The Carroll County Athletic League wrestling championship was supposed to be decided Wednesday, when South Carroll traveled to Winters Mill for their annual showdown.
Mother Nature intervened, and inclement weather forced schools to close. The match was postponed and rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 4. But with the last play day for regional dual-meet tournament seeding set for Saturday, Feb. 2, the schools decided to reset the match.
The Falcons (13-5, 5-0 CCAL) now host the Cavaliers (14-7, 5-0) on Saturday night at 7.
South Carroll’s official regional duals record is 10-3, which was good for fifth place in the Class 2A West Region standings as of Thursday (according to team records posted on mdwrestling.net). The Cavs could qualify without having to wrestle the Falcons within the seeding time frame, should Middletown (9-3, sixth place) lose to either Oakdale or Urbana.
Middletown was set to wrestle Oakdale on Thursday, and has Urbana on Friday.
If the Cavs and Knights finish tied in the standings, however, Middletown advances based on its head-to-head result (a 51-28 win on Dec. 6).
South Carroll athletic director Jim Horn said he and SC coach Matt Thomas agreed they’d prefer wrestling Winters Mill within the regional seeding time so the Cavaliers would have a chance to qualify on their own merit.
Winters Mill was third in the regional standings as of Thursday at 10-1, with Damascus (11-0) and Williamsport (11-1) in the top two spots and Poolesville (8-2) in fourth. The top four teams advance to the regional duals based on their power ratings (eight points per dual win, divided by total number of matches).
The Falcons qualified for the 2A West duals last season after beating the Cavs to win the CCAL crown.
Mavericks in 3A West duals hunt
Manchester Valley is seeking back-to-back regional duals appearances, and the Mavericks are in the mix once more in 3A West.
The Mavs (24-13) were 8-4 in official regional duals entering Thursday’s clash with Liberty. Man Valley was in third place in the 3A West standings behind Linganore (11-0) and Tuscarora (11-1) with two matches remaining.
Magruder (7-4, fourth), South Hagerstown (6-5, fifth), and Rockville (4-7, sixth) each had three matches to go as of Thursday.
The Mavs faced Linganore in the semifinals of last year's 3A West tourney, at Tuscarora High School, and tied the Lancers 33-33, but lost on the eighth tiebreaker criteria in the rule book.
Ladies night for wrestling Saturday
The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association is holding its Girls Wrestling Tournament on Feb. 2 at Northeast High School in Pasadena.
Westminster is sending freshman Molly Brough and junior Lockslea Meyers, while Winters Mill has senior Kiley Alcorn. Alcorn finished second in her weight class at last year’s tourney.
The tournament features 14 weight classes, from 100 pounds to 225. Medals will be awarded for the top three finishers in each class. Matches begin at 10:30 a.m., and admission is free.
Springdale Prep set for the spotlight
Springdale Preparatory School, located in New Windsor, is hosting the Hoops Classic on Feb. 18 at Towson University.
The Lions’ boys basketball team is one of four squads competing at Towson’s SECU Arena that day. First up is Mount Zion Prep vs. SPIRE Prep at 5:30 p.m., followed by Springdale against SPIRE Institute’s travel team.
SPIRE is based in Geneva, Ohio, and its travel team features several Division I prospects — led by LaMelo Ball, the fourth-ranked point guard in the nation by 247sports.com.
Springdale Prep is in its inaugural basketball season and the boys team is 10-6, having won five of its last seven games. The Lions played SPIRE Institute on Nov. 25, and lost 105-84.
Chandler Gentzel scored 41 points in Winters Mill’s 67-65 loss to River Hill on Jan. 28, and the junior guard set a new program record. Jimmy Dorsey (Class of 2007) held the previous single-game points mark with 38.