Winters Mill wrestling coach John Lowe talks about the Falcons' loss to Damacus.
For a Winters Mill wrestling team that made a name for itself pinning opponents this season, the Class 2A West regional dual-meet semifinal against host Damascus represented a reversal of fortune.
Damascus recorded nine pins to roll to a 66-12 victory in less than an hour Thursday night.
Six of them came in less than a minute.
“This team is as good as advertised,” Falcons coach John Lowe said of the Hornets, who have won five consecutive dual-meet titles. “I think there is intimidation factor. Once they start racking up a bunch of wins, the guys say, ‘Oh well.’”
Damascus coach John Furgeson said all of his team’s experience over the years in the regional dual-meet tournament was significant.
Winters Mill was making its first appearance in the event in five years.
“We have been here and done it before,” Furgeson explained. “We have seen this intensity and our guys really came out to wrestle.”
Defending state champion Paul Evan Purkey (195 pounds, 30-3) started the night by pinning Hunter Lowe (25-5) in 38 seconds.
Winters Mill senior Alex Miller (25-7) had a 1-0 lead on Aiden Beall at 220 heading into the final period, but Beall scored on an escape, Miller was called for stalling and the Beall got a takedown as he prevailed 4-1.
“I thought the stalling call was a little premature,” Lowe said. “And I think he had a chance to take it at the end, but he just didn’t get there.”