Ferguson, S. Carroll roll, 54-21

Senior's 10-3 rout sparks win over Westminster

Wrestling

High Schools

January 08, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Having lifted weights and attended a Navy Seal-style military camp in the offseason, South Carroll's Tim Ferguson had worked too hard to receive a forfeit.

So the senior bumped up from his customary 189 pounds, where he is ranked fifth, to challenge Westminster's 215-pound Eric Burr. Burr (10-2) recently won last week's Arundel Tournament.

Ferguson proved up to the task, out-working his larger adversary in a 10-3 rout that sparked last night's 54-21 victory by the No. 8 Cavaliers (8-0, 4-0 Carroll County League) over the visiting Owls (2-2, 1-1).

A defending county champ, Ferguson (8-0) had pinned all seven of his previous opponents. Yet he gained more during last night's victory, which capped a three-bout sweep and helped turn an early six-point deficit into a 12-point lead.

"I wanted to get the work in, test my skills, not sit around," said Ferguson, who led 6-2 entering the third period, before headlocking Burr for a takedown and two near-fall points. "Being a senior is no time to be timid. I've been bumping up to 215 a lot this year. I want to go out with a bang."

Westminster's Joe Dell (160 pounds) gave his team a 6-0 lead. But the Cavaliers never trailed again after reeling off three straight wins, including a 43-second pin by No. 1 Drew Winfield (171 pounds), a state runner-up who is 8-0.

South Carroll had seven pins overall, including falls by Steve Willingham (103), Mike Horbey (119), Luke McLeod (135), Mike Willingham (140), No. 3 Tom Wheeler (145) and L.P. Schoonmaker (152). Horbey finished Lance Shelton in 53 seconds. Wheeler, ahead 14-1, took down Zach Ordrish for the fall in 3:26.

A pin by Russ Powers (112) and a decision by county champ Justin Hughes (125) had the Owls within 21-18 and 27-21, respectively. But South Carroll won the last five bouts, starting with sophomore Shane Wheeler's come-from-behind 6-4 decision of Brandon Johnson (130). Down 4-1, Wheeler pancaked Johnson for a reversal and three near-fall points.

"I stood up, he stood up, and I threw him," said Wheeler, whose father, Tom Sr., was a state champ at Sherwood of Montgomery County in 1982. "He was stronger, but I kept working."

Having outscored rivals on average by 63-13, South Carroll has looked every bit like a Class 2A-1A state title contender.

"We look good, but we're still working hard," said junior Tom Wheeler Jr., who has placed third and fourth at states. "We're taking it one match at a time, looking to keep getting better."

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