A seeming eternity of domination ended for Centennial last night with the Eagles' 41-27 rout of the visiting Oakland Mills.
Only once in the history of both schools, in 1985, had Centennial beaten Oakland Mills in wrestling.
In the stands was former Oakland Mills coach Steve Carnahan, who retired two years ago after 17 years and 10 county titles. Carnahan called this year's Eagles (9-2, 6-1), "the best Centennial's ever had."
"Carnahan's always been a guy I admired, so coming from him, that's an honor," said Eagles coach Todd DeCrispino, whose team's losses are by 34-25 to No. 7 Hammond and 36-30 to No. 9 South Carroll. "We talked about what it meant to win tonight, and the kids really went after it."
The Scorpions (5-9, 3-4) won just five bouts, but were still within, 29-21, after a decision by Tom Meeks (160) and a pin by Brian Frizzelle (171). However, a forfeit to state champ Joon Kim (189, 15-2) put the match mathematically out of reach before Centennial heavyweight Aaron Perkins pinned in 4:53
The match was tied at 18 after the first seven bouts, capped by pins from Oakland Mills' county runner-up John Nguyen (135) and Centennial's Tony Carmadella (140). But the Eagles pulled away, 29-18, on a technical fall by Matt Augustin (145 16-5), who already has two wins over defending county champ Matt Sartwell (Howard), and a fall by Robert Rix (152), who threw Kurt Ricketts for two five-point headlocks before planting him in 3:16.
Earlier, Oakland Mills led, 6-0, and 12-5, as Jeremy Poe (103) decked Paul Kassoulis in a minute and county champ Chris Naylor (119) did the same to Nick Sabbatini in 3:16.
Centennial got a 23-7 technical fall by Billy Allen (112), a 6-5 decision by county runner-up Lance Rhodes (125, 13-1) over Justin Robbins, 6-5, and an 11-10 victory from David Roogow (130) over Kevin Sutton in in a wild bout that featured four reversals.
Rhodes overcame deficits of 2-0, and 4-2. His takedown tying the bout with 11 seconds left in the second period and an early third-period reversal putting him up, 6-4, offset Robbins' buzzer-beating escape.
"Since losing to Hammond, everyone was fired up and shooting for this [match]," Rhodes said.
Oakland Mills coach Brian Chadwick, whose Scorpions won last year's county title, has suffered through a dismal second year. Several wrestlers failed to return to the team -- one a county runner-up and another a third-place finisher.
"The last time I saw this program go 3-4 in the county, I was 12," said Chadwick, an Oakland Mills county champ in 1981. "And I've never seen us lose to Howard, Glenelg and these guys [the Eagles] in one year."