South Carroll senior Jamar Williams talk about getting his 100th career wrestling win. (Tom Worgo / Carroll County Times)
A few weeks into the high school wrestling season, the winning tradition at South Carroll seems to be right on track.
Four wrestlers are undefeated, one other has lost only once, and the Cavaliers boast a perfect record in dual meets.
The three-time defending Class 2A-1A state champion Cavs kept that mark intact by rallying for a 41-34 victory over host Westminster Tuesday night.
South Carroll dominated in the lower weights, recording four pins in only 2:05 to end the match.
They came from two-time defending state champion Joey Thomas (126 pounds, 12-0 record), Travis Crawford (120), Dakota Bowers (113, 12-0) and Jagger Clapsadle (106, 12-0) as the Cavaliers quickly erased a 34-17 deficit.
Clapsadle, a freshman, started the stretch by pinning Kyle Rizzo in 19 seconds and Thomas ended it by decking Zach Caltrider in 36 seconds.
"We knew we had four of the best wrestlers in the state of Maryland in our lightweights, and we knew they were going to shine," South Carroll coach Bryan Hamper said. "All four of them came through in a big way."
Hamper must put senior Jamar Williams (171) in same category as his lightweights.
Williams won his 100th career match and improved to 12-0 with a second-period pin of Nic Boyle and now owns a 100-3 career mark.
"It's a great milestone," Hamper said. "100 wins is a bench mark for success. But he's a two-time state champion and going for a third title is more important."
Thomas, a senior, ran his winning streak to 114 matches and he owns a career record of 157-3.
"He is one of those rare kids that walks into a public-school building," said Hamper, noting Thomas recently accepted a wrestling scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh. "He is ranked in the top five in the country. It's a real privilege to be able to coach him."
South Carroll (9-0, 1-0 county) needed Williams and Thomas to be at their best against Westminster.
After South Carroll's Cam Werner (132) started off the night with a pin, Westminster took the next three bouts to go ahead 13-6. Brad Walsh (138) scored a 9-0 decision over sophomore Steven Dahl, Tyler Watkins (145) beat Tyler Harbison 7-2, and Riley Eckenbarger (152) was the benefactor of a forfeit.
The Cavaliers retook the lead 17-13 when Jake MacKenzie scored a technical fall, 23-8, over Parker Streib and Williams recorded his pin.
The rest of the night, however, belonged to South Carroll with the Cavaliers' four consecutive pins.
"I thought our guys wrestled with a lot of heart, effort and energy," Westminster coach Mike Flemming said. "Their little big guns came through in a big way. We knew we had to have a little bit more of a lead going into it."