Winters Mill wrestling coach John Lowe talks about his team's win over South Carroll.
Winters Mill’s wrestlers have looked up at South Carroll the past few years after the Cavaliers won the county dual-meet championships from 2014-2017.
When the two teams clashed Wednesday, the roles were reversed — Winters Mill had clinched the title Monday with a dominating victory over Francis Scott Key, and added another county win Wednesday with a 48-31 conquest over the Cavs.
“It’s always good to beat South Carroll,” said Falcons coach John Lowe, whose team improved its overall dual-meet record to 18-2 and kept pace in the Class 2A West standings to qualify for next week’s regional duals.
“They’ve been our rival for years. We have traded (titles) back and forth, so it’s nice to get back on top. Hopefully, we will stay there.”
Winters Mill finished a perfect 6-0 county record, having beaten the five other county teams — Francis Scott Key, Westminster, Century, Manchester Valley, and Liberty — by at least 32 points.
“It’s a testament of how well we have wrestled in dual meets,” Falcons assistant coach Zach Blessing said. “There have been some very good dual-meet teams in Carroll County, but it’s definitely a good feat to have so many lopsided victories.”
The South Carroll-Winters Mill match looked like it could be close to the end, but with the Cavaliers leading 25-18, they forfeited five straight matches (160 to 220 pounds) to enable the Falcons to cruise to the win.
“We are still not healthy,” South Carroll coach Matt Thomas said. “We haven’t had a full team all year. It’s time to get healthy and get ready for counties.”
The Falcons’ Garrett Dell (106 pounds, 27-4) started the match off by accepting a forfeit. Sophomore Hunter Merson (113, 26-1) of Winters Mill followed by pinning Jacob Rippeon in a mere 49 seconds.
Reigning county champion and sophomore Dakota Bowers (120) won the first match for South Carroll and topped Logan Konold 18-2. Winters Mill’s Zach King was the benefactor of a forfeit at 126 as Winters Mill pushed its lead to 18-5.
It didn’t take long for South Carroll junior Travis Crawford (132) to pin freshman Zach Kirby. He needed only 1:17 to do it. South Carroll junior Cam Werner (138) trimmed the Falcons’ lead to 18-15 when he scored a 14-6 decision over Colby Unkart.
The Cavaliers took their first lead at 21-18 on a Steven Dahl (145) pin of Nico Vagnier in 2:28. SC boosted it advantage with Antonio Bradford’s 16-8 win over Josh Burndley at 152.
Cayden Beard (160), Troy Blessing (170, 27-3), Trevor Fawley (182, 26-4), Hunter Lowe (195, 25-3) and Alex Miller (220, 25-5) all received forfeits before South Carroll’s Patrick Quinn (285) won by injury default.
“I wish [we] could have had more matches tonight,” Lowe said. “Everybody was like, ‘What is going on?”
South Carroll faced a second opponent Wednesday evening when Marriotts Ridge came to Winfield for a makeup match and left with a 48-21 victory. Bowers, Bradford, Crawford, Dahl, Werner, and Quinn each posted wins.