Winters Mill senior Casey Rowe talks about team Falcons' rout of Liberty.
The Winters Mill wrestling team took the first seven bouts and cruised to a 64-15 victory over visiting Liberty on Thursday night in less than an hour.
The Falcons used nine pins — their second highest total of the season — to dominate the Lions and improve to a perfect 14-0.
Winters Mill (4-0 county) recorded a season-high 11 pins in rout of Centennial in late December.
“They are peaking and capitalizing on it,” Liberty coach Logan Yox said. “They have a veteran and very deep lineup. They are the No. 5-ranked school in the state. We knew what we were looking when we came in here.”
It wasn’t anything good for the Lions in the first half of the match.
Senior Alex Miller (220 pounds, 21-3) started the match off on a positive note for Winters Mill when he pinned sophomore Sean Connolly in 55 seconds. The Falcons’ Blake Billings (285, 15-10) followed with an even quicker pin. He decked Ryan Brown in only 44 seconds.
Then Winters Mill got another pin at 106. Freshman Garrett Dell (21-4) took down Max Harvey in 59 seconds.
The Falcons boosted their lead to 24-0 as sophomore Hunter Merson (113, 23-1) was the benefactor of a forfeit.
At 120, Logan Konold (18-5) jumped out to an 8-1 lead on Daniel Bird by the early part of the second period before the Lion closed to 8-5.
But Konold finished the match strong and posted a 13-5 major decision over Bird to extend the hosts advantage to 27-0.
“The guys went out hard and went out for pins,” Winters Mill coach John Lowe said. “You really like to see that. I think our strength isn’t even as much in our stars as it is in our support personnel. We have a lot of guys in our lineup that started wrestling in the ninth grade.”
Liberty sophomore Jacob Slicher (138) pinned Isaac Ousley in 1:31 to snap the Falcons’ streak.
But the Falcons recorded pins in the next three bouts. Junior NicoVagnier (145, 16-4) pinned freshman Anthony Marsico in 1:36, Josh Burndley (152, 18-7) recorded a fall against Sammy Nehme in 2:49, and Troy Blessing (160, 22-2) finished off McClain Butler in 3:18.
Liberty senior Jake Griffin (170, 28-1) registered his 26th pin of the season when he took down junior Trevor Fawley (20-4) in 2:21.
“He’s been a lot more aggressive this year and doesn’t feel any pressure,” Yox said of Griffin.