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Young 'Warriors' bring high hopes for Cavs


Mention the South Carroll wrestling program and the first words out of everybody's mouth these days are "they have Mike Chenoweth from their feeder system."

Chenoweth, a sophomore, wrestled for the state junior champion Warriors last season and is obviously talented.

Cavaliers coach Pete Olson has Chenoweth set to do battle at the 160-pound class, but didn't volunteer any other information about him. Wrestling coaches shelter freshmen and sophomores.

But the word is out on Chenoweth, and he will be under a microscope in the county as South Carroll begins its annual chase to overcome powers North Carroll and Francis Scott Key.

Two other sophomores from the junior Warriors, Charlie Conoway (152) and Dan Alberter (119), have won spots in the regular lineup for the Cavaliers. If all three produce consistently, the Cavaliers could close the gap on the Panthers and Eagles.

"Time will tell," said Olson. "We're an unproven team with a lot of youth. But we'll be there expecting to win our share of matches. We don't go into a season expecting to lose, even though we don't have the personnel of a North Carroll or Francis Scott Key."

A decision by senior Jeff Irvine (20-12 last season at 119) not to wrestle this season at 125 has dimmed some of the preseason enthusiasm for the Cavaliers.

Irvine told Olson he is "burned out" from junior-league competition and has no desire to improve on his ranking of fifth on the all-time career winning list at South Carroll after three years in the program.

"I talked to him about it [rejoining the team]," said Olson. "But I never try to make a decision for a youngster. He made his own decision."

Irvine was one of four Cavaliers chosen to the All-Carroll County second team last season.

Junior Dan Peiffer, another second-team choice, will take over Irvine's spot at 125 after compiling a 20-7 mark last season at 112.

"We need Dan to give us a 20-plus win season for starters," said Olson. "And then we need a lot of youngsters to produce right away. We have eight sophomores, four juniors and one senior in our lineup."

The lone senior is Tim Hinsche (14-14 last season), who will wrestle at 145 and try to join the 20-win class this season.

Other wrestlers expected to produce wins for the Cavaliers are juniors Kevin Sakalas (135), Matt Stephenson (140) and Steve Yokay (171) and sophomore Chris Heard (112).

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