N. Carroll routs Winters Mill, 43-16



Having finished behind Carroll County rival Winters Mill in an earlier tournament, North Carroll's Panthers were out to prove they were better than that.

Last night, in a surprising 43-16 rout of the No. 6 Falcons, the 12th-ranked Panthers left little doubt about their capabilities.

Josh Trainor (112), Ronnie Seipp (119), Zach Forbes (140), Ryan Schroeder (152) and Jason Thomen (189) registered pins for the host Panthers (5-0, 2-0), who had the first takedowns in all but five of the night's matches.

Seipp's 80-second fall put the match away mathematically, 37-12, with three bouts left, but Schroeder nailed his man to the mats in nearly half that time.

"We were all pumped up in the locker room. With the adrenaline, we were just going nuts," said Schroeder, who scored a 48-second pin. "This is what can happen when we're wrestling with intensity. And we're looking to do this every time."

The Panthers won both marquee bouts, with Jeremy Seipp (103) dominating a battle of freshman former junior league stars, 11-2, over Jake Pennington, and Tyler MacLeod (145) bumping up a weight class to defeat Dan Sharkey, 8-6, on an overtime takedown.

MacLeod's method of victory was a surprise, considering he's known for his cradle pinning maneuver. Sharkey twice countered MacLeod's bread-and-butter move, however, forcing the senior to rely on a single-leg takedown to win.

"I got a good first shot on him in the first period on the sweep single, so I was confident on my feet," said MacLeod, who is 13-1 with 12 pins. "He's really good at tosses [on takedowns], but I was careful and it worked out in the end."

Tom Goretsas (125) and Rob Bell (135) also earned decisions against Winters Mill (2-1, 1-1), whose winners were Tim Crocken (130) by major decision, and Dave Menaasche (160), Luke Benko (171), James Shriver (215) and Derek Myers (275) by decision.

Winters Mill was without two wrestlers due to illness and injury, forcing coach John Lowe to wrestle a few others out of their normal weight classes.

"They beat us on the mat tonight. They were good with legs and their cradles. We knew what they were going to do, and they did it, anyway," said Lowe. "I'm sure they were furious that we finished ahead of them at McDonogh's tournament. This is their house; they wanted to send a message and we received it."


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