Winters Mill’s lone test this week took place Wednesday on the road against county foe Francis Scott Key, a test the Falcons passed with relative ease.
Backed by six pins and a technical fall, the visitors rolled to a 59-15 victory and stayed unbeaten in the Carroll County Athletic League. But Winters Mill’s challenges are only going to continue.
That’s how coach John Lowe is putting it to his grapplers.
The Falcons (10-4, 4-0 CCAL) are finished for another week, then travel to Liberty (19-6, 3-1) for more county action. Two days later, they visit Williamsport — one of the top dual-meet teams in the state. On Jan. 30, Winters Mill hosts South Carroll (11-7, 5-0) in what could very well determine the county champion.
“We’ve kind of compartmentalized it — there are two weeks left in our regular season,” Lowe said. “In those two weeks we have the other undefeated team in the county [SC], the next best team in the county [Liberty], and one of the most highly ranked teams in the state. … So we need to be on our game.”
The Falcons showed they were focused Wednesday night. Four of their six pins came in the first period, with Josh Burndley posting the fastest one when he won in 19 seconds at 160 pounds.
Jake Stiff (152) started the match with a pin in 1:42, Logan Konold (120) won in 1:48, and Colby Unkart won in 1:28. Cayden Beard (170) added a pin in 4:57
Zach Kirby (126) notched the tech fall when he beat FSK’s Andrew Green 19-4. Winters Mill led 30-0 after five bouts and never looked back.
Unkart said despite dealing with the lulls that take place throughout the season, the Falcons go into each match with a collective mindset.
“Have a game plan,” said Unkart, a junior, who improved to 22-2 with his pin. “Work your stuff. Score points in neutral and ride them out on top.”
Sticking to the basics has worked for the Falcons — Garrett Dell (113) is 24-2, Konold is 16-3, Kirby and Burndley are each 21-4, and Trevor Fawley is 24-1.
Francis Scott Key (1-14, 0-4) had its bright spots Wednesday. The Eagles got pins from Wyatte Johns (220), Zach Kinloch (106), and Nathan Perry (138).
Junior heavyweight Quinlan Stacy clipped Sebastian Springfield in overtime — Stacy trailed 5-0 before rallying to force the extra period, then snared a takedown to win the bout.
Johns ran his record to 20-2 and registered his 16th pin; Perry is 19-5 and how has 12 pins. But Key couldn’t keep pace with its opponent and failed to pick up its first CCAL win of the season.
Meanwhile, Winters Mill has another break before gearing up for its next test.
“That last [part] of January is really kind of hard to stay focused, because you’re not at postseason yet but you know it’s coming,” Unkart said. “It’s super exciting. All [of our matches] are going to be tough matches, all going to come down to bonus points in the end. We’re looking forward to them.”
152: Jake Stiff (WM) pin Connor Coughlin 1:42
160: Josh Burndley (WM) pin Sam Kinloch 0:19
170: Cayden Beard (WM) pin Blaine Robertson 4:57
182: Trevor Fawley (WM) over Anthony Klass (injury default)
195: Noah Ocasio (WM) pin Guanxi Chen 2:30
220: Wyatte Johns (FSK) pin Luke Proffitt 1:19
285: Quinlan Stacy (FSK) dec. Sebastian Springfield 7-5 OT
106: Zach Kinloch (FSK) pin Brady Forte 2:25
113: Garrett Dell (WM) by forfeit
120: Logan Konold (WM) pin Ethan Klass 1:48
126: Zach Kirby (WM) tech fall Andrew Green 19-4
132: Colby Unkart (WM) pin Josh Rouse 1:28
138: Nathan Perry (FSK) pin Isaac Ousley 1:56