had them on our schedule."

"I knew it meant I'd have to wrestle against Alex [Grossi]," said Willingham, referring to his workout partner in the Warriors' recreation leagues for the past two years. "There's not much we don't know about each other's wrestling styles. I knew it would be a real tough match."

As the 14-year-old freshmen battled fiercely, their anxious fathers, Steve Willingham II and Rich Grossi, sat next to each other in the stands.

Willingham's eventual 3-2 victory gave an insurmountable 29-point lead to No. 8 South Carroll with four bouts left in a 48-24 Carroll County League win.

The defending county-champion Cavaliers (5-0 overall, 2-0 league) also won, 63-17, over visiting Liberty (0-3, 0-2), a 51-26 loser to the Knights (3-1, 1-1) in the tri-meet at South Carroll.

"He likes to work from the top, so when I got to choose bottom in the third period, I knew he'd be looking to bar my arms up," said Willingham, one of eight Cavaliers to win twice. "He almost [turned] me a couple of times, but I heard my father yelling, `Head up, head up,' and was able to hold him off."

Grossi, who entered the match unbeaten at 3-0, said he looks forward to facing his former teammate again. "We always practiced together," he said. "But this was the first time we ever wrestled a real match."

For South Carroll, Tim Ferguson had pins in 18 and 50 seconds at 189 and 215 pounds, respectively, and Luke Macleod (135) also pinned twice. Tom Wheeler (145) and Andrew Winfield each had a pin and a technical fall, the latter at 171 and 189 pounds, respectively.

Anthony Winfield (140) scored a major decision and a decision, Mike Horbey (119) won by major decision and forfeit, and C.J. Naper (125) by pin and a 1-0 decision over Century's previously unbeaten Joe Bowers (3-1).

Anthony Winfield used a headlock to build an early 5-0 lead in his 9-4 decision over Century's Steffan Waugh, who had won a decision at 145 pounds in his match against Liberty.

Waugh is the son of Century's Bobby Waugh, a former assistant to South Carroll's Dennis Frazier. Bobby Waugh now serves as an assistant to Knights head coach Stephen Speck.

Willingham, Horbey, Wheeler, Ferguson and both Winfields remained unbeaten.

Frazier's new assistants, Matt Postlethwait and Russ Hughes, are former All-Americans at Penn State who have helped to sharpen the Cavaliers' skills.

"We were kind of sloppy over the weekend against Frederick," said Andrew Winfield, a state runner-up in 2002. "But tonight, I thought we looked pretty sharp."

Century had double winners in 130-pound Evan Schrodel (4-0) with two pins, and 112-pound Jordan Black (3-1) and heavyweight Nick Rowe (3-1), each with a pin and a forfeit. Winning twice for Liberty was state runner-up Chris De Vilbiss (3-0) with a pin and a 17-1 technical fall.

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