South Carroll senior wrestler Joey Thomas talks about his team's win over Winters Mill. (Tom Worgo / Carroll County Times)

Winters Mill's dreams of closing the gap on powerful South Carroll in wrestling this season were dashed Wednesday night in the county dual-meet championship.

South Carroll hit host Winters Mill hard in the lower weights and cruised to its third straight county crown by beating the Falcons, 49-20.


Freshman Jagger Clapsadle's first-period pin at 106 pounds started a winning streak of 10 straight bouts for the Cavaliers.

Winters Mill coach John Lowe summed up his team's defeat to the three-time reigning Class 2A-1A state champions.

"Their first five wrestlers are definitely a wall," he said. "They have the ability to turn on the afterburners."

There were no big celebrations for South Carroll moments after the match, other than an acknowledgment that the Cavaliers achieved another goal.

"I preach that we are training for states," said South Carroll coach Bryan Hamper, whose team improved its dual-meet record to 31-3, including 6-0 in the county. "But that aside, we are extremely excited about winning another county title. It's something we have crossed off our list of what we wanted to do this year."

Before the Cavaliers could that, they watched Winters Mill dominate in the heavyweights brackets.

Senior Hunter Lowe (182, 31-5) started the night off when he wore out sophomore Matt Staley, 17-2. Then the Falcons got consecutive first-period pins from Alex Miller (195, 26-9) and A.J. Holmes (220, 30-5) to go ahead 17-0. Kyle Shanholtz (285, 26-11) followed by edging Pat Quinn, 1-0.

The rest of the matched belonged to South Carroll.

Clapsadle (36-2) started the Cavaliers on a roll after he decked another freshman, Hunter Merson (27-9), in 1:53. South Carroll won the next two matches by technical fall as freshman Dakota Bowers (113, 35-3) beat freshman Colby Unkart, 17-2, and Travis Crawford (120, 38-0) topped Logan Konold, 19-4.

It didn't take South Carroll's Joey Thomas (37-1), the county's all-time wins leader and two-time Class 2A-1A state champion, very long to pin sophomore Isaac Ousley (4-6) to give the Cavaliers their first lead, 22-20.

Twenty-seven seconds to be exact — it was Thomas' 29th pin of the season and the 182nd win of his career.

"We needed to keep them to 25 points or below in the first five weights, which we did," Lowe said. "Then, it was going to be a toss up in the next four or five matches. But they owned us."

South Carroll got another first-period pin from Jamar Williams (170, 38-0) and three more wins by technical fall to highlight the final six matches. They came from Steven Dahl (138, 30-7), Tyler Harbison (145, 33-5) and Joey Judson (160, 8-5).

"Steven wrestled great," Thomas said of Dahl's 22-7 win over sophomore Nico Vagnier. "It was probably the best match I have seen him have."


182: Hunter Lowe (WM) t-fall Matt Staley 17-2.

195: Alex Miller (WM) pin Richie Summerlin 1:40.

220: A.J. Holmes (WM) pin Mason Yeager 1:03

285: Kyle Shanholtz (WM) dec. Pat Quinn 1-0.

106: Jagger Clapsadle (SC) pin Hunter Merson 1:53.

113: Dakota Bowers (SC) t-fall Colby Unkart 17-2.

120: Travis Crawford (SC) t-fall Logan Konold 19-4.

126: Joey Thomas (SC) pin Isaac Ousley 0:27.

132: Cam Werner (SC) dec. Bailey Konold 7-2.

138: Steven Dahl (SC) t-fall Nico Vagnier 22-7.

145: Tyler Harbison (SC) t-fall Trevor Fawley 15-0.

152: Jake MacKenzie (SC) dec. Troy Blessing 7-5.

160: Joey Judson (SC) t-fall Josh Burndley 15-0.

170: Jamar Williams (SC) pin Casey Rowe 0:43.