Both coaches agreed that the 160-pound bout was pivotal in Oakland Mills' 36-33 victory over Centennial yesterday.
Oakland Mills senior Quentin Milroe, who hadn't wrestled since his freshman year, turned the match around by pinning John Anacker in 1: 57. His win gave the Scorpions a 33-24 lead.
"No doubt that 160 won it for us," said Oakland Mills coach Brian Chadwick. "Quentin came back and beat two kids in the Chopticon Tournament who were beating him, and he did it again today."
Anacker had Milroe on his back earlier in the first period but couldn't quite get the pin call.
"I knew I had to get six [points]," Milroe said. "I tried to get the throw the whole time, but finally his head popped up and I got it. This was an important win for us, because they look like they could come back strong later this season."
Both coaches agreed that the 160-pound bout could have gone either way.
"I'd have been real worried if we had lost it. "They [Centennial] always wrestle us hard as nails," said Chadwick, whose team lost to Centennial last season.
His team was favored to win based on its strong second-place finish in the county tournament last season and the fact that so many wrestlers returned. The Scorpions also finished fourth in the Chopticon Tourney last weekend against good competition.
Centennial (1-2 overall, 1-1 league), which finished second with a 6-1 record in last season's dual-meet standings behind Hammond, is almost a completely new team and was coming off a last-place finish at the Annapolis Tourney last weekend.
"I expected to do better," Chadwick said. "Centennial wrestled well, and we wrestled poorly. There were too many pins. We need more heart and pride."
After Milroe's pin, Oakland Mills' Bryan Frizzelle decisioned Jerry Freese, 8-3, to put the Scorpions ahead, 36-24. Centennial's Justin Rix's 5-3 decision over Bryan Cole at 189 wasn't enough to win the match.
Pub Date: 12/11/96