Century wrestling coach Steve Willingham talks about his team's win over FSK.

Francis Scott Key coach Bill Hyson said the key to his team winning dual-meet matches is getting pins — a lot of them.

The holes at lightweights drag the Eagles down since they forfeit in three straight weight classes.


“You have to get more pins than them,” Hyson said.

That didn’t happen Wednesday night against visiting Century as the Knights recorded pins in four of the first six matches to cruise to a 45-27 victory over FSK.

Seniors Dylan Fitzgerald (138 pounds), Brendan Cline (145), Nick Dahl (160) and junior Billy Bentley (170) registered pins for Century.

“We start off by losing the first match,” said Century coach Steve Willingham, whose team improved to 2-2 in the county. “But we came back with the pins from the upperclassmen and it set the tone for the rest of the match.”

Dahl improved to a team-best 22-4, and Willingham is eager to see him wrestle in the postseason.

“I think he’s placing in states this year,” Willingham said. “I really do. And I think he will make his mark in the county.”

Century's Nick Dahl wrestles FSK's Connor Coughlin during their 160-pound bout in Uniontown Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018.
Century's Nick Dahl wrestles FSK's Connor Coughlin during their 160-pound bout in Uniontown Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (DYLAN SLAGLE/STAFF PHOTO)

Century’s Connor Armstrong (132) rolled up a 5-0 lead in the first period on Nathan Perry in the first bout. Perry finished the match with a flourish and scored six back points in the final period for a 9-5 victory.

Fitzgerald (138, 16-10) got his team going by pinning Gunner Paolini in 1:03. Cline made it consecutive pins when he decked Sam Kinloch in 3:22 to give the Knights a 12-3 lead.

The Eagles got their first pin of the night at 152 with Blaine Robertson taking Jake Eggars down in 2:59. The Knights responded with another pin. Bentley’s fall of Ryan Owings came in 1:03 and boosted the advantage to 24-9.

FSK senior Nate Imes (182) dominated Eli Freas in the next match, jumping out to a 7-1 lead en route to 9-3 a decision over the senior.

Kane Richardson (195) followed by pinning Brian Steen in 2:41 for the Eagles.

In the closest match of the evening, Century’s Tom Morey (220) beat Wyatte Johns, 6-4, winning in the final period on a reversal.

FSK (3-7, 0-4 in county) trimmed the lead to 27-24 when heavyweight Quinlan Stacy accepted a forfeit. Lorenzo Lira (106), Ben Johnston (113) and Connor Armstrong (120) were the benefactors of consecutive forfeits, ultimately securing the victory for the Knights.

Just that quickly, Century’s lead ballooned to 45-24.


FSK junior Dontae Smith blanked Stephen Hurst, 4-0, in the final bout.

“I was pleased with the way we wrestled,” Hyson said. “I told them we thought we could keep it close. We had a couple of matches where bonus points hurt us.”

132 Nathan Perry (FSK) dec. Connor Armstrong 9-5

138 Dylan Fitzgerald (C) pin Gunner Paolini 1:03

145 Brendan Cline (C) pin Sam Kinloch 3:22

152 Blaine Robertson (FSK) pin Jake Eggars 2:59

160 Nick Dahl (C) pin Connor Coughlin 1:03

170 Billy Bentley (C) pin Ryan Owings 1:03

182 Nate Imes (FSK) dec. Eli Freas 9-3

195 Kane Richardson (FSK) pin Brian Steen 2:41

220 Tom Morey (C) dec. Wyatte Johns 6-4

285 Quinlan Stacy (FSK) by forfeit

106 Lira Lorenzo (C) by forfeit

113 Ben Johnston (C) by forfeit

120 Jack Armstrong (C) by forfeit

126 Dontae Smith (FSK) dec. Stephen Hurst 4-0