Century High wrestling coach Steve Willingham understands that the Knights could take their lumps after forfeiting two weight classes and having two freshmen in the starting lineup.
Wednesday was one such night as Winters Mill recorded seven pins and cruised to a 57-17 victory over the Knights.
The Falcons received pins from seniors Hunter Lowe (195 pounds, 14-0), Alex Miller (220,11-3) and Troy Blessing (152, 12-2), freshman Garrett Dell (106, 13-2), sophomores Hunter Merson (113, 14-0) and Coby Unkart (132, 12-3) and junior Nico Vagnier (152, 8-3).
“The thing that is the most fun in wrestling is winning, pinning and trying to please the crowd,” said Winters Mill coach John Lowe, who saw his team improved its dual-meet record to 11-0. “That’s our goal every time.”
It didn’t take long for the Falcons to get the crowd going.
After Century junior Billy Bentley (5-4) pinned Trevor Fawley in 3:00 at 170 pounds, the Falcons took the next six bouts.
Winters Mill wrestling coach John Lowe talks about his team's rout of Century.
Casey Rowe (182, 14-1) of Winters Mill scored an 11-6 decision over Century’s Eli Freas to score his team’s first points. Rowe’s teammate, Casey Lowe (14-1), followed that up by pinning Brian Steen at 195 in 5:03.
The Falcons’ Alex Miller (220) pinned Tom Morey in 2:44 and Blake Billings (285) accepted a forfeit in the next match to boost the Falcons’ lead to 21-6.
“We know we are giving up two forfeits,” Willingham said. “But we didn’t expect to give up back-to-back pins at 195 and 220. It was tough.”
The pins kept on coming for Winters Mill with Dell (106) and Merson (113) recording back-to-back falls.
Dell took down Century freshman Lorenzo Lira (7-3) in 40 seconds and Merson pinned freshman Ben Johnston two seconds faster as the Falcons pushed the margin to 33-6.
Century trimmed the margin to 33-11 when sophomore Stephen Hurst technical-falled Logan Konold, 20-5.
The Knights, who fell to 0-8, would only win two more matches the rest of the way as Winters Mill kept its perfect record in tact.
“We expected to be undefeated,” Miller said. “And we knew we would be pretty good. We had a lot of returning wrestlers and a lot of them did weight training and offseason wrestling. We all really did the best we could to prepare ourselves for the season.”